As a captain and team leader, Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay is doing what he can to help the Buffaloes turn the page and focus on the task at hand.

On Saturday, the Buffs let another game get away, coughing up three 10-point leads in a 41-30 loss at Arizona State.

This week, the Buffs (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) have to regroup in time to host No. 15 Southern California (8-2, 6-1) on Saturday at Folsom Field.

"You can't get punched and give up," Lindsay said Monday. "You have to keep rolling with the punches. That's how life is. We're moving forward, learning form the mistakes we did.

"In the Pac-12, you can't go three quarters and think you're going to win a game. You have to go all four quarters. It's going to be myself and a lot of seniors' last time at Folsom Field and it's hard to beat us in Folsom Field. We have to use what we have to our advantage and play ball."

Leading 27-17 after three quarters at ASU, the Buffs were 15 minutes away from bowl eligibility, but got outscored 24-3 down the stretch.

What made the loss most frustrating for the Buffs were the plays it left on the field.

"That always hurts," receiver Shay Fields said. "You know you could have done more and it's basically your fault you lost the game, not theirs."


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One of those missed opportunities came from Fields, who caught six passes for 128 yards, but "spent a lot" of time over the weekend lamenting the pass he dropped that would have gone for a 76-yard touchdown.

"You're wide open and you have to make those plays," Fields said. "Pretty much, you're so wide open to where you're like, 'I have a touchdown' and you relax too much and the ball doesn't come down with you."

Fields and the rest of the Buffs have to turn the page quickly, and head coach Mike MacIntyre said he felt the team had a good practice Monday.

"The kids always bounce back," he said.

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