Winning cures all ills.
At least for one night and perhaps a day.
Colorado won its fourth game of the year here Saturday night on a very windy cold night at Folsom Field.
The Buffs dominated the Cal Bears in a game that was a lot more dominant than the final 41-24 score indicates.
With a 4-6 record, Colorado has a chance to become bowl eligible and be in that conversation in the month of November.
Considering the fact that CU only one game last year, but just one point, there is plenty reasons that indicate the Buffs are headed in the right direction.
First year Buff Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre was very proud of his team's efforts.
"I think it validates, to the players, that their hard work is paying off," MacIntyre said beaming. "No way are we there yet, by any stretch, but this is a good step in the right direction."
Saturday's win featured several key players, one standout includes true freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau.
Liufau turned in his best performance as a Buff, despite a game with extreme wind conditions. The talented passer completed 23 passes on 36 attempts and just one interception and three touchdowns.
The true freshman signal caller downplayed how he played.
When asked about the extreme winds, Liufau refused to use that as an excuse.
"At times it was hard, but you can't make an excuse for that," Liufau said. "I thought overall I did a pretty good job throwing the ball today. The credit goes to the receivers, the running backs and the offensive line."
Junior standout wide receiver Paul Richardson had a record setting night, had 11 catches for 140 yards, tied the school's single game record of 11 catches and his 140 yards put him at 1,201 for the season-a single season record.
Richardson had a lot of praise for his quarterback.
"He (Sefo) showed what he is capable of," Richardson said. "Each and every week he is getting better." Richardson was humble about his record setting performance.
"I think that it is good for the university," Richardson said. "I've said it before; they bring guys in each year hoping that they can do better than the guys in the past. We have to rewrite history in order to get this program back to being successful."
MacIntyre was proud of how tough Richardson is. When Richardson was asked about his ankle, he had a two word reply.
MacIntyre wasn't shy about praising Richardson.
"I think he's real special," MacIntyre said. "Just the way he works; he's had a hurt angle and in the Washington game five minutes before the receivers are about to warm up he comes to me and says, ‘Coach I want to try it'. And he played. Tonight he wasn't able to practice really until Wednesday full speed. He went out there tonight and played valiantly. Very, very proud of Paul Richardson and he means to this team. Some guys in this situation say, "I'll be alright, but no he is a truly a team player."
Colorado led 24-14 at the half, and continue to dominate in the third quarter before the Bears scored a couple of late scores to make the game appear closer than it really was.
The Buffs had 485 total offense, 364 in the air and 121 yards on the ground.
This is the first time that the Buffs have had a chance for the month of November to actually mean something in several years.
MacIntyre talked about the importance of still having a shot of being bowl eligible.
"I think it's real important," MacIntyre said. "Some people thought I was crazy when I said a while back, and I that we would win some games here this season, and I still do. I still think we can win some more games that are left. They are going to be real tough against real good football teams. But now there is a little more to play for. Next week is Senior Day and it's awesome for our seniors, but now the seniors actually have a little big more to play for. So when they come back Sunday, I guarantee they will be a little more tuned up and a little big sharper."