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BOULDER, Colo. -- For all of Sefo Liufaus tough runs , this one may be the most impressive: His sprint from the locker room back to the field.A hip pointer wasnt going to sideline him in the fourth quarter. Especially not in a game of this magnitude.Liufau threw for 345 yards, rushed for 108 more and scored three touchdowns as No. 10 Colorado beat No. 22 Washington State 38-24 on Saturday in a matchup of unlikely Pac-12 division leaders.Phillip Lindsay added 144 yards rushing and two TDs for the Buffaloes (9-2, 7-1), who can wrap up the South side of the conference if Southern California loses to UCLA later Saturday or by beating Utah next week.It means the world to go out there and win, keep our hopes alive, Liufau said. Its more fun than anything. Weve been in close games for a long time now. Weve gotten a little older and a little better at being consistent and executing.Liufau briefly left in the fourth quarter only to return and pick up a crucial third-and-short that led to a game-sealing TD run by Lindsay. Liufau becomes the second-ever Colorado QB to throw for 300 and rush for 100 in a game, joining Steven Montez, who accomplished the feat at Oregon in September while filling in for a banged-up Liufau.Sefo got hit on the hip and was hurting, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. He played really well. He played like I figured Sefo would.Luke Falk threw for 325 yards and three scores for Washington State (8-3, 7-1), which had won eight in a row. The Cougars can still win the North Division with a victory against No. 7 Washington next week.I just thought we were incohesive as far as doing our jobs, Washington State coach Mike Leach said.Colorados defense stepped up after the Buffaloes fell behind 24-21 late in the third quarter. The next four Washington State drives went like this: Turned the ball over on downs, punt, fumble and interception.We lost focus and in the second half we buckled down, defensive back Chidobe Awuzie said.Washington State and Colorado werent really expected to be in position for a division title this late into November. The Cougars were picked to finish fourth in the North during the preseason conference poll and the Buffaloes last in the South.Leachs gambling mentality cost the Cougars a possible field goal when he went for it on fourth-and-4 in the fourth quarter. Colorado safety Nick Fisher tackled receiver Kyle Sweet short of the first down.Earlier, Leach rolled the dice on fourth-and-1 at his own 41 and Jamal Morrow rewarded his faith by gaining 30 yards. John Thompson later hauled in a 7-yard TD pass to give the Cougars a 24-21 lead.The Cougars finished 2 of 4 on fourth-down attempts.We were close on two of those, Leach said. One of them I probably should have kicked a field goal. In the end, it probably wouldnt have mattered.TAKEAWAYSWashington State: Standout receiver River Cracraft didnt play because of whats been reported as a torn ACL suffered last week. The Cougars made up for his absence by spreading around the wealth. Ten different players caught at least one pass.Colorado: The defense came up big in the fourth quarter with the only two sacks of Falk. This after being dealt a big blow in the first quarter when safety Afolabi Laguda was ejected for targeting.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Buffaloes have dubbed this season The Rise. That should continue in the polls. Hard to see Washington State dropping much after this thriller.1,000-YARD CLUBLindsay went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming the first Colorado running back to accomplish the feat since 2010.It was a great feeling knowing that I helped my team win, Lindsay said. Ill put my body on the line for them.AIRING IT OUTFalk topped the 300-yard mark for the 23rd time in his career.We had a couple miscues, a couple miscommunications, and who knows how it would be? Falk said. But it didnt happen.UP NEXTWashington State: The annual Apple Cup takes on added importance on Friday. The Pac-12 North title will be at stake.Colorado: Close out the regular season by hosting Utah on Friday. This game always seems to go down to the wire, with all five games since 2011 decided by a total of 27 points. Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys . Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. http://www.cheapnbaoutletjerseys.com/ . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. Cheap Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. Cheap NBA Jerseys Free Shipping . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura has decided the success-starved South Siders need a new leader.Ventura announced Sunday that he will not return as the?Chicago White Sox manager next season. He insisted it was his decision and he wasnt pushed out because of a fourth consecutive losing season. Ventura was in the last year of his contract.I enjoy this place. I love this place, a stoic Ventura said after Chicagos season-ending 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. At the end, it probably needs a new voice.The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that bench coach and former?Cubs?manager Rick Renteria will likely take over, but the team did not immediately announce a replacement. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is scheduled to address reporters Monday.Ventura said he initiated the departure.You just realize right now is the right time to do it, and you need somebody else, Ventura said.Ventura went 375-435 in five seasons with the White Sox. After an 85-77 debut in 2012 that wasnt good enough for the playoffs, Venturas teams regressed.The White Sox finished 78-84 this year, despite a 23-10 start that gave them a six-game lead in the AL Central on May 9. Thanks to injuries, a slumping offense and a shaky bullpen, the White Sox stumbled to a 55-74 mark the rest of the way and a fourth-place finish amid a couple bizarre off-field incidents.Executive vice president Ken Williams, whose future is also uncertain, banned DH Adam LaRoches son from the clubhouse in spring training. LaRoche responded by abruptly retiring, and ace Chris Sale ripped Williams.In July, Sale was suspended five days for cutting up collared throwback jerseys he didnt want to wear for a start. Sale later criticized Ventura for not sticking up for him in his dispute with the marketing staff.You have moments -- I dont know if theyre disagreements -- but there are some terse conversations that you have, Ventura said. Thats just part of being together and part of a lot of competitive people being in a room. That just happens. But at the end of the day, I know they went out and competed. And thats the biggest thing.Sale allowed an inside-the-park home run to the speedy Byron Buxton on the first pitch Sunday. Miguel Sano added a three-run shot in the third as Sale was denied his career-best 18th win after allowing five runs and six hits in five innings.Sale, who finished with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts, denied that there was any trouble with his manager.What did we have, a couple things that made it in the news? Sale said. That doesnt mean I dont like him or he didnt like me. We always had the same goal, the same vision, the same passion.You get a bunch of guys in the same room, and the testosterone is pumping. This is a competitive game. Sports are competitive. Things happen, but that doesnt change what I think of him personally. Hes as good as they get.The easygoing, friendly Ventura had fans in the clubhouse. Right-hander James Shields called him one of the better managers Ive been around. Third baseman Todd Frazier said I love him to death, and outfielder Adam Eaton praised the 49-year-olds demeanor and communication skills.ddddddddddddHe hasnt had an easy road while hes been here, Ill tell you that much, Eaton said. For me, in the three years Ive been here, you put it on the players. Players havent played up to expectations. Its our fault.Ventura was a fan favorite as a slick-fielding third baseman on Chicagos South Side. The 10th overall pick of the 1988 draft won six Gold Gloves and was a two-time All-Star over a 16-year career spent mostly with the White Sox and Mets.Ventura had no managerial experience and was a surprise hire of then-GM Williams after the 2011 season, following Ozzie Guillens messy exit.The White Sox have tried to contend in recent seasons by bringing in high-profile players such as Adam Dunn, Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Eaton, Frazier and LaRoche. But the White Sox didnt improve under Ventura, and the teams recent struggles have coincided with the resurgence of the crosstown Cubs, who have the majors best record and have drawn more than 3 million fans. The White Sox drew fewer than 1.75 million this season.You look throughout sports, not only baseball, when teams that are supposed to do well dont do well, changes are made, catcher Alex Avila said. Not only with coaching staffs and personnel off the field but on the field as well.The White Sox might be turning to a former manager of their rivals. Renteria went 73-89 with the Cubs in 2014, only to be let go after one season, when Joe Maddon became available. The 54-year-old Renteria just finished his first season as bench coach with the White Sox.I think hes got a lot of qualities that Robin has. Maybe a little more vocal, Eaton said. He definitely will get his point across a little more, vocally. Not that he has more passion than Robin or anything like that, but hes a little more upbeat, a little more bouncy. Hes kind of a bundle of baseball joy.Renterias bilingual skills and history of working well with younger players would be strengths for a team potentially heading for a rebuild with many Spanish-speaking players.It would be a little bit more comfortable or make communication easier, but I was good with Robin, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. I didnt have any kind of trouble with Robin to communicate.Hahn earlier this season called the team mired in mediocrity and hinted at tearing down the roster, something 80-year-old chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has resisted in the past. Since they won the World Series in 2005, the White Sox have just one playoff appearance, in 2008.Sale, who has a team-friendly contract, could bring in a large haul of prospects. So could fellow lefty Jose Quintana.This is sports. Anything can happen, Sale said. 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