There's a reason Brady Daigh committed to play football at Colorado.
Results like Saturday was not the reason, but after the 48-0 loss to Stanford, the sophomore linebacker has hope that better days are ahead.
"That is why I committed here and why I wanted to stay in state was to help turn this program back," said Daigh, who is from Denver's Mullen High School. "I grew up watching this team and there are a lot of young guys in here, at least defensively, that are just stepping off a high school field. I think once we adjust and everyone gets used to the college pace, even though it is tough for the fans to sit through it, the Buffs will be back."
Those days seem far away right now. The Buffaloes are giving up 46.2 points per game. Only one Division I team in the past decade has been worse (North Texas gave up 47.6 per game in 2008).
Saturday wasn't as bad as the previous three weeks, but it wasn't pretty. Stanford had 436 yards in total offense and scored touchdowns on five of its first eight offensive possessions.
There were some positives, as the Buffs forced the Cardinal to punt on their first two possessions.
Then, on the second play of the second quarter, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor busted loose for a 26-yard touchdown run. That opened the gates, as Stanford scored on six consecutive possessions.
"I think we came out very strong early," said Daigh, who made his first career start and had a team-high 10 tackles, as well as his first career sack. "It is a very physical team; they like to wear you down. We have to be better at battling through all that adversity and we have got to keep coming for four quarters, not just the first quarter."
It's been a rough stretch for the Buffs, and the defense in particular. They have given up 54.8 points per game the last four weeks and have allowed at least 30 points in eight straight.
Only 41 of Stanford's points were against the CU defense. The Cardinal's first score was a 52-yard interception return.
With pride in the program he grew up admiring, however, Daigh said he's not giving up.
"It's discouraging, but at the same time we are going to come back every week," he said.
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