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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 28, 2014 at 6:04 AM

First glance: Colorado Buffaloes

Washington safety Sean Parker sacks Colorado  quarterback Sefo Liufau in UW's 59-7 victory last season at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington safety Sean Parker sacks Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau in UW’s 59-7 victory last season at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

First glance: Colorado Buffaloes

When/Where: 10 a.m. PT Saturday at Folsom Field.

Coach: Mike MacIntyre.

Coaching record: 6-14 and 1-13 in Pac-12 in second season at Colorado. He has a 22-35 overall record, including a 16-21 mark in three years (2010-12) at San Jose State.

Record: The Buffaloes (2-6, 0-5) lost 40-37 in 2OT to No. 25 UCLA.

Early line: Washington is a 5-point favorite.

Star players: Sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau, the former Bellarmine Prep standout, set the school record for single-season TD passes with 23 (breaking the record of 22 set by Koy Detmer in 1996). He finished with 246 yards on 27-of-45 passing and two touchdowns last week to surpass the 4,000-yard career mark. He has 4,055 passing yards, which ranks eighth on CU‚s all-time passing list. Lifufau has at least one touchdown pass in 16 straight games, the fifth longest active streak in the NCAA, and two or more in 11 straight games that is first in the nation. Last year he completed 12 of 22 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during a 59-7 loss to Washington at Husky Stadium. Junior receiver Nelson Spruce leads the Pac-12 with 77 receptions and 11 touchdown catches. He’s second in the conference with 864 yards. Spruce has caught at least one pass in 21 straight games. Spruce had five catches for 40 yards against Washington last year. Sophomore strong safety Tedric Thompson has all three of Colorado’s interceptions Senior cornerback Greg Henderson is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with nine passes broken up.

By the numbers:

7 — Number of catches Spruce needs to break Colorado’s single-season receptions record of 83 set by Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson last year.

11 — Interceptions thrown by Liufau who ranks fifth nationally.

38.3 — Margin of victory of Washington’s three wins over Colorado since Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. UW has a five game winning streak against CU.

192.6 — Average rushing yards Colorado allows to opposing team, which ranks last in the Pac-12.

— Percy Allen

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