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Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau scans the field for an open receiver last month against Arizona.
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Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau scans the field for an open receiver last month against Arizona.

Win or lose against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday, it could be a big day for Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau.

The junior is poised to become the school’s all-time leading passer and could set the mark against the Cardinal.

Liufau, who has thrown for 7,178 yards in his career, needs just 232 to break the record currently held by Cody Hawkins (7,409 from 2007-10).

“It would be good, I guess,” said Liufau, who predictably downplayed the achievement. “I would really like to win over everything. To break the record would be a tribute to the receivers and the lineman and the running backs and everyone else. … It’s not only just my record, but my teammates as well.”

Liufau has benefited from playing at a time when CU throws the ball more than at any point in program history. To his credit, though, his career completion percentage (62.9) is the best among CU’s top 10 all-time passers.

Barring injury, Liufau is also likely to break CU’s career record for total offense this week. He comes into the game at No. 2 on the list, with 7,576 yards, needing just 195 to pass Kordell Stewart (7,770 from 1991-94).

In addition, Liufau is just one touchdown pass away from joining Hawkins as the only CU quarterbacks with 50 for their career. Hawkins had 60.

Two other Buffs could hit milestones on Saturday.

Nelson Spruce is on the verge of becoming the first Buff with 3,000 receiving yards for his career; he has 2,947. Spruce is also one receiving touchdown away from tying the CU career mark held by Scotty McKnight (22, from 2007-10).

Running back Phillip Lindsay needs just 120 rushing yards to become the 53rd player in CU history with 1,000 for his career.


• CU has had five different players post a 100-yard rushing game this season. The only other time in CU history that happened was in 1954. Nationally this season, only Air Force (with six) has had more players reach the 100-yard mark in a single game.

• Kicker Diego Gonzalez is 7-for-10 on field goals during Pac-12 play, with all three misses coming from the left hash mark. Gonzalez has missed each of his last three attempts from the left hash.

• CU’s leaders in kickoff returns from 2012 (Marques Mosley), 2013 (Ryan Severson) and 2014 (Phillip Lindsay) are all still on the team, but none of them return kicks anymore. That job now belongs to Donovan Lee, who is likely to become the 10th player in the last 10 years to lead the Buffs in that category.

• Through five conference games, CU has used five different starting combinations on the offense line. Only three other Pac-12 teams (Oregon, UCLA, USC) have used as many as three.

• Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Kevin Hogan get a lot of attention, but tight end Austin Hooper could be a difference-maker. The 6-foot-4 junior has caught 19 passes for 294 yards and leads the team with four receiving touchdowns.

• McCaffrey enters this game with a streak of six consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The school record is seven, set by Toby Gerhart in 2009.

• While McCaffrey, who grew up in Colorado, will be facing the Buffs for the first time, his father, Ed, is 0-2 against the Buffs. Ed played at Stanford from 1986-90 and the Cardinal lost to CU in 1987 and 1990. Ed missed the 1990 game with an injury.

• CU receivers coach Troy Walters holds Stanford records for career receptions (248) and career receiving yards (4,047). Walters played at Stanford from 1996-99.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.

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