Colorado fall to No. 23 USC, 47-29

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 24, 2013 at 1:38 am •  Published: November 24, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado senior safety Parker Orms expected numerous bowl appearances when he arrived on campus.

Soon departing and having never gone to one, that's rather difficult for Orms to accept.

It's the cold, hard truth after a frigid 47-29 loss to No. 23 USC on Saturday night ended any postseason plans the Buffaloes have been entertaining.

Colorado (4-7, 1-7 Pac-12) will play out the season next Saturday in Utah with nothing on the line but pride.

Still, that's a powerful motivator.

"A lot of teams are looking at it like, 'Oh, we're not going to a bowl. We're going to give up,'" Orms said. "That's not us. That's not the way our coach coaches us, that's not the type of players we are."

Although the Buffaloes missed out on a bowl bid for a sixth straight season, this year hasn't been a total wash, especially considering they're coming off a school-worst 1-11 season in 2012.

This could be the groundwork to turning around the program, even more so with a win against the Utes to close out coach Mike MacIntyre's first season.

"This is a time where you can fall apart, just go through the motions, or we can end the season on the right note, keep the momentum going into next year," receiver Nelson Spruce said.

Try as they might, Colorado couldn't get anything going against a Trojans defense that quarterback Sefo Liufau called the best the Buffs has faced all season.

That was readily apparent in the first half when the Trojans (9-3, 6-2) forced two turnovers — both leading to USC scores — blocked a punt blocked for a safety and built a 23-0 halftime lead.

From there, the Trojans cruised to the victory as interim coach Ed Orgeron continues to provide a spark since stepping in following the firing of Lane Kiffin. The Trojans are 6-1 under Orgeron.

"We came out and played lights out defense in the first half," Orgeron said.

The freezing weather didn't seem to bother USC, even if the 29-degree temperature at kickoff made this one of the coldest games ever for the Trojans. The only time they played in a frostier game was on Nov. 30, 1957, when they lost 40-12 at Notre Dame in 20-degree weather.

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