The Sun Devils marched 91 yards on their first offensive possession and scored on a lucky bounce as on second down Demario Richard fumbled as he was being taken the ground. The ball bounced right to Kody Kohl who took it 28 yards for a touchdown to put ASU up 7-0 with 11:02 left in the first quarter.
Colorado turned the ball over on the ensuing drive when quarterback Sefo Liufau was hit as he released a pass on third down. The ball floated in the air and was intercepted by freshman Kareem Orr and returned it to the Colorado 15-yard line. Five plays later, ASU found the end zone for the second time when Mike Bercovici hit Kohl from four yards out to put ASU up 14-0.
On the ensuing drive, Colorado found the end zone for the first time, as Phillip Lindsay capped a 75-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run. Liufau hit his tight end Sean Irwin for a gain of 42 to set up the Lindsay touchdown run.
A Mike Bercovici interception ended ASU's third drive shy of the end zone. After the ASU defense forced a three-and-out, Dasmond Tautalatasi blocked the Colorado punt and recovered at the Buffaloes 10-yard line. ASU was stopped on third down and Zane Gonzalez knocked in a 22-yard field goal to put ASU up 17-7 late in the first quarter.
Following a Colorado punt, ASU took over on the Colorado 47-yard line and needed just two plays to find the end zone for the third time int the half. Following a nine-yard run from Richard, Bercovici found Tim White for a 38-yard touchdown to put ASU up 24-7 with 14:13 left in the first half.
After the two teams exchanged punts most of the second quarter, the Buffaloes drove 72 yards in 11 plays and knocked in a 27-yard field goal with five seconds left in the half to pull within 14.
Bercovici went 12-for-20 for 155 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the first half. The Sun Devils rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries, 28 of those coming off the fumble recovery from Kohl. Colorado has 176 yards through the air and eight different receivers caught a pass in the first half for the Buffaloes.
The Sun Devils will get the football to begin the second half.