Liufau's heart hurting after loss in finale

A beat and battered Sefo Liufau limped into the visitor press room following his team's 24-17 loss to the University of Utah. When asked what hurts him the most, Buff fans might be surprised by the true freshman's answer.

A beat and battered Sefo Liufau limped into the visitor press room following his team's 24-17 loss to the University of Utah.

Teary eyes, evidently beaten and bruised, the true freshman quarterback was asked what hurt him the most?

"My heart," Liufau said with tears swelling up in his eyes. "For the season to be over, to let down this group of seniors who took me and accepted me as their quarterback, I hurt for them."

Liufau, who became the starter for Colorado after the Arizona State game, fumbled twice on sacks from his blindside that set up two early Utah scores. Even though he didn't see the sacks coming, you could tell that those turnovers ate at his core.

"Anytime you turn the football over and it leads to the other team scoring that's on me," Liufau said. "No I didn't see them coming, they were from my blindside, I had no idea, but I have to hold on to the football."

Liufau promised the group of media that we may not see a lot of him during the spring.

"I'm going to go to work and prepare myself for next season," Liufau said. "I'm going to work extremely hard to get bigger, stronger and better. I'm going to work as hard as I can, you guys may not see much this spring, because I will be working all the time to be the best quarterback I can be."

It's already evident that the future is much brighter at Colorado with Liufau as the future for the Buffs at the signal caller position.

MacIntyre was asked after making a comment about Liufau's heart and attitude.

"Yes he will enter the spring as our starter," MacIntyre said. "He has earned it. Of course it will be an open competition, and the best player will play, that's why he won the starting role this fall."

Standout wide receiver Paul Richardson was asked about Liufau as the Buff's quarterback and his heart and progress.

"I'm so proud of him," Richardson said. "He has really grown a lot this season. He plays with a lot of heart; he gives it everything he has."

Liufau didn't make any excuses; he stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for the loss.

"I have to do a better job executing the offense," Liufau said. "We have to be better in the red-zone, we have to capitalize and do a better job when we are that close."

Liufau made this Buff Football team better after taking over as the team's quarterback.

One veteran coach commented after the game.

"He's our future," the coach said. "What a warrior, a true competitor, he is the type of guy that you want leading your team."

MacIntyre agreed about how tough his quarterback is.

"He is a tough one," MacIntyre said. "He gives it everything he has. He really took some tough hits and he keeps getting up and going back to work. He doesn't give up."

It was evident after Saturday's loss, as well as other games this season that Liufau plays with a lot of heart and emotion. His eyes tearing up after the end of today's game, just showed how important he takes his responsibilities as the leader of this team, as the signal caller for the Buffs.

The Buffs season 2013 season ended here in Salt Lake City, but the future for CU and for Liufau is definitely on the rise.

"Today there were tears in that locker room," MacIntyre said. "Earlier in the season there wasn't as many. These players are tired of losing, they will continue to work hard, it means something to them. We are getting better, I see it, in their eyes and the way they carry themselves."

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