It was a rough Friday night for the Colorado football program. After a strong first half showing against USC in Boulder, the Buffs saw a 17-3 lead turn into a 27-24 loss against the Trojans. The loss officially eliminated Colorado from being able to be eligible for the postseason, a goal that was likely to be out of reach even with an upset over USC with road games against Washington State and Utah left to play. Colorado also lost starting quarterback Sefo Liufau in the first half of the game to a season-ending injury.
Liefau will undergo surgery and miss the final two games of the season as a result of a fractured left foot (Lisfranc). According to The Denver Post, the injury will keep Liufau out of action for the next six to eight months, which means he will not be able to participate in spring football practices.
“You really care for him,” Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said after the game. “First of all, you want to make sure he’s OK, make sure Mom’s OK. Then go the next step, make sure academically he doesn’t fall too far behind (because of surgery). He’s a business major, our school is tough. Then get him on the road to coming back.”
When Liufau left the game with the injury, the offense was turned over to backup Cade Apsay. Apsay completed 18 of 23 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort.