True freshman running back Malcolm Creer hobbled off the field at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday using a pair of black crutches to keep weight off his injured knee.

Creer, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments, is the latest in a long line of Colorado players to suffer a significant injury this season. The number of games missed by players in the two deep depth chart now just causes coach Jon Embree to smile, shrug and shake his head.

"He's done. He has an MCL and possible ACL," Embree said of Creer. "He's ... unbelievable. Poor kid."

Creer had agreed to pull his redshirt and play just two weeks ago in the wake of starting tailback Rodney Stewart being injured. His season ended with 15 carries for 45 yards to his credit along with one kickoff return.

Happy returns

Colorado is expecting Stewart and wide receiver Paul Richardson to return from knee injuries next week for the USC game at Folsom Field on Friday night.

The duo has accounted for approximately 50 percent of the Buffs total offensive production this season. Stewart is the Buffs' leading rusher and Richardson is the team's leading receiver and most dynamic playmaker.

500 Club

Arizona State became the fourth consecutive opponent to rack up more than 500 yards of total offense against the Buffs. It is the first time in CU history the Buffs allowed that kind of production in four straight games.


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Sandersfeld back

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Senior defensive back Travis Sandersfeld was a starting cornerback in the first two games of the season before suffering a broken leg against Cal. He had missed the previous six games before Saturday while recuperating.

Sandersfeld returned to the lineup against the Sun Devils and played a part in the Buffs scoring their first touchdown of the day on defense. Sandersfeld tipped a lateral from ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler causing a fumble and Josh Moten picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for the score.

Merry go round

CU has used 13 different players to return kickoffs this season, including Justin Gorman and Josh Ford, who saw their chances Saturday. The only time in school history the program used more was the 1959 season when 14 different Buffs returned kickoffs.

Notable

Senior Shawn Daniels saw his first action of the year after a severe calf strain. He played on the field-goal team for two extra point attempts. ... Defensive back Vince Ewing, who suffered a torn ACL last season, had missed most of this season too because of swelling in the knee. He played for the first time Saturday. ... The Buffs committed a season-high five turnovers. They had turned the ball over only seven times in the previous eight games prior to Saturday.