Arizona State has made it two-straight wins to start the season.
The Sun Devils defeated Colorado 33-14 Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
After taking a five-point lead into the second half, ASU scored twice in the third quarter to break open a tight game. First, the Sun Devils’ Ryan Torain scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, and then ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter connected with receiver Mike Jones on a 20-yard touchdown pass to create the 19-point advantage.
Early in the game however, it was a struggle for the Sun Devils.
Carpenter had his first pass attempt of the game intercepted by Colorado’s Terrence Wheatley and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Then following another first-quarter turnover, the Buffaloes extended their lead to 14 on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cody Hawkins to Scotty McKnight.
But in the second quarter, ASU cut the lead in half on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter to Jones, and then trimmed it to one on a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Troy Nolan. Sun Devil kicker Thomas Weber missed the ensuing extra point attempt to tie the game.
ASU went ahead for the first time on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter to Kyle Williams with 14 seconds remaining in the first half.
It was a sloppy game fraught with mistakes by both sides. The Sun Devils were penalized with six personal fouls and multiple other thoughtless penalties, and also had three turnovers. Colorado, meanwhile, had two turnovers of its own and saw its receivers drop a plethora of passes, including two likely touchdowns.
The temperature at opening kickoff was 102 degrees, and the announced attendance was 58,417.
Last week ASU kicked off the season with an easy 45-3 home victory over San Jose State. The game marked the debut of head coach at Dennis Erickson, who came to ASU after previous stints at Wyoming, Washington State, Miami, Oregon State and Idaho. Erickson won two national championships while he was in Florida, and now has 150 career victories.
Colorado fell to 1-1 with tonight’s loss, following its 31-28 come-from-behind win over Colorado State in Denver last weekend. The Sun Devils defeated the Buffaloes 21-3 last year in Boulder, Colo.
ASU will remain home next weekend as it entertains San Diego State Saturday night. Colorado will host Florida State in its next game.