BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Sefo Liufau passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and another score in less than a half as Colorado beat Idaho State 56-7 on Saturday.
Phillip Lindsay ran for two scores as Colorado (2-0) built a 49-0 halftime lead on its way to a second straight blowout win.
Liufau, who had 384 yards of offense in the 44-7 win over Colorado State last week to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, had another big game with touchdown passes of 15 and 4 yards. He ended his day with a 19-yard touchdown run late in Colorado’s 35-point second quarter that made it 42-0.
PHOTO GALLERY: Buffs 56, Idaho State Bengals 7
Liufau’s backup Steven Montez connected with Kabion Ento for two more touchdown passes.
Jakori Ford scored for the Bengals (1-1), who had just seven first downs and 96 yards total offense.
Colorado receiver Shay Fields got the best of Bengals defensive back Anthony Ricks in a one-on-one battle in the second quarter. Fields went deep four times with Ricks chasing him. Ricks was flagged for pass interference three times, one of which was declined after Fields caught a 42-yard pass to set up a score. Fields had a 36-yard reception that led to another touchdown.
IDAHO STATE: Josh Cook had five receptions for 28 yards to establish the school record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,287. He passed Josh Hill, who is now with the New Orleans Saints.
COLORADO: The offense looks vastly improved under new offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini. The Buffaloes had 578 yards in the opener and 597 more Saturday. It’s the first time since November 2002 Colorado has had more than 500 yards of offense in consecutive games.
IDAHO STATE: The Bengals play their second-straight Pac-12 team when they travel to Oregon State next week. Beavers head coach Gary Anderson coached at Idaho State in 1992-93.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes return to the Big House next week to take on No. 5 Michigan. It is their second visit to Ann Arbor since the ’94 Miracle in Michigan, when Kordell Stewart hit Michael Westbrook with a 64-yard pass on the final play to beat the Wolverines, 27-26.
– By MICHAEL KELLY, AP Sports Writer
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