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No. 23 USC – Checklist

// Nov 23 -

The No. 23 USC Trojans took advantage of two first half Colorado turnovers to build a 23-0 halftime lead, coasting to a 47-29 win over the Buffs in Boulder. The Buffs’ point total matched the temperature at kickoff, 29-degrees, with only 36,005 on hand to witness the Buffs’ home finale.

USC quarterback Cody Kessler went 19-of-28 for 184 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Javorius Allen had 20 carries for 143 yards and three scores to lead the Trojans. The Buffs, held to 73 yards of total offense in the first half, managed four second half touchdowns to make the score more respectable.

Freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau finished 17-of-33 for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Paul Richardson, shut out in the first half, finished with eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Adkins led the CU rushing attack with 14 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.

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Colorado lost to No. 23, USC, 47-29, in a game which was not as close as the score might indicate. The Buffs managed all of five first downs in the first half, to go with 73 yards of total offense, falling behind 23-0 at the break. A total of 22 consolation points, and 172 of CU’s 312 yards of total offense, came in the fourth quarter with the game well decided.

The loss condemned the 4-7 Buffs to an eighth straight losing season (the previous longest stretch of futility, in 124 years of football, was six years – 1979-84).

With only the Utah game left on the calendar, perhaps it’s a good time to take stock of Year One of the Mike MacIntyre era.

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Parker Orms receives Buffalo Heart Award … A tribute to CU’s 14 seniors – “They’ve been through a lot”

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The Buffs are three-touchdown underdogs … but the game will be at night … in the cold … at altitude …

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