Colorado’s Shenault says he’ll play vs. Wash­ing­ton St.

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Star sopho­more Laviska Shenault Jr. in­di­cated on In­sta­gram that he’d be back on the field to­day when slump­ing Colorado hosts No. 10 Wash­ing­ton State.

His re­turn would pro­vide a big boost for the banged-up Buf­faloes (54, 2-4), who were once the last re­main­ing un­beaten team in the Pac-12 but now face the pos­si­bil­ity of miss­ing out on a bowl berth that was in their grasp two weeks ago be­fore they blew a 28-point sec­ond-half lead to lowly Ore­gon State.

“The re­turn of 2Live ..” Shenault posted Sun­day night.

Buf­faloes coach Mike MacIn­tyre was more cau­tious, say­ing Shenault “did a lit­tle bit” in his re­turn to prac­tice Mon­day but la­bel­ing him “still day to day.”

“Hope­fully we’ll get him back some­time be­fore the year is over,” MacIn­tyre said.

The Buffs were 5-0 when Shenault got hurt at USC, and Colorado lost that game and the next three with­out the su­per­star re­ceiver who had six TD re­cep­tions and five TD runs be­fore get­ting in­jured.

Shenault was a Heis­man hope­ful as he piled up 780 yards on 60 re­cep­tions and 87 yards on 15 rushes, and his re­turn took on more ur­gency when Buf­faloes re­ceivers Jay MacIn­tyre (con­cus­sion) and K.D. Nixon (hip) got hurt last week at Ari­zona.

So, Shenault’s so­cial me­dia post was an en­cour­ag­ing sign as the Buffs pre­pared for the Cougars (8-1, 5-1, No. 8 CFP) who are the Pac-12’s last re­main­ing hope for a

Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off berth.

BOISE STATE 24, NO. 16 FRESNO STATE 17 >> Brett Ryp­ien threw for 269 yards, and Alexan­der Mat­ti­son rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touch­downs to lead the Bron­cos to the up­set. Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Moun­tain West) kept its con­fer­ence ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions alive. Fresno State (8-2, 5-1) still has a chance to win the West di­vi­sion. The Bull­dogs face San Diego State on Satur­day with a berth in the con­fer­ence ti­tle game on the line.

UTAH’S SHEL­LEY TO START VS. ORE­GON >> The big ques­tion fac­ing Utah when it hosts Ore­gon is whether Ja­son Shel­ley can pick up where Tyler Hunt­ley left off.

Shel­ley, a red­shirt fresh­man, will make his first ca­reer start to­day against the Ducks in place of Hunt­ley, who broke his col­lar­bone in the third quar­ter of Utah’s 38-20 loss last week to Ari­zona State. Shel­ley threw for 59 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion. With a full week of tak­ing reps as a starter in prac­tice, Utah’s coaches are con­fi­dent Shel­ley can pro­duce bet­ter re­sults.

SYRA­CUSE 54, LOUISVILLE 23 >> Moe Neal rushed for a ca­reer-best 159 yards and two touch­downs, quar­ter­back Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for an­other, and No. 13 Syra­cuse took ad­van­tage of five Louisville mis­cues to rout the Car­di­nals.

The Orange (8-2, 5-2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points off five Louisville (28, 0-7 ACC) er­rors, rushed for 292 yards and ac­cu­mu­lated 518 yards of of­fense. Syra­cuse fin­ished the sea­son un­beaten in six games in the Car­rier Dome.


Syra­cuse QB Eric Dungey, top, tries to break the grasp of Louisville’s Tabar­ius Peter­son dur­ing the first half Fri­day.

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