Two games into Pac-12 play, the Colorado football team has given up 101 points and 1,295 yards.

Those are ugly numbers, but Colorado (2-2, 0-2 Pac-12) isn't panicking about its defense just yet.

"You've just got to keep playing," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "I think we're playing hard, I think we're making some plays, we're challenging them in some ways. Now we've just got to start finishing off more and more, and being more precise in our alignments and (making) our reads quicker."

CU gave up 755 yards in Saturday's 57-16 loss to No. 2 Oregon after allowing 540 yards in a 44-17 loss to Oregon State a week earlier.

The results are all too familiar for CU fans, who watched the Buffs give up 47.9 points per game in Pac-12 play last year. Senior linebacker Derrick Webb said this defense isn't the same as it was a year ago, though.

"No, not at all," he said. "There was no real resistance against (Oregon's) offense (last year). I feel like we really made them work (on Saturday), we really challenged them on defense. They had to go into their playbook a little bit and pull out some new things.

"We're just a lot more competitive out there (this year)."

Defensive coordinator Kent Baer said that while the results don't look good, progress is being made.


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"I think those kids are still learning our defense and I think you have to take the positives and there was a lot of positives yesterday, there really was," he said. "People don't see that, but there are, and I want to make sure we look at those positives and be upbeat about them. And, I want to make sure that we learn from the things that we did wrong."

Baer said communication is key to his defense, and that area has to improve.

"There's a lot of communication involved in this defense," he said. "We have to continue to communicate. A couple of breakdowns (against Oregon), we communicated maybe halfway across the board, but we didn't get the whole communication all the way across."

Baer has been through this before, having struggled during his first season at San Jose State. Having gone through that, he believes CU will have a good defense eventually.

"I think the more veteran you get the better you'll be," he said. "We kind of faced the same at San Jose State. We had two true freshmen linebackers and it seemed like nothing went right their first year and then second year, wow, they started to pick it up. Third year, they were awesome.

"Some of our younger guys are playing really well. I think everybody has bought in. I really feel good about that.

"We just have to keep pushing it."

After facing two top-20 offenses -- Oregon ranks No. 2 nationally with 59.2 points per game and Oregon State is 20th at 41.6 per game -- the Buffs get another one this week. On Saturday, they'll visit Arizona State, which ranks 16th nationally with 42.2 points per game.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.