Noticeable progress

If it didn’t sound like the Buffs had lost by 22 points, it didn’t feel like it either.

UCLA’s 412 total yards and 215 in the first half were the fewest The Buffs have allowed by a Pac-12 opponent this season. Conversely, CU gained a conference season-high 381 yards and entered UCLA territory on seven of 10 drives. But the Buffs managed just two touchdowns on those seven trips and were forced to settle for three field goals while watching another pair of attempts missed wide right.

As they prepared to leave the Rose Bowl after their 13th consecutive Pac-12 Conference loss – this one 45-23 to No. 17 UCLA – the Buffs talked as if they were inches from a breakthrough.

“One of these games we’re going shock somebody and people will be like, ‘Wow, you guys won that game.’ We know we’re capable of that. We just have to play four quarters,” said freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau following his first Pac-12 road start.

UCLA quarterback, Brett Hundley, who will probably be a top 10-15 pick in next year’s NFL draft, really hurt the Buffs completing 19 of 24 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns while also adding another 72 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

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