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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