LINDSAY’S FAMILY HAS OSU TIES
san antonio» Most members of the Colorado football team don’t have to worry about their relatives cheering for the opponent when the Alamo Bowl kicks off Thursday night.
Running back Phillip Lindsay can’t say the same.
Lindsay’s cousins, Tony and Gabe, played for Oklahoma State in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tony was a quarterback. Gabe was a wide receiver. Their father is Phillip Lindsay’s uncle, Tony Lindsay, who was also his high school coach at Denver South.
The family connection has made CU’s matchup with the Cowboys even more special for Lindsay, who had a breakout junior season in 2016 with 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns, the most in the Pac-12. He also caught 47 passes, the most ever by a CU running back.
“Both of them were excited to hear that I was going to be in the Alamo Bowl,” Lindsay said. “My cousin, the quarterback (Tony Lindsay), actually did play his first bowl game in the Alamo Bowl versus Purdue (in 1997). It was exciting to hear that and be able to joke around with them and everything else, and they will be attending the game, so it’s exciting.”
Colorado fans didn’t wait to pounce on Alamo Bowl tickets. The school sold its allotment of 6,500 and then asked for more.
Jimmie Gilbert, the Buffs’ top pass rusher, said CU has ridden the enthusiasm of a fan base that has reveled in a turnaround season.
“That really touches you because it lets you know that what you’re doing isn’t centered around just you,” Gilbert said. “It influences the whole circle around you and the people from afar who have their eyes on us. When they see we can go from zero to 100 really quickly, that really motivates us to go harder and not let their goodwill go to waste.”
The Buffs know they will face a challenge Thursday in OSU running back Justice Hill, whose 1,042 yards are third among all FBS freshman.
“He breaks through some tackles,” CU interim defensive coordinator Joe Tumpkin said. “His yards after contact are pretty good. He runs low and he’s going to be a challenge for our guys up front.”