It's all lollipops and unicorns again in the land of Arizona State football following their 54-13 victory over the visiting Colorado Buffaloes.
Last week, it took everything we had in us not to give the game ball awards out to the Notre Dame players. But this Sunday, there is no shortage of love to go around.
While publicly embarrassing Colorado is nothing to be proud of, executing to the highest degree is. And that's precisely what Arizona State did against a massively inferior opponent Saturday.
But before we get too worked up from taking care of business against the lowly Buffaloes, let's hand out some awards:
Carl Bradford, Linebacker
The front seven as a whole devoured Colorado all night and it was Bradford's unrelenting motor that paved the way. Bradford had 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble by halftime before kicking his feet up on the bench for the final 30 minutes.
Beyond those stats, Arizona State's Devilbacker had a season's worth of quarterback hurries in this one alone. And for the first time in 2013, it seemed like Bradford was able to find the right balance between aggression and discipline. Bradford's excellent play awareness was the main catalyst behind Colorado's 2.8 yards per carry. Well that, and the fact that ASU basically had a picnic in the Buffaloes' backfield.
Davon Coleman, Defensive End
Or should we say fullback? Taylor Kelly only threw two touchdowns Saturday but one of them landed in the (apparently) soft hands of Davon Coleman.
In as the lead blocker for Arizona State's jumbo formation, Coleman split off into the flat, gaining a step on an unsuspecting defense for his first career reception (and first career touchdown). And his scoring parade didn't stop there. Coleman was one of three defenders who flustered Sefo Liufau into his intentional grounding safety.
Move over Marion Grice, there's a new points per game stud in town.
Defensively, Coleman matched Bradford's production in the TFL department (2.5) and had a half a sack as well. If he keeps the two-way action up, he could become a regular at the game ball banquet.
Damarious Randall, Safety
Many a fan overlooked Randall's 17 tackles in his debut last Saturday and instead focused on his woulda-coulda dropped interception. Well this week, he made sure to avoid that pregame popcorn.
Randall wrangled in his first career interception against the Buffaloes but he wasn't satisfied there. He clearly wanted his first career touchdown in one fatal swoop and came up just five yards short of accomplishing that following his 26-yard return.
Although he started, head coach Todd Graham left Randall in with the second unit for some additional reps. But in a way, that should excite ASU fans. Although he has a lot to learn, Randall is flashing some serious ball skills already. If he polishes his tackling and positioning, Arizona State might have their next Alden Darby.
Last but not least it's time to hand out our Cones of Shame. Think of it as the not-so-honorable mentions: The soon-to-be-irrelevant Connor Wood, the invisible Paul Richardson and anyone who bet against the 26.5-point spread.