SEATTLE -- Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson wanted to play a full season for the first time in his career this fall to see how big of an impact he could make on his team and what it might look like statistically.

Richardson hasn't made it to the finish line just yet, but he took a big step Saturday by electing to play on a gimpy ankle instead of taking the night off.

The Buffs' leading receiver was rewarded in the first quarter and also made history. When he caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sefo Liufau to get the Buffs on the scoreboard, he produced the seventh 1,000-yard receiving season in school history.

Richardson is the first CU wide receiver to produce 1,000 receiving yards in a season since D.J. Hackett made 78 catches for 1,013 yards in 2003.

Richardson also set a school record on the play registering his seventh play of 50 yards or more this season.

He finished Saturday's game with three catches for 77 yards.

Richardson played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2010, but he was injured for approximately four of those games and wasn't always a full participant. He played in nine games in 2011.

Gillam claims record

True freshman CU linebacker Addison Gillam unofficially set a freshman school record Saturday by recording five total tackles to pass former Buffs Jordon Dizon and Matt Russell.

Gillam came into the game with 81 total stops this season and needed two tackles to surpass Dizon for the most tackles by a true freshman and five to pass Russell, who made 85 stops as a redshirt freshman in 1993.

First fumble

When running back Tony Jones fumbled in the third quarter, it was the first fumble by a CU running back this season, breaking a streak of 253 carries this season without one. Cornerback Marcus Peters returned Jones' fumble 53 yards for a touchdown.

Notable

The last out-of-state recruited CU quarterback to lead the Buffs to a win in his home state was Robert Hodge, who led the Buffs to a win at UCLA in 2002. ... Former CU punter Zach Grossnickle is a reserve at Washington this season as a graduate student. Grossnickle got in the game in the second half and promptly sent a kickoff out of bounds. ... CU defensive linemen De'Jon Wilson and Samson Kafovalu shared a sack in the first half. It was the first sack of the season for both and the first of Wilson's career. ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Clay Norgard saw his first career action on special teams. ... Ryan Severson's eight kickoff returns tied for the second most by one CU player in a game.

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