Liufau leads Buffs past Charleston Southern 43-10

Quarterback Sefo Liufau won his first career start Saturday
thanks to fellow freshman Michael Adkins’ four touchdown runs in
Colorado’s 43-10 rout of lower-tier Charleston Southern in a rare
mid-October breather for the Buffaloes.

Adkins set the school freshman record with his four TDs, capped
by a 34-yard run with six minutes left, making him the first
Colorado running back to rush for four touchdowns in a game since
Lawrence Vickers did it against Missouri in 2005.

Adkins finished with 137 yards on 13 carries for a 10.5-yard

Liufau completed 14 of 20 passes for 198 yards. He connected
with Paul Richardson eight times for 122 yards, including a 60-yard
touchdown as the Buffaloes (3-3) snapped a three-game skid in which
they’d been walloped by a combined 106 points, stretching their
Pac-12 losing streak to 11.

The Buccaneers (7-1), of the Big South gave up their bye week
for a $400,000 paycheck plus travel expenses to serve as a fill-in
for Colorado after its Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was
cancelled because of the floods that devastated the Front Range
last month.

The 13th game is the most ever in the regular season for an FCS

Liufau lost his redshirt year when he was summoned from the
sideline last week with junior Connor Wood struggling again and
falling behind 25-0 in just 11 minutes at Arizona State. Liufau
debuted with an 80-yard touchdown drive before throwing two
interceptions, losing a fumble and taking a safety.

Charleston Southern provided the perfect chance for Liufau to
make his first career start.

Colorado needed just six plays to take an 8-0 lead on Adkins’
23-yard-run and Darragh O’Neill’s 2-point run, but Liufau was
dropped for a 14-yard sack on his second drive and the Buccaneers
capitalized with a 16-play drive that ended in T.J. Higgins’
33-yard field goal.

Freshman Kyle Copeland, making his first start in place of
Daniel Croghan (concussion), also directed a clock-eating 15-play,
87-yard drive that lasted more than nine minutes and was capped by
Colton Korn’s 7-yard touchdown grab that pulled the Buccaneers to
22-10 at the half.

He also had a one-play drive, however, that ended in a fumble
deep in his own territory that put Colorado in control of the

Sacked by Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Copeland fumbled and defensive
lineman De’Jon Wilson recovered at the Buccaneers 12. Two plays
later, Adkins scored from 5 yards out for a 15-3 lead and then
Liufau then found Richardson over the middle for a 60-yard TD to
make it 22-3.

Christian Powell bullied his way in from 2 yards out in the
third quarter and Adkins added TD runs of 33 and 34 yards as the
Buffaloes ran away with it.

The Buffs can end their five-year bowl drought by winning three
more times because the NCAA is allowing them to count two wins over
FCS teams instead of the usual one toward the six-victory benchmark
because Fresno State couldn’t reschedule its game in Boulder this

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