Lindsay cares about wins, not stats

Mike Singer,
CU Sports Nation

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Colorado senior running back Phillip Lindsay had a huge game on the ground in a record setting performance.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pounder passed Rodney Stewart as the Buffs' all-time leader in all-purpose yards (4,989). He set the record for most rushing attempts (41) in a single game.

Lindsay ran for 17 first downs, which tied a single-game record by a non-quarterback for Colorado. His 281 rushing yards was fourth most in a game in Colorado history.

But following the game, Lindsay didn't really care about his big night. Why? Because Colorado fell three points short on the scoreboard.

"At the end of the day, we did not get the win," Lindsay said when asked about his performance. "That is what we wanted. We are going to go back to square one and get stuff rolling again. I am proud of my teammates. Ryan, [Moeller] I love you. And we are going to keep this stuff rolling."

Lindsay channeled his inner "tasmanian devil" on Saturday and was breaking tackles with ease. He had eight runs that went for 10+ yards.

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"I do it for my team, period," he said. "I am going to do whatever I have to do to help win and bring glory to this program. We came up short so obviously I didn’t do enough. I am going to go back to square one and get my team going. We are going to go out there and get ready to win in Corvallis."

With three straight losses, and two of them being in very close games, it's a very legitimate possibility that Colorado doesn't reach six wins. Lindsay feels confident that the Buffaloes will make a bowl game.

"We take it one game at a time," Lindsay said. "We are going to a game plan for Oregon State – another decent team that is ready to play and go from there. We’ll see what happens. I am pretty positive I know what is going to happen. We are going to be alright at the end of this."

"You have to understand. When you have people leave to the NFL and you have to bring more people in, it takes time," continued Lindsay. "That is for any team. We are going to be alright."

Although Lindsay wouldn't put the spotlight on himself for his epic performance, his head coach did.

"It’s awesome for what Phillip’s done for our program, for the University of Colorado and the way he represents the state of Colorado," Mike MacIntyre said. "For him to do that, he’ll go down in the history books forever. It’ll be hard to break the all-purpose yards, because it’s stood for a long time. He’s got at least seven more games; that’s what we hope. He could put it far out there to where they’ll bring him back. He’ll hair will be gray sticking up by then.

"I’m really happy for Phillip for how he battled and fought. He was the first one talking to the team after the game in the locker room about what we needed to do and how we needed to do it. The key now is you don’t point fingers. You bond together. With the stuff we’ve got going on offense and we won’t play like that on defense again, we’ll be able to make some hay here. That’s what we need to do. We can’t start pointing fingers and griping and moaning."

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