TEMPE, Ariz. — There's a lot of talent among Colorado's dynamic group of receivers.

There's been some frustration with that group, too.

On Saturday in a 41-30 loss to Arizona State, CU's receivers dropped about a handful of passes, including two that would have been touchdowns.

"We dropped balls the senior receivers should have caught and they will catch next week," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "We just got to go back to work. We make those plays and it's a different game but we didn't. It gave (ASU) a ton of momentum to have a (chance)."

Senior Shay Fields had a big night statistically, with six catches for a season-high 128 yards and a touchdown. But, that couldn't make up for the 76-yard touchdown catch he didn't make in the first quarter.

Another senior, Devin Ross, had 49 yards on a team-high seven catches, but he dropped what would have been a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.

"It's always hard to win on the road in the Pac-12," MacIntyre said. "You got to make plays when you have the opportunities to make them. Especially touchdown plays in the Pac-12 if you're going to win and we didn't make enough of them. I was concerned it might get us in the end and it did."

This is the second time this season that CU's highly-touted receivers have cost the Buffs a game on the road.

On Sept. 30 at UCLA, senior Bryce Bobo and junior Juwann Winfree both dropped passes in the end zone. Those two plays cost the Buffs 11 points in a four-point loss to the Bruins.


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"Yeah, I'm very surprised," MacIntyre said of that group having so many key drops. "They'll bounce back."

While it ultimately didn't mean much, Fields did have his second consecutive 100-yard game. He has 229 yards in the last two games after having just 133 yards in the first five Pac-12 games combined.

Fields also vaulted from sixth to a tie for second on CU's chart for career receiving yards. He now has 2,548 to match Michael Westbrook (1991-94).

Defense gashed

A week ago, CU had its best game of the year against the run, holding Cal to 61 yards on the ground.

On Saturday, Arizona State dominated the Buffs' defense, especially late.

ASU, which came into the night ranking 107th nationally in rushing offense, finished with 381 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries. Demario Richard had 189 yards on 25 carries, while quarterback Manny Wilkins added 95 yards on 14 carries.

The Sun Devils came into the night averaging just 121.4 yards per game on the ground.

Big kick for Stefanou

Freshman kicker James Stefanou drilled a career-long 53-yard field goal in the third quarter.

The kick was the second-longest field goal ever by a CU freshman, just one yard shy of the 54-yarder by Davis Price a year ago.

Stefanou, who also had field goals of 34 and 28 yards in the game, is now 16-for-18 on field goals this season.

Oliver out

CU cornerback Isaiah Oliver missed his second consecutive game with a leg injury.

Oliver was listed as day-to-day throughout the week and did make the trip to Tempe, which is not far from where he grew up in Goodyear, Ariz.

Injured late in the first half against Washington State on Oct. 21, Oliver has missed the last two and a half games. Dante Wigley and Trey Udoffia started at corner for the Buffs.

Milestones for Lindsay, Montez

With two touchdown runs, Phillip Lindsay now has 34 in his career - tied for the second most in school history.

Lindsay is tied with Chris Brown and Bob Anderson for the second-most, behind Eric Bieniemy (41).

Steven Montez, meanwhile, nearly went another game without an interception, tossing an interception on the final play of the game. That ended a streak of 172 consecutive passes without one. That shattered the school record previously held by Sefo Liufau (138).

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