Nick Kasa.

If you're looking for a bright spot or a feel-good story during a dark and painful Colorado football season, the rising tight end star is your man.

Kasa continues to create problems for Pac-12 defenses.

During CU's 51-17 loss to Arizona State on Thursday night at Folsom Field, Kasa had four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.

In the second quarter, Jordan Webb found the 6-foot-6 senior for a 23-yard pass play on fourth-and-four.

Two snaps later, Kasa caught a 23-yard touchdown to bring CU to within 20-14.

"Every week I get a little bit more comfortable and in tune with the offense," Kasa said.

Kasa also had a 31-yard touchdown on a throw from Nick Hirschman during the fourth quarter against UCLA. His 70-yard touchdown at Washington State helped spark the Buffs' dramatic comeback in Pullman, Wash.

The 35-34 triumph over the Cougars remains the Buffs' only win.

"We need to win some games," Kasa said. "We've got a tough schedule coming up, but we're not looking at it like that. ... We're not going to dwell on our record. We're just going to come out and try to win."

CU was in position to pull off an upset after ending the second quarter with a field goal to get within 20-17.

But the Sun Devils pitched a second-half shutout while adding 31 points to their scoreboard total.


"I don't think they made too many adjustments," Kasa said. "We just have to keep on doing what we were doing in the first half."

Kasa, who converted to tight end from the defensive line in the middle of last season, now has 11 receptions for 239 yards (21.7 per) and three touchdowns this season.

"(Kasa) is getting better every week," CU head coach Jon Embree said.

Mr. Bright Spot.

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