2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

16 L A S V E G A S B OW L | D E C . 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 8 B O W L G U I D E GAME 6 10.6.18 FOLSOM FIELD • BOULDER, COLO. BOULDER, Colo. -- Besmirch the unblemished Buffaloes all you want, 21st-ranked Colorado proved it belongs in the rankings with a 28-21 win over Arizona State on Saturday. Knocked for a weak schedule with their opponents a cumulative 1-16 entering the weekend, the Buffaloes (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) delivered big on both sides of the ball. Laviska Shenault Jr. , the nation’s leading receiver, scored four times, twice on receptions, twice on runs. “He’s a fabulous player,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “There were times we had doubled him and he still caught the football. They found a way to get him the football and he made a lot of big plays for them.” Shenault had plenty of company in the clutch performance department. The Buffaloes’ unheralded offensive line stymied the Sun Devils’ vaunted pass rush and kept Steven Montez so clean, the quarterback declared, “No heat. I didn’t feel anything all game long. That just shows you how good this O-line is.” Montez, who threw for 328 yards, even brought all his offensive linemen with him to the postgame podium. He should have brought his entire defense, too. The Buffs stymied ASU’s ground game in the second half and produced a goal line stand after a 72-yard pass play to the Colorado 3. The Buffaloes overcame the ejection of star linebacker Nate Landman in the second quarter and stifled Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin in the second half, when the Sun Devils (3-3, 1-2) were stopped on their final five drives, punting four times and turning it over on downs. The Buffaloes also chewed up 12:34 of the fourth quarter, including the final 7:10 thanks to a pair of third-down grabs by Shenault. “No better feeling than going and running the ball down their throat for the win,” Buffs left guard Brett Tonz said. How about stifling Benjamin, who set a school record a week ago with 312 yards against Oregon State?He finished with 120 yards and two touchdowns but managed just 23 yards and zero scores after halftime. Aside from Manny Wilkins’ 72-yard pass to Frank Darby, who was knocked out of bounds by safety Nick Fisher at the 3, the Sun Devils managed just 32 yards on 17 plays over their final five drives. After Darby’s 72-yard catch, Benjamin was stuffed on a 1-yard run, Wilkins was sacked by Mustafa Johnson, safety Evan Worthington corralled receiver Kyle Williams at the 3 after a 7-yard catch and cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr. batted away Wilkins’ pass to Curtis Hodges on fourth-and-goal. “I put that on me,” said Wilkins, who was 12 for 18 for 222 yards and a touchdown . “That sack in the red zone, I can’t do that. We need to get points there.” ASU (3-3, 1-2) AT NO. 21 COLORADO (5-0, 2-0) OVER