Colorado jumped out to a 17-6 halftime lead over heavily favored USC, but could not hold on, as the Trojans ran their all-time record over the Buffs to 10-0 with a 27-24 victory in Boulder.

Red-shirt freshman quarterback Cade Apsay, playing the final three quarters for an injured Sefo Liufau, went 18-for-23 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, but six sacks left the Buffs with a grand total of 59 rushing yards for the game.


Nelson Spruce added to his collection of records during Colorado’s 27-24 loss to USC.

With his 22nd touchdown reception, a nine-yarder in the second quarter, Spruce tied Scotty McKnight for the all-time lead in that category. Spruce long ago became the all-time leader at Colorado in receptions (now up to 279, which is also a Pac-12 record) and reception yards (3,116), with the touchdown record the last of the major records to obtain.

In addition, Spruce picked up the Buffalo Heart Award after the game. The award, presented “by the fans behind the bench”, has been given out since 1998. The award is coordinated by the same group of fans, selecting the player they feel best represents what it means to be a CU Buffalo.

The recognition and the touchdown record were all fine and good with Spruce, but it wasn’t enough.

“I was talking about this week getting that signature win and that would be my memorable moment here and we were right there,” said Spruce. “But the story of this season, we are just not able to finish. So being my last game this was definitely one that I wanted even that much more so it does hurt a little bit.”

Actually, it hurts a lot.


Nelson Spruce one of five seniors expected to start Friday … USC RB Tre Madden out for CU game … CU & KOA extend contract


Your paraskevidekatriaphobia “T.I.P.S.” for Friday the 13th (Buffs need all the help they can get) …