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October 13, 2013

Arizona State dominates Colorado

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Taylor Kelly accounted for three touchdowns and Marion Grice ran for two more in a dominating first half, leading Arizona State to a 54-13 rout over listless Colorado on Saturday night.

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.

Colorado replaced quarterback Connor Wood in the first quarter after an interception and freshman Sefo Liufau wasn't much better, throwing two more interceptions. Colorado also lost a fumble and finished with 268 total yards - Arizona State had 531 - in its third straight lopsided 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, Southern California and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks.

Arizona State went 2-2, closing the run out with a disappointing 37-34 loss to the Fighting Irish in Texas.

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.

The key was to not overlook Colorado.

No problem.

The Sun Devils raced past the Buffaloes from the start, scoring on a 69-yard pass from Kelly to Jaelen Strong in the first 90 seconds. Grice scored on an 8-yard run three minutes later, Zane Gonzalez kicked a 26-yard field goal and Grice scored again on a 1-yard run after a Colorado interception.

That made it 25-0 after one quarter for Arizona State, which scored 24 points in the opening quarter its first five games combined. It was the Sun Devils' most first-quarter points since 2002, when they had 28 in a rout of Stanford.

Arizona State didn't let up, either, giving a defensive player a chance to score - end Davon Coleman on a 1-yard pass - and getting a 17-yard rushing touchdown by Kelly for a 47-6 halftime lead.

The Buffaloes doubled their win total from last season in their first two games under new coach Mike MacIntyre, but have struggled since the Pac-12 season started, losing to the two Oregon schools by a combined score of 101-33.

Colorado managed to keep it close with Oregon in the first quarter last week, but stood no chance against the fired-up Sun Devils.

The Buffaloes stagnated on offense to start and couldn't keep up with Arizona State's quick-hitting attack to fall into a big early hole.

Wood struggled his previous two games - 25 of 67 with four interceptions and two TDs - and was replaced by Liufau in the first quarter after an ill-advised, across-the-body throw was intercepted by Arizona State's Lloyd Carrington to set up the Sun Devils' third touchdown.

The change didn't make much difference.

Liufau was called for intentional grounding the end zone for a safety and forced a pass into coverage that was knocked into the air and intercepted by Damarious Randall. Gonzalez followed with his third field goal of the half, a 20-yarder that made it 40-6.

Arizona State had a 392-94 advantage in total yards in the first half and Liufau opened the third quarter by throwing an interception in the end zone.





Arizona State: Jaelen Strong 69 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Marion Grice 8 yd run (Jaelen Strong 2pt pass from Mike Bercovici)
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 26 yd FG
Arizona State: Marion Grice 1 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Colorado: Nelson Spruce 10 yd pass from Sefo Liufau (failed 2pt pass)
Arizona State: Davon Coleman 1 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Team safety
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 41 yd FG
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 20 yd FG
Arizona State: Taylor Kelly 17 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: R.J. Robinson 1 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Colorado: Christian Powell 8 yd run (Will Oliver kick)
Arizona StateColorado
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS2917
TOTAL NET YARDS532268
Total Plays8065
Average Gain6.64.1
NET YARDS RUSHING27699
Rushes5835
Average per rush4.82.8
NET YARDS PASSING256169
Completions-attempted11-2218-30
Sacked13
Yards Lost-2-20
TOTAL TURNOVERS04
Interceptions03
Fumbles Lost01
OTHER
Penalties38
Penalty Yards2575
Time of Possesion33:4026:20
Punts24
Punt Average36.540.75
Return Yards6697
Arizona StateCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Taylor Kelly9192332012.3
Mike Bercovici2323007.7
ColoradoCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Sefo Liufau1826169126.5
Connor Wood040010.0
Arizona StateATTYDSTDAVG
Marion Grice138826.8
R.J. Robinson156914.6
Mike Bercovici63906.5
Taylor Kelly53617.2
Deantre Lewis91902.1
D.J. Foster61803.0
Richard Smith111011.0
Michael Eubank1202.0
Team2-60-3.0
ColoradoATTYDSTDAVG
Michael Adkins166203.9
Christian Powell72914.1
Tony Jones41203.0
Sefo Liufau41002.5
Team2-30-1.5
Connor Wood2-110-5.5
Arizona StateATTYDSTDAVG
Jaelen Strong3109136.3
Marion Grice246023.0
Cameron Smith147047.0
Richard Smith125025.0
Darwin Rogers112012.0
Deantre Lewis111011.0
D.J. Foster1505.0
Davon Coleman1111.0
ColoradoATTYDSTDAVG
Nelson Spruce54218.4
Paul Richardson43909.8
Tyler McCulloch341013.7
D.D. Goodson220010.0
Christian Powell122022.0
Kyle Slavin1808.0
Devin Ross1-10-1.0
Michael Adkins1-20-2.0


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