Some felt that USC could name the score against Colorado, apparently not the case.
Some may feel that Colorado hasn’t improved this season, despite winning three more games than they did last year.
Some try to find the negatives instead of the positives this team has accomplished this season and tonight against a very good Trojan team.
This year’s Buff team didn’t quit, it was apparent by Colorado scoring 29 points in the second half.
“I thought our team kept fighting,” Mike MacIntyre said after his team lost to USC 47-29. “I was really proud. I was proud of how our seniors helped our guys prepare for this game and how a lot of those guys played their hearts out.”
When asked if he and his coaching staff would turn this program around, MacIntyre didn’t hesitate.
“IF,” MacIntyre said, “We are going to turn this program around, not if, it’s a matter of when.”
Some asked MacIntyre and the Buff players after the game if they had anything left to play for.
Both the players and MacIntyre emphasized how important it is to finish the season off at Utah with a win, allowing a young team, led by a true freshman quarterback momentum going into next season.
“I think this game coming up against Utah is an important one even though we don’t have any change to go to a bowl,” True freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau told the media. “It’s very important for next year for us to end on a high note this season. These guys are like family. We are going to stay together and we are going to go out fighting to win like we would if we had a bowl game.”
Wide receiver Nelson Spruce agreed.
“Coach talked about how we could either fall a part and go through the motions in our last three practices,” Spruce said. “Or we can end the season on a right note and keep the momentum going into next year.”
MacIntyre doesn’t feel this team has quit on him, his coaching staff or each other.
“I think our fight, the way we’ve executed on both sides of the ball a lot of the times,” MacIntyre said on where he has seen improvement. “I think the way we have put things together and the way our kids come to practice everyday. They are listening and asking questions in meetings and being conscientious. Those types of foundations-going to their workouts all the time, going to workouts all the time, going to class-doing the things you have to do on a daily basis to be a good football team.”
Colorado has had difficulty putting together four full quarters, something that has hampered the win column this season.
This happen against Saturday night against the Trojans.
The Buffs stood tall on defense several times in the first half, but the offense couldn’t get clicking.
The second half the offense clicked, the defense gave up a couple of big plays.
The Buffs were close, if CU’s onside kick had bounced just a little different, as MacIntyre described this could have really been an interesting game at the end.
“We had some opportunities in the first half and just couldn’t get cranked up on offense,” MacIntyre said. “USC had something to do with that. Then we got something going in the second half, we had the turnover (fumble recovery for a touchdown), and then we couldn’t stop them on the long drive. But our guys kept fighting and kept scrapping. Maybe if we could have gotten the onside kick-it was good execution; it went through three or four of our players hands, we just couldn’t grab it. It might have been a really, really exciting ending.”
A win next week against Utah would give the Buffs five wins, with so many true freshmen playing key roles both on offense and defense, this would be a huge spirit lift, the foundation is being laid for success in the future.
MacIntyre turned around a struggling San Jose State team. His first team only won one game year one, his Buff team has won four, no wonder he said it wasn’t a matter of if they turned it around, he firmly believes they will.
Now it’s time for Buff Nation to get behind that mindset as well.