Colorado quarterback Connor Wood throws a pass against Oregon last week.
Colorado quarterback Connor Wood throws a pass against Oregon last week. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

Connor Wood's official Colorado bio says he has played in 11 games in his career, but in coach Mike MacIntyre's mind, it's really only four.

MacIntyre discounted whatever experience Wood got in one start and six mop-up appearances in the 2012 season on Tuesday saying his quarterback's experience is really limited to what he has done this season.

That doesn't mean MacIntyre or anyone else in the program is making excuses for Wood's drastic decline in play in the first two Pac-12 games compared with his production against Colorado State and Central Arkansas to start the season.

The CU pass offense was ranked seventh in the nation after the first two games and has fallen to No. 26 with two sub-par performances against Oregon State and Oregon. To his credit, Wood is pointing the finger at himself.

"I think there are a lot of things we need to get fixed," Wood said. "First and foremost, I need to play better as a quarterback. I need to be more consistent in the passing game."

Wood said after reviewing film of the Oregon loss, he was frustrated with himself for missing several open receivers, including a potential touchdown pass to wide receiver Paul Richardson.

"When you miss those open throws and the protection is good and the receiver runs the right route and you've just got to get him the ball, that's like the easy part. ... When you don't complete those it kind of kills the momentum that you're trying to build.

"The passing game is so vital to how we go as an offense."

Wood started the season throwing for 741 yards and six touchdowns while completing more than 68 percent of his passes (56 of 82). But in the first two conference games, Wood has completed just 25 of 67 attempts (37 percent) for 351 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. .

"The numbers are way too low," offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said. "They should never be that low and I think it's at all positions from the line protecting, to the quarterback making the right decision, to the quarterback making the right throw, catching the ball, running the right route the right way. We've got to get better at all those things."

Lindgren said he has had conversations with Wood about playing better and being more consistent, but he also said Wood has made some very good plays in the past two games that demonstrate improvement and growth in his overall game.

But Lindgren said the offense needs more from Wood on a more consistent basis to improve.

The Buffs have converted on just two of 30 third-down opportunities in the first two Pac-12 games this season. Both came in the Oregon State game. CU set a new school record going 0-for-15 on third downs against the Ducks last week.

CU also has failed to get into the end zone on five possessions in which it has driven into the red zone the past two weeks.

"Connor and I have spent time and we've got to make some plays at quarterback, particularly on third down. That's kind of the mark of a great quarterback is a guy who is able to make plays on third down for you. It starts with us. It's just all on the quarterback. I think at all positions we need to execute the details of the play and go out and make plays and keep our offense on the field."

Wide receiver Paul Richardson has been Wood's favorite target this season. They have connected 31 times for 621 yards and five touchdowns. Richardson was asked Tuesday if he has seen any changes in Wood in the past two outings compared with his hot start.

"I think these defenses have been doing a better job of disguising coverages, and I think that has been a little challenging for our offense, but we've just got to play better all together," Richardson said. "The receivers got to help him make plays on the outside. We've got to make him right and we've got to protect a little better and then we'll be more successful."

Wood echoed that sentiment as he came off the practice field Tuesday. He said despite the two lopsided losses, he remains confident but it comes to execution.

"I feel like we can play with anybody in this country if we just execute," Wood said.

Contact staff writer Kyle Ringo at ringok@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/kyleringo.