Throughout the night on Saturday, the Colorado offense had trouble moving the ball.
When the Buffaloes really needed a big drive, however, the offense came through.
A key drive late in third quarter propelled the Buffs to a 27-22 victory against Utah Folsom Field.
Utah’s Andy Phillips drilled a 22-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 58 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at 13-13.
On the ensuing drive, quarterback Sefo Liufau marched the Buffs 75 yards in eight plays, capping it with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Shay Fields.
“It was real needed it, because we were just sputtering there with all the tipped balls and different things,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “That was a heck of a drive.”
It began with a Liufau throw to Devin Ross for a 1-yard loss, but the Buffs quickly gained some momentum. Liufau had a 7-yard run and then hit Ross for 12 yards to get to the 43-yard line.
After a pair of incomplete passes, the Buffs caught a break on third down when Utah was flagged for pass interference.
On the next play, Liufau found Jay MacIntyre down the left side for 37 yards, putting the ball at the Utah 9.
“(Liufau) made a phenomenal throw down the sidelines and hit Jay,” coach MacIntyre said. “That was a big play.”
An even bigger one came two plays later when Liufau hit Fields in the right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score on the final play of the third quarter.
“It showed a lot of guts,” coach MacIntyre said of that drive, “because it looked like they stopped us again. That’s when our guys turned it on.”
CU never trailed again, and while the offense followed that score with four straight punts, it was a drive that seemed to give the Buffs the momentum they needed going into the fourth quarter.
Liufau’s touchdown to Fields also gave him a personal milestone, as it marked his 60th career touchdown pass. That tied the school record held by Cody Hawkins.
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