Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau has played in nearly four full games and been sacked just three times -- and never more than once in any game.

It's a big improvement for the CU offensive line, which gave up 10 sacks in the four-plus games that Connor Wood was under center.

"Sefo is able to move around in the pocket a little bit and he's starting to understand how to get a little bit better timing," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "I think early on he was kind of holding the ball a little bit too long at times. But, he can hold it until the last second, too, and get rid of it. He has a knack at that."

CU is on pace to give up just 20 sacks this season after allowing 52 a year ago.

Ball security

Against UCLA, kick returner Ryan Severson took a big hit on a return and fumbled the ball. That led to a UCLA touchdown.

"It was a big hit," Severson said. "I've got to work on ball security a little bit, but I just didn't even see him. It was a big hit."

He also fumbled another kickoff in the fourth quarter, but recovered the ball himself. Severson has had a good season for the Buffs, averaging 23.4 yards per return, so he was disappointed in his two miscues.

"After the game, I was really upset and bummed," Severson said, "but the coaches are there, they help you up and they're just like, 'Move on, keep your head up,' and they gave me another chance out here, so I'm just thankful for that."


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Severson is tied with Wood, who started the first five games, for the team lead with three fumbles. The one against UCLA was the only he has lost, however.

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