Colorado's Juwann Winfree wasn't expecting the opportunity that came his way on Saturday, but he was ready.
The junior receiver caught five passes for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns in CU's 38-24 loss to No. 15 Southern California.
Winfree wound up filling in for senior Shay Fields, who went down in the second quarter with an injury and did not return. CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said after the game that Fields had concussion symptoms.
"Seeing him go down was pretty sad for us," Winfree said. "He's a senior and he wanted to go out strong. I had to do that in his honor. I played for him and played for all the seniors out there. They preached all week how important this game was for them. It meant a lot. I just wanted to play out and make the most of my opportunities for the seniors."
Winfree came to CU as a junior college transfer a year ago with a load of potential, but missed the entire 2016 season with torn ACL. He's spent most of this year watching the Buffs' talented senior receivers. Winfree came into Saturday with just 12 catches for 109 yards, with his longest going for 16 yards.
Against the Trojans, Winfree caught touchdown passes of 79 and 57 yards in the second half, helping the Buffs rally from a 27-point deficit.
"He's kind of gotten his legs back under him as the season has gone along and he made some good plays tonight," MacIntyre said.
In addition to Winfree's big game, Bryce Bobo had 10 catches — tying his career high — for 113 yards.
It's the first time CU has had two 100-yard receivers in a game since Paul Richardson and Nelson Spruce against California on Nov. 16, 2013.