Arizona State 54, Colorado 13
TEMPE, Ariz. — Taylor Kelly accounted for three touchdowns and Marion Grice ran for two more in a dominating first half, leading Arizona State to a rout over listless Colorado. Arizona State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) wanted to make a statement after a tough stretch in the schedule and did just that, overwhelming the Buffaloes with 25 points in the game’s first 11 minutes. Kelly threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another score and Grice pushed his nation-leading touchdown total to 15 as the Sun Devils went up 47-6 at halftime.
Colorado (2-3, 0-3) kept it close against Arizona State in Boulder last season before being outscored 31-0 in the second half. The Sun Devils nearly matched that in the first quarter and never let up on the Buffaloes, forcing four turnovers while sending them to their 11th straight Pac-12 loss.
The Sun Devils have one of the nation’s toughest schedules and were coming off the most brutal part of it, facing Wisconsin, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks. Now that the toughest part is over, the Sun Devils were looking forward to chasing their main goal of winning the Pac-12 championship and facing the less power-oriented teams that comprise most of the conference.
ASU—Strong 69 pass from T.Kelly (Gonzalez kick), 13:28.
ASU—Grice 8 run (Strong pass from Bercovici), 10:26.
ASU—FG Gonzalez 26, 6:27.
ASU—Grice 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 4:45.
Col—Spruce 10 pass from Liufau (pass failed), 14:54.
ASU—Coleman 1 pass from T.Kelly (Gonzalez kick), 13:27.
ASU—FG Gonzalez 41, 7:57.
ASU—FG Gonzalez 20, 5:49.
ASU—T.Kelly 17 run (Gonzalez kick), :16.
ASU—Robinson 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 3:22.
Col—Powell 8 run (Oliver kick), 11:03.
|Time of Possession||26:20||33:40|
Rushing—Colorado, Adkins 16-62, Powell 7-29, T.Jones 4-12, Liufau 4-10, Team 2-(minus 3), C.Wood 2-(minus 11). Arizona St., Grice 13-88, Robinson 15-69, Bercovici 6-39, T.Kelly 5-36, D.Lewis 9-19,
Foster 6-18, R.Smith 1-11, Eubank 1-2, Team 2-(minus 6).
Passing—Colorado, Liufau 18-26-2-169, C.Wood 0-4-1-0. Arizona St., T.Kelly 9-19-0-233, Bercovici 2-3-0-23.
Receiving—Colorado, Spruce 5-42, Richardson 4-39, McCulloch 3-41,
Goodson 2-20, Powell 1-22, Slavin 1-8, Ross 1-(minus 1), Adkins 1-(minus 2). Arizona St., Strong 3-109, Grice 2-46,
Ca.Smith 1-47, R.Smith 1-25, Rogers 1-12, D.Lewis 1-11, Foster 1-5, Coleman 1-1.