Given the opponent, it's not too surprising that the Colorado defense had a great performance on Saturday.

What the Buffaloes have done through two weeks, however, has been quite a change from years past.

On Saturday, the Buffs rolled past Idaho State, 56-7. That's on the heels of a 44-7 win against Colorado State.

"Their communication is at the top of the ladder right now," head coach Mike MacIntyre said of his defense. "You see them all communicating with hand signals, seeing sets, seeing backs, understanding. We really haven't busted coverage in two games, which I think is impressive."

While Idaho State comes from the lower FCS level, the Bengals do like to run an up-tempo offense, and CU never let the Bengals get going. Idaho State finished with 96 yards in total offense, the lowest total by a CU opponent since Kansas State had 16 yards in Boulder on Oct. 24, 1992.

"It was a (FCS) team, but that didn't matter," defensive tackle Jordan Carrell said. "We just came out and started fast and finished fast.

"We just wanted to start fast and don't let them gain any confidence early. We wanted to put them out early and that's what we did."

Idaho State punted on each of its first nine full possessions (not counting the two-play possession before the end of the first half). Overall, the Bengals punted 11 times.


The Bengals never crossed the 50-yard line on their own. Their one touchdown was set up by a CU fumble and allowed ISU to take over at the Buffs' 27.

CU's pass defense has been particularly sharp so far. CSU and Idaho State quarterbacks have combined to complete just 31 of 70 passes (44.3 percent) for 124 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

"Our defensive staff has done an excellent job with those guys of getting them ready to play and having a great understanding of the game plan," MacIntyre said. "Then we've got some depth (on defense), which helps a lot. We're going to definitely need the depth. The more and more games you're going to have some guys nicked up."

Prior to this season, the Buffs had held just two opponents below 10 points in the previous six seasons combined (74 games). This is the first time since the final two games of the 1990 season — CU's national title season - that the Buffs have held back-to-back opponents under 10 points.

"We're out here playing as hard as we can and we're doing some great things right now," Carrell said.

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