Through film study and the way he leads his team, Colorado quarterback Connor Wood has tried to take a professional approach to this season.

So, it's no surprise that he's taken his cue from the pros this week as he tries to bounce back from his first rough game of the year.

"I was pretty down sitting on the plane because I knew we left a lot of points out there," Wood said of CU's 44-17 loss at Oregon State last Saturday. "We left a lot of opportunities out there as an offense.

"I was sitting back reflecting on how pros bounce back from losses -- quarterbacks who may have had a rough game, because I had a rough game, and how they bounce back the next week and, basically, it's like water off a ducks' back with those guys. They come back ready to work on Monday morning, and that's the mentality that I brought in for this week."

Oregon State’s Mana Rosa (93) deflects a throw by Colorado quarterback Connor Wood (5) in the first half last Saturday.
Oregon State's Mana Rosa (93) deflects a throw by Colorado quarterback Connor Wood (5) in the first half last Saturday. ( Greg Wahl-Stephens )

The Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) need Wood to bounce back because they face their toughest test of the season on Saturday when No. 2 Oregon (4-0, 2-0) comes to town.

"Oregon is a good team," Wood said. "You can't let anything linger from the past week. You have to be positive going into Saturday."

Wood was one of the nation's top quarterbacks through the first two weeks, but completed just 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against Oregon State.

Wood said one of his issues against the Beavers was that he didn't use proper fundamentals when throwing some of his passes.


"I just need to finish the throws," he said. "I sometimes was fading back on throws where I wasn't getting pressure. I acted like I was getting pressure and was throwing off my back foot sometimes. I just need to step up in the pocket and finish a throw."

During the 2012 season, the Buffs suffered a lot of bad losses. Wood hopes that learning from those experiences will help this week.

"You've got to understand that it's a short week leading up to the next game," Wood said. "You have to learn from it and in your head you can't think of it as a failure. If you lose a game and maybe you don't do well, you can't think about it like, 'Oh well, I failed. I'm a failure.' You have to think of it as a learning experience. That's how you twist it in that way, and that way it's positive. That sort of mind set gets you ready for the next week."

This season, Wood has completed 60.3 percent of his passes (70 of 116) for 887 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

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