When you are rebuilding a football program from scratch (scratch being one win the prior season) you are looking for any signs of improvement or positives to build on.
This is where Colorado first year Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre currently sits.
After a disappointing 47-29 loss to USC on the Buffs Senior night this past Saturday, MacIntyre and his team returned to the practice field Sunday night to practice one more week in preparation for their season finale at Utah.
MacIntyre got the chance to watch and review the game field Sunday prior to practice, he saw some positives that make him feel better about his football team.
"The one thing I took from the game against USC is that our guys didn't quit," MacIntyre said. "They weren't just playing to get the game over, they were trying to find ways to win it in the end."? MacIntyre thought back to the onside kick attempt late in the game, that the Buffs executed almost to perfection, but a bounce of the ball didn't give Colorado the ball and dashed the hopes of a second half comeback.
"If we get that onside kick and score, it's a three point ballgame late in the game," MacIntyre said. "Woulda, coulda, shoulda, doesn't work in football, but what really pleased me was the players's attitudes towards the end of the game."
Colorado has won four games this season, with a chance to finish the year off with a win in Utah Saturday to have a season high 5 wins, something that hasn't happened in Boulder for sometime.
"There is no doubt in my mind we are better than they were last year," MacIntyre said. "We are a play away here and a play away there that could make some games differently."
According to MacIntyre, he stressed to his team during Sunday evening that the Buffs could end this season one of two ways.
"You can either give it everything you have these final three or four practices and close out the season with a win and momentum this young team can use to build on for next season," MacIntyre said. "Or you can just go through the motion and get this week over with. From what I saw Saturday night against USC, there is no doubt in my mind that these guys will give everything they have this week, we definitely want to go out with a win."
Colorado will play in Salt Lake City against Utah at Noon Mountain Central time.