Buff fans got a look at Colorado's future here Saturday as two true freshmen started for CU and turned in outstanding performances leading Colorado to an impressive 43-10 win over FCS and previously undefeated Charleston Southern University.
Coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buff coaching staff made a move in last week's game against Arizona State to remove the red-shirt off of true freshman signal caller Sefo Liufau. MacIntyre made it clear that the Buffs would go forward with Liufau as the starting quarterback, a move that shows that the Buffs are working to find ways to build towards the future of the program here in Boulder.
Liufau responded in his first game as a starter completing 15 passes out of 21 attempts for 198 yards and one touchdown.
MacIntyre was pleased with his freshman signal caller.
"I thought Sefo did a good job with his recognitions," MacIntyre said. "That first play of the game we had a little throw there to get him going and he threw it in the dirt. I was like "Oh crud", but he didn't let it affect him. He made a lot of good throws, he made one really good third down play where he jumped and threw it and I was pleased with a lot of things he did."
Adkins, who has been seeing playing time at tailback since the Oregon State game, started against Charleston State and turned in a breakout type performance.
The true freshman from San Diego, scored four touchdowns on runs of 23, 5, 33, and 34 yards enroute to a freshman school record. He finished the game with 137 yards on 13 carries.
MacIntyre smiled while talking about Adkins record setting performance.
"I think he is very good player," MacIntyre said. "He has power, he has speed, he has vision and he is very bright. That one run he made today over on the sidelines when it looked like it was all clogged up and he just crept in there, broke two tackles and then outran everybody."
The Buffs had only scored one rushing touchdown going into to today's game, that changed with Colorado scoring five from the ground.
Colorado held a 22-10 lead at the half, scored 21 unanswered points to even their record at 3-3.
MacIntyre saw improvement in his teams play Saturday.
"We're 3-3 with three bowl eligible wins," MacIntyre said. "We need to go get the one next week and if we can do that it means November will matter at Colorado. Something that hasn't happened here in a while."
MacIntyre realizes that his team will have to play better in their last six PAC 12 games.
"We have to play better in the PAC-12," MacIntyre said. "I have to coach better, our guys have to play better and that's what we plan on doing. I think we play better at home, I think our players enjoy playing at home, so I'm excited about us playing next Saturday at home against a good Arizona team."
Colorado turned in over 400 yards of offense, rushing for 218 and passing for 198 yards.
The Buffs will return to Folsom Field next Saturday for a 6 p.m. game with Arizona, before going on the road to UCLA the following week.