BOULDER — Colorado’s defense went through a rough patch: For 14-consecutive games, from October 2018 through November 2019, the Colorado defense allowed at least 30 points to its opponent.
Tyson Summers took over as defensive coordinator prior to the 2019 season, which means he oversaw nine of those games.
“One of the biggest things that jumped out to me watching film as the season progressed, we really tried to continue to never lose our focus or fundamentals,” Summers told reporters last week. “We had a lot of moving parts, I would say that. A lot of that came because we had a lot of moving parts within our roster, particularly in the secondary. At the end of the season, we were playing the majority of our downs with three true freshmen and that can have its set of challenges.”
But then, in early November, Summers’ defense held Stanford to 13 points, the fewest points allowed by Colorado since the Buffs played Texas St. in September 2017. Then, the next week, the Buffs held Washington to 14.
So what changed?