The No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes moved to 5-0 after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday (10/6) by a score of 28-21. There were a total of 78 plays ran by CU’s offense (33 pass, 45 run) with four total touchdowns scored by Laviska Shenault Jr.
Colorado won the coin toss and left the first possession of the game stranded with a punt. Arizona State struck first behind a touchdown run from Eno Benjamin from a yard out.
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 86 yards, 6:33 | 5:47 1st quarter
Arizona State 7, Colorado 0
Colorado took their next possession and wasted no time to even the score at seven behind Shenault’s first touchdown of the day. A wildcat formation designed run from one yard out.
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:55 | 2:52 1st quarter
Colorado 7, Arizona State 7
Buffaloes LB Nate Landman was ejected for a targeting call with 9:23 left in the second quarter. The penalty was upheld after review by the officials. Nonetheless, it was a questionable call due to Landman not leading with his helmet. The Pac-12 Networks replay showed a clean shoulder tackle.
Both teams traded missed field goals before Arizona State regained the lead off Benjamin’s second touchdown run. Benjamin enjoyed another 1-yard stroll into the end zone for his second of the day.
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 79 yards, 5:03 | 5:45 2nd quarter
Arizona State 14, Colorado 7
Colorado constructed a long drive of their own that ended with Shenault’s second touchdown, a 3-yard pass from Steven Montez to tie the game at 14 prior to halftime.
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 84 yards, 5:15 | 0:24 2nd quarter
Colorado 14, Arizona State 14
Arizona State came blazing out of the locker room with a 40-yard strike from Manny Wilkins to Frank Darby on their first possession. The Sun Devils regained a seven point lead over the Buffs early in the 2nd half.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:25 | 13:35 3rd quarter
Arizona State 21, Colorado 14
Colorado Linebacker Drew Lewis hit Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry on a punt return with 8:28 left in the third quarter. Harry was visibly injured on the play that some said was an illegal hit by Lewis going out of bounds and coming back in to make the tackle. Upon further review after the game, Lewis was blocked out of bounds by ASU’s coverage team and was allowed to come back inbounds. Harry tried to return multiple times during the game, but was eventually taken out by ASU training staff.
Shenault found the end zone for his third touchdown. Montez bombed it to Shenault on a 30-yard pass play to tie the game at 21.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:49 | 11:46 3rd quarter
Colorado 21, Arizona State 21
Colorado and Arizona State traded punts on five possessions before Colorado marched down the field for the go-ahead score by Shenault, a 1-yard sweep out of the wildcat set up by a long KD Nixon catch for No. 2’s fourth touchdown of the day.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:31 | 0:24 3rd quarter
*Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
Colorado 28, Arizona State 21 Final
Colorado: 494 total yards
S. Montez: 24-of-33, 328 yards, 2 TD
L. Shenault: 13 receptions, 127 yards, 4 total TD (2 run, 2 pass)
T. McMillian: 30 carries, 136 yards
K.D. Nixon: 5 receptions, 97 yards
Arizona State: 367 total yards
M. Wilkins: 12-of-18, 222 yards, 1 TD
E. Benjamin: 28 carries, 120 yards, 2 TD
F. Darby: 3 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD