Colorado (2-0) vs. New Hampshire (0-2)

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Folsom Field in Boulder

Win No. 43 in a coaching career typically isn't viewed as a milestone to celebrate, and Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre was no different.

He couldn't help but smile when told about the significance of his 43rd victory, however.

With a 33-28 win at Nebraska last Saturday, MacIntyre matched the career win total that his father, George, had during his college coaching career.

"That stirs my soul a little bit, for sure," said MacIntyre, who is now 43-59 in his nine year head coaching career at San Jose State and Colorado. He is 27-38 at CU.

George MacIntyre, who died on Jan. 5, 2016, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, went 43-66-1 during his 10-year career at Tennessee-Martin and Vanderbilt, from 1975-85.

"Anything that I can do that brings light to my dad, George MacIntyre, and respect him ... he was such an unbelievable man and incredible father," MacIntyre said. "I'm so blessed to be able to have a father like that."

To this point, MacIntyre's career has been remarkably similar to his father's.

In three seasons, George turned around the UT-Martin program. Then, he turned around Vanderbilt. In his fourth season with the Commodores, in 1982, he was named the Bobby Dodd national coach of the year.


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Mike turned around San Jose State in his three seasons there. Then, he came to CU and has turned the Buffs around. In his fourth season at CU, in 2016, he was named the Bobby Dodd national coach of the year.

"They do mirror a little bit," MacIntyre said. "Both programs that he took over, UT-Martin and Vanderbilt, were really terrible programs when he got here and he turned them both around. I grew up seeing that, knowing how to build and how to persevere and have patience and knowing how to, hopefully, motivate and care for young people and coaches and everybody around your program.

"It's an honor any time I'm mentioned in the company of my dad."

Another similarity: Both MacIntyres earned win No. 43 against a long-time rival, with Mike getting his against Nebraska and George getting his against Kentucky.

Shenault honored

CU receiver Laviska Shenault was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week on Monday, after posting 10 catches for 177 yards and the game-winning 40-yard touchdown against the Cornhuskers.

Shenault, who currently leads the country in catches (10.5) and receiving yards (194.0) per game, also scored on a 3-yard run.

Other players of the week were Utah's Chase Hansen (defense) and Arizona State kicker Brandon Ruiz (special teams).

Shenault is already the second Buff to earn player of the week honors this season, joining linebacker Nate Landman, who was defensive player of the week after the opener.

Notable

After reviewing film of the win, MacIntyre said he was impressed with how CU kept "playing extremely hard the whole time." He also said Nebraska's powerful defensive line wore down the Buffs at times, but was impressed with how the CU defensive line got better as the game went along. "I thought our defensive staff made some really good adjustments at halftime," he said. ... MacIntyre also said he was pleased with the composure of quarterback Steven Montez.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33