He began to answer the first even before the reporter had fully finished asking it. He was fired up and emotional after watching his defense miss tackles and allow nearly 700 yards of total offense to Arizona in a 44-20 loss.
Despite the numbers and the score, MacIntyre said his team should have won the game but didn't because of poor execution.
But that wasn't the whole story.
The Buffs were competitive and trailed by only 14 points late in the third quarter when MacIntyre made several questionable decisions that might have cost his team a chance at a come-from-behind win.
CU drove to the Arizona 4-yard line but turned the ball over on downs when quarterback Sefo Liufau threw incomplete out of the back of the end zone on fourth down. Some fans surely wondered why MacIntyre didn't kick a field goal and cut the lead to 11 points with a full quarter remaining.
After the CU defense forced an Arizona punt on the next possession, the Buffs' offense stalled deep in its own end. MacIntyre called a fake punt from his 17-yard line and punter Darragh O'Neill gained only one yard, giving the Wildcats the ball at the CU 18.
This is the explanation he gave for that decision
"Because if you see us playing defense, we couldn't' stop them," MacIntyre said. "I thought it was a good place to try it.
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey scored his fourth touchdown of the night two plays later to go up three scores against the demoralized Buffs. CU has now lost 12 straight Pac-12 games.
Carey has scored in nine consecutive quarters against the Buffs. He has also scored 11 of his 42 career touchdowns against CU.
A year after setting the single-game rushing record against the Buffs in Tucson, Carey ran 23 times for 119 yards. It was quarterback B.J. Denker who really killed the Buffs this year.
Denker found huge chunks of yardage calling his name on read-option plays and ran 15 times for 192 yards as the Wildcats gobbled up nearly 700 yards of total offense.
"We couldn't tackle the quarterback," MacIntyre said. "We must have missed him seven times, probably 200 yards of offense off of missed tackles on the quarterback. We have to work on tackling better."
The Buffs missed a chance to produce the 300th victory in the history of Folsom Field on a crisp homecoming night. It was also the 300th game in MacIntyre's coaching career at all levels of the sport.
Like so many other home games in recent years, the bulk of the fourth quarter was played in a mostly empty stadium. CU reported 38,679 attended the blackout game.
It is the third time in four home games CU has fallen short of the 40,000-mark in attendance. Prior to this season, the Buffs hadn't played in front of less than 40,000 fans at Folsom Field since 1988.
The Arizona offense started strong with a 14-play drive on its first possession of the game, taking a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Carey, the nation's leading rusher.
CU answered abruptly when quarterback Sefo Liufau lofted a ball into the arms of wide receiver Paul Richardson, who beat cornerback Jonathan McKnight for a 75-yard touchdown pass. It was the 12th catch of 50 or more yards in Richardson's career.
Richardson later left the game with an ankle injury. He is day-to-day.
Arizona put together another long drive on its next possession, but CU managed to force the Wildcats to settle for a 37-yard field goal from Jake Smith to take a 10-7 lead.
Colorado drove into Arizona territory five times in the first half but came away with only six points on those drives from two long Will Oliver field goals, including a career best 53-yard kick through the uprights on thesouth end of the stadium. Oliver also missed a 52-yard attempt wide left.
The CU defense stopped Arizona on four straight series at one point in the first half, including two possessions that ended with linebacker Woodson Greer recovering a fumble and an interception by safety Jered Bell.
That helped CU grab a 13-10 lead, but Arizona recaptured the lead with less than 3 minutes remaining on a 7-yard run by Carey. The touchdown was set up by a 22-yard pass from B.J. Denker to Terrence Miller that was challenged by MacIntyre.
It appeared Miller didn't get a foot down inbound with possession but the replay official confirmed the call on the field.
The CU offense responded with a three-and-out and gave the ball back to the Wildcats with 1 minute, 17 seconds remaining in the half. Arizona didn't need nearly that much time to get back to the end zone.
Carey found some running room and gained 30 yards on the first play and Denker connected with Nate Phillips on a 56-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Phillips beat Bell on the play and suddenly the Wildcats were ahead by double digits.
The Buffs trimmed back to seven in the third quarter and might have been able to do so again in the fourth, but it seemed like MacIntyre became impatient and tried to force the issue.
MacIntyre said he had no regrets after the game.
"We played our hearts out, we've got to play better," he said.
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Arizona 44, Colorado 20
Arizona 10 14 10 10--44
Colorado 7 6 7 0--20
Ari -- Carey 1 run (J.Smith kick), 7:55.
Col -- Richardson 75 pass from Liufau (Oliver kick), 7:42.
Ari -- FG J.Smith 37, 4:34.
Col -- FG Oliver 53, 14:50.
Col -- FG Oliver 48, 5:12.
Ari -- Carey 7 run (J.Smith kick), 2:28.
Ari -- Phillips 44 pass from Denker (J.Smith kick), :50.
Ari -- FG J.Smith 26, 13:25.
Col -- Adkins 1 run (Oliver kick), 9:53.
Ari -- Carey 1 run (J.Smith kick), 7:55.
Ari -- Carey 6 run (J.Smith kick), 14:30.
Ari--FG J.Smith 28, 9:10.
A -- 38,679.
First downs 26 19
Rushes-yards 50-405 42-137
Passing 265 212
Comp-Att-Int 21-32-1 17-33-1
Return Yards 19 26
Punts-Avg. 4-37.0 5-38.6
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-69 2-20
Time of Possession 29:29 30:31
RUSHING -- Arizona, Denker 15-192, Carey 23-119, Jenkins 9-87, Baker 3-7. Colorado, Adkins 16-54, Powell 13-35, Liufau 8-33, T.Jones 4-14, O'Neill 1-1.
PASSING -- Arizona, Denker 21-32-1-265. Colorado, Liufau 17-32-1-212, Richardson 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- Arizona, Grant 6-41, Phillips 4-69, T.Miller 3-69, Richards 3-50, Carey 3-12, Wharton 2-24. Colorado, Richardson 7-132, Spruce 3-28, Goodson 2-27, Fernandez 2-12, T.Jones 2-7, Adkins 1-6.