ASU came out of the gates flat, yet snapped back to reality in the 2nd quarter, leading 20-17 at half time. Taylor Kelly looked amazing, going 10/13 with 183 yards and three touchdown passes.
For the first time all season, ASU's running game lived up to the pre-season hype. Freshman phenom D.J. Foster was electric, carrying the rock six times for 40 yards. Cameron Marshall joined the ground success with five carries resulting in 31 yards. In total, the Sun Devils posted 120 yards on the ground over the first two quarters.
Despite the Buffs mediocre 1-4 record, John Embree's squad is putting up a valiant fight. The Colorado offensive line has only allowed two sacks, providing relatively sufficient time for Joe Webb to operate. As the half came to a conclusion, the Devils pass rush picked up.
ASU grabbed the 6-0 lead via Marion Grice's 37-yard touchdown reception, presenting Jon Mora with his first opportunity. New kicker, same result: Mora got his extra point attempt blocked. Mora ended up getting benched, Alex Garoutte came in relief.
Defensively, Brandon Magee's wish of pitching a shutout failed. The Sun Devils defense played its worst football all season. However, Will Sutton showed no signs of rust, putting up four tackles, two for loss and one sack.
To the dismay of Sun Devil Nation, ASU was penalized five times for 33 yards. Buffs Webb got dinged up early but still remained composed, slinging it around for 127 yards and one touchdown pass.
D.J. Foster stole the show, making a great over the shoulder basket 34-yard touchdown grab. The local youngster is shinning under the brightest of lights. Grice made a case for halftime MVP, with two clutch touchdown receptions. ASU's backs collectively posted 110 receiving yards, showcasing great versatility.
Right before the 2nd quarter came to an end, Jamal Miles muffed a kick return. The turnover was the sole turnover from either side. Colorado turned the fumble into another three points, going into the half with a 20-17 deficit.
Initially, fans began to mummer "oh no, trap game" but Coach Graham got the devils back on track quickly. With only a three point lead going into the second half, the Devils have a lot of work left to do.