The 21st-ranked Colorado Buffaloes proved it belongs in the rankings with a 28-21 win over Arizona State on Saturday. At the same token, the Sun Devils are showing they can play with any team and this was a good game that just didn’t go their way.
Buffaloes were Knocked for a weak schedule with their opponents a combined 1-16 entering the weekend and delivered on both sides of the ball more particularly on the offensive line keeping quarterback Steven Montez’s uniform clean.
Montez was quoted after the game speaking of his O-line, as they joined him at the podium after the game.
“No heat. I didn’t feel anything all game long. That just shows you how good this O-line is.”
Montez, threw for 328 yards on 24/33 and two touchdowns, shredding the Devils defense.
The story of this game was the offensive attack of wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.,the nation’s leading receiver, scored four TD’s, twice on receptions, twice on runs. Shenault lit the Devils defense for 140 total yards and had a whopping 13 receptions and didn’t matter who was guarding him.
Sun Devils hung tough and their run game picked up where it left off last week, as Eno Benjamin had a good first half but was shut down by the Buffaloes defense all second half.
Benjamin finished with 28 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns, but were stopped on their final five drives, punting four times and turning it over on downs once.
Another surprise was the silence of star wide receiver N’Keal Harry holding him to only 3 receptions for 62 yards and kept him out of the end-zone where he has made a living this season.
One play that was weird as Harry fielded a punt and raced to the right and a Colorado player blasted him from the side, as he appeared to come off the sideline to make the big hit. But after seeing the re-play the player was blocked out of bounce and came back in just in time to hit N’Keal and ended his day as he left with an injury.
The Sun Devils will return home with a bye week to lick their wounds and get some things straight on defense and get healthy, as they get ready for Stanford on a Thursday night.