SALT LAKE CITY – Colorado senior running back Phillip Lindsay broke a couple more records in his final game with the Buffs.
With a 13-yard catch in the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-13 loss to Utah, Lindsay broke the school record for most career receiving yards by a running back, with 976.
Earlier in the season, Lindsay set a new record for catches by a running back, becoming the first in school history with at least 100. He finished his career with 110.
Both previous records were held by Rodney Stewart, who had 93 catches for 969 yards in his career.
Lindsay also broke the single-season CU record for rushing attempts, with 301. The previous record was 298, by Rashaan Salaam in 1994.
Lindsay finished his season with 1,474 yards and 14 touchdowns. He closed his career second on CU’s all-time rushing list with 3,707 yards and second in rushing touchdowns, with 36 – finishing behind Eric Bieniemy in both categories. He also finishes fourth in scoring with 234 points and 14th in receptions.
Although Lindsay is graduating, he feels confident the Buffs’ run game will be in good hands next year.
“They’re al l talented,” he said. “I always say, when I came here I wasn’t going to be Bieniemy or I wasn’t going to be Rashaan Salaam. (The younger backs) don’t need to be like me and they don’t need to fill my shoes. They just need to be themselves and if they are themselves, they’re going to be good.”
Senior receivers Shay Fields and Devin Ross were both held without a catch on Saturday.
Fields finished his career third in CU history with 190 catches and second with 2,552 yards, but he had just one catch for 4 yards in his last two games. He left the previous game with a concussion and didn’t play as many snaps as usual on Saturday.
Ross finishes his career eighth on CU’s all-time list with 140 catches and 12th in receiving yards (1,626).
Another senior receiver, Bryce Bobo, had four catches for 53 yards against the Utes, but had three crucial drops – including a two-point conversion in the second half – and had a costly offensive pass interference penalty that wiped out a big gain early in the game.
After the game, Bobo tweeted, “Just played my worst game of football ever. I’m sorry to my team for the poor performance.”
Despite a tough night, Bobo finished the season as CU’s leader in catches (62), receiving yards (693) and receiving touchdowns (five).
He capped his career with 150 catches (seventh on CU’s all-time list) and 1,638 yards (11th).
- Buffs QB Steven Montez came up just short of the third 3,000-yard passing season in CU history, but his 2,975 yards ranks as the third-best. His 60.5 completion percentage is 10th in CU history, and his 18 touchdowns are tied for seventh.
- Senior safety Ryan Moeller (hip) and freshman outside linebacker Jacob Callier (illness) both missed the game for CU.
- Buffs punter Alex Kinney landed three of his first five punts inside the Utah 20-yard line. That established a new single-season CU record, with 28 such punts. The old record of 27 was set by Darragh O’Neill in 2014.
- In his final game, senior walk-on linebacker Trent Headley finally got to play, seeing time on special teams.
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