It's not a surprise that Connor Wood was ready when his number was called.

Colorado's No. 2 quarterback subbed in for a single snap against Sacramento State when Jordan Webb's helmet came off, forcing the starter to sit for one play.

On third-and 18, Webb connected on a 28-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Gerald Thomas. The Buffs scored moments later to take a 28-24 lead.

In the aftermath of the devastating 30-28 loss to the Hornets, Wood vowed to be ready when needed again.

"It is a rough deal to lose to a (FCS) team. I have never done that before," Wood said. "The guys are pretty dejected, but I think we need to have some resolve. We can't step back, we have to move forward. It's a long season.

"So that's what we are looking for, just getting back to work and grinding."

CU head coach Jon Embree has decided to play both Webb and Wood Saturday during the Buffs' first road game at Fresno State.

Through two games, Webb has only thrown for 347 yards and three touchdowns while completing 52.3 percent of his passes and getting sacked eight times.

Wood has a 335.2 passer rating and has been racking up some impressive film-study statistics.

Coaches can only work with players 20 hours per week, but they are able to track how much time players are devoting to the playbook on their program-issued iPads.

"Connor watched five hours of tape outside of what we he with the staff," Embree noted. "He has forced that room to be students of the game."


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The plan is for Webb to start against the Bulldogs. Wood will come in for the third or fourth drive of the game.

Painful backlash

CU's loss to Sacramento State led to some nasty vitriol from fans.

As a result of the backlash, Embree decided to close his Twitter account.

"Just some inappropriate stuff," Embree said. "And that's fine. It is what it is with that. But it's just inappropriate stuff."

Junior safety Parker Orms turned on the radio postgame show out of morbid curiosity.

"People were saying this is one of the worst losses in CU history," Orms said. "I would definitely kind of agree with that because it's one of the worst losses I've ever been a part of. I think two years ago we lost some games that we should have won, but this year we're just taking it to heart and we're going to do anything possible to win these next two games, this next game definitely."

Road warriors?

On a positive note, CU does have a one-game road winning streak after snapping a 24-game out-of-state skid with a win at Utah in the 2011 finale.

"We'll see if we can somehow get to two," Embree said. "It'll be good for our young kids. Their teams are generally similar to what we want our teams to be like, or what

our teams were like. They're going to be physical and they're going to get after you. So it should be a lot of fun."

Fresno State is 11-5 all-time at home against Pac-12 teams.

Broncos, Rockies, Buffs?

Due to contractual agreements, KOA 850 AM left coverage of Saturday's CU-Sacramento State game for pregame Colorado Rockies coverage before the Hornets kicked the game-winning field goal.

The end of the football game and the postgame show were broadcast on 760 AM. But having the Buffs preempted on their flagship station for a last-place baseball team added to a frustrating afternoon on the airwaves.

Notable

The CBS Sports Network will televise CU's first ever game at Fresno State beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday. CU graduate Lauren Gardner (2007) will be the sideline reporter a week after former Buff Jeremy Bloom handled the color for the Pac-12 Network's broadcast of the CU-Sacramento State game. ... The Buffs haven't won consecutive road games since 2004 (at Kansas and Nebraska). ... CU has not thrown an intereption through two games, which is only the ninth time that has happened since such record keeping began in 1946.

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