"I think Sefo is ready to step in and I think he'll do fine," junior receiver Paul Richardson said. "Guys were motivated (when Liufau came into the game). They wanted to help him get the ball into the end zone to build his confidence and we did that."
MacIntyre said the change appears to have gone over well with the team, including Wood.
"I thought his attitude on the sidelines at the game was phenomenal, and his attitude out here (on Sunday night), he practiced hard," MacIntyre said. "The way our game is, he'll get another chance again, somehow. It always seems like it works out that way."
Back to the basement: UCLA and Arizona State made short work of the two bottom teams in the conference, Cal and Colorado, respectively. The Buffs seem to have regressed after their 2-0 start and looked anything but competitive in their 54-13 loss to Arizona State, which led 47-6 at halftime. With four turnovers, they looked more like the 2012 Buffs. In Pasadena, the Bears lost their 10th straight game to an FBS team after UCLA won 37-10 behind 410 passing yards and three touchdowns from Brett Hundley. UCLA’s trip to Stanford next week was already super intriguing. Stanford’s loss makes it super-duper intriguing.
When Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011, the Buffs were not seen as the candidate to replace Washington State as the league’s red-headed stepchild. The Buffs had a proud history, a national championship, a Heisman trophy winner, and a long history of conference titles (at least one in every decade CU has played football, except for the 1950′s, when Bud Wilkinson’s Oklahoma teams dominated the Big Seven).
If anything, it was to be Utah, not Colorado, who would don the mantle of the scorned step-child in the new conference. The Utes were not the first choice of the league for an expansion partner, and Utah was making a step up from the Mountain West Conference, while Colorado was making a lateral move from the Big 12.
CU has been beat up the past three weeks, losing by a combined score of 155-46. The 51.7 points per game the Buffs have allowed in Pac-12 play is actually worse than the 47.9 points they allowed in their conference games a year ago.
Freshman Devin Ross handled kick return duties on Saturday because fellow freshman Ryan Severson was out with a hamstring injury. MacIntyre said he expects Severson back in that role this week, but that Ross would get some opportunities, as well. ... Tight end Alex Wood was "knocked silly" during the game, MacIntyre said, and will go through concussion tests this week. His status for Saturday is not known at this point. ... Charleston Southern is 7-0, but the combined record of the Buccaneers opponents is 11-32. The only winning team they've beaten is Division II North Greenville.
Newcomer of the Year: Addison Gillam, LB, Colorado Gillam drew rave reviews throughout the preseason, and the true freshman has backed up that play through the first half of 2013. He leads the Pac-12 in tackles per game (10.6), is fifth in tackles for a loss per game (1.3) and is tied for 14th in sacks (2). Gillam, who did not start playing football until his junior year in high school, was only offered one FBS scholarship — by then-San Jose State and now-Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre — and he is well on pace to set the school record for tackles by a freshman (85).
Newcomer of the year: Coin toss between the unbelievably versatile Myles Jack of UCLA -- who has future first-rounder written all over him -- and Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam. We’re a Gilliam lean simply because of the sheer volume of his production. The true freshman leads the conference with an average of 10.6 tackles per game, is second in the league in solo stops (35) and has 53 tackles and a couple of sacks on the year.
Colorado quarterback commit Cade Apsay put up big numbers once again as his Canyon Country Cowboys moved to 5-1. The Cowboys rocked Golden Valley (2-4) to the tune of 48-7. Apsay was 18-of-25 (72 percent), throwing for 334 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball four times for 44 yards. Canyon hosts 3-3 Saugus (Calif.) on Friday.
Colorado is a popular third/fourth-place pick in the preseason predictions I've seen. I bumped the Buffs up to No. 2 because I like what Tad Boyle is doing in Boulder and I really think their overall depth and talent will trump their youth.
AllBuffs - PacHoops.com - Target practice
Try it on. Slip into it and wear it around for a little while. It might be uncomfortable at first – I don’t think you’ve ever worn it before – but you just might get used to it. I certainly imagine you’d want to keep wearing the target that’s now on Colorado’s back. It’s the type of thing that comes with expectations stemming from a damn fine basketball team. A talented one and the expectations of a talented squad means people circle your name on their calendar and say, "Let’s get up for this." That’s a target and it means you are good. Get comfortable in it because you want to keep talent around, right? Keep it on; you’re going to like it.