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Shenault's 4 TDs lead No. 21 Colorado past ASU 28-21

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) 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.''

BIG TARGET

Landman was ejected after officials ruled he targeted Benjamin on a 5-yard reception on third-and-4 at midfield. Fellow inside linebacker Rick Gamboa hit Benjamin low and Landman came in high, although he appeared to hit him cleanly with his shoulder as he tried to keep the running back from reaching the first-down marker.

''I can't comment'' on the call because he'd be fined, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. ''The good thing about it is we won without Nate out there and Nate's back the first play against USC'' next week.

MacIntyre moved outside linebacker Drew Lewis back inside to the position he played last year.

BAD BREAK

The Buffs shanked a punt in the third quarter that would have given ASU the ball at the Colorado 35-yard line, but an offsides flag wiped it off and instead they got the ball at their 43, then went three-and-out.

''That was a big play,'' Edwards said. ''We had field position. Maybe we don't score but we were in position to score. I think opportunities present themselves and they capitalized on the opportunities when they presented themselves and we did not. That's what the game boils down to.''

NO DOUBT

Edwards said he didn't consider going for a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 3.

''If you're going to be a good football team you score a touchdown,'' Edwards said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Buffs' win assured they won't have a short-lived stay in the Top 25 after cracking the poll this week and maybe their critics will quit pointing to a schedule that turned out easier than anyone imagined with poor starts by Colorado State, Nebraska and UCLA.

THE TAKEAWAY

The teams were evenly matched, but the Buffaloes proved they're legit . The Sun Devils showed they aren't that far away after hanging tough with another ranked team on the road.

UP NEXT

Arizona State hosts Stanford on Oct. 18 after a bye week.

Colorado visits USC, seeking its first win over the Trojans in 13 tries.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:42
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 0:52
2-L.Shenault runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
129
yds
02:29
pos
21
27
Point After TD 11:46
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 11:54
12-S.Montez complete to 2-L.Shenault. 2-L.Shenault runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
1:10
pos
21
20
Point After TD 13:35
1-B.Ruiz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 13:43
5-M.Wilkins complete to 84-F.Darby. 84-F.Darby runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
70
yds
00:00
pos
20
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:24
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 0:27
12-S.Montez complete to 2-L.Shenault. 2-L.Shenault runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
50
yds
05:18
pos
14
13
Point After TD 5:45
1-B.Ruiz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 5:49
3-E.Benjamin runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
14
plays
64
yds
05:05
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:52
48-J.Stefanou extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:57
2-L.Shenault runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
02:50
pos
7
6
Point After TD 5:47
1-B.Ruiz extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 5:51
3-E.Benjamin runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
16
plays
101
yds
06:37
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 25
Rushing 8 12
Passing 7 12
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 5-11 8-16
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 341 494
Total Plays 57 78
Avg Gain 6.0 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 145 166
Rush Attempts 39 45
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 3.7
Net Yards Passing 196 328
Comp. - Att. 12-18 24-33
Yards Per Pass 10.9 9.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-26 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-35 6-60
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-47.5 4-37.8
Return Yards 36 24
Punts - Returns 2-20 2-8
Kickoffs - Returns 1-16 1-16
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Arizona State 3-3 777021
21 Colorado 5-0 7714028
196 PASS YDS 328
145 RUSH YDS 166
341 TOTAL YDS 494
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Wilkins 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 222 1 0 188.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 1446 11 1 146.7
M. Wilkins 12/18 222 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
E. Benjamin 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 120 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
126 715 7
E. Benjamin 28 120 2 17
M. Wilkins 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 157 2
M. Wilkins 7 14 0 9
I. Floyd 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
I. Floyd 1 8 0 8
N. Harry 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 1
N. Harry 1 2 0 2
T. Smith 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 51 0
T. Smith 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Darby 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 131 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 302 1
F. Darby 3 131 1 72
N. Harry 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 62 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 481 5
N. Harry 3 62 0 30
E. Benjamin 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 156 2
E. Benjamin 2 2 0 5
T. Hudson 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 27 0
T. Hudson 1 1 0 1
C. Hodges 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
C. Hodges 0 0 0 0
B. Aiyuk 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 104 1
B. Aiyuk 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Ruiz 1 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
6/7 23/23
B. Ruiz 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Sleep-Dalton 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 44.3 2
M. Sleep-Dalton 4 47.5 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Lucas 32 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 21.2 16 0
P. Lucas 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Harry 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 26.5 11 0
N. Harry 1 11.0 11 0
B. Aiyuk 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 5.6 9 0
B. Aiyuk 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Montez 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.7% 328 2 0 176.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75.2% 1420 11 2 174.2
S. Montez 24/33 328 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
30 136 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 528 4
T. McMillian 30 136 0 14
S. Montez 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 125 3
S. Montez 3 17 0 12
L. Shenault Jr. 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 41 4
L. Shenault Jr. 5 13 2 7
K. Evans 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 124 1
K. Evans 3 3 0 4
K. Nixon 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -5 0
K. Nixon 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Shenault Jr. 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 127 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 708 6
L. Shenault Jr. 13 127 2 30
K. Nixon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 97 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 290 1
K. Nixon 5 97 0 51
T. Brown 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 234 0
T. Brown 4 55 0 39
J. MacIntyre 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 114 2
J. MacIntyre 2 49 0 27
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Franke 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Franke 1-0 1.0 0
M. Johnson 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Stefanou 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/8 24/24
J. Stefanou 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Price 49 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 39.6 1
D. Price 4 37.8 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Nixon 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 20.4 16 0
K. Nixon 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Blackmon 2 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 9.9 5 0
R. Blackmon 2 4.0 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:28 ARIZST 14 6:37 16 86 TD
2:52 COLO 35 2:40 11 49 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 ARIZST 21 5:05 14 79 TD
0:24 COLO 35 0:00 2 -11 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:24 COLO 35 0:00 6 75 TD
11:46 COLO 35 1:40 5 1 Fumble
8:42 ARIZST 40 1:32 3 8 Punt
4:52 ARIZST 43 0:57 3 9 Punt
0:42 COLO 35 0:30 6 72 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:12 ARIZST 30 0:42 3 4 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARIZST 35 2:03 9 25 Punt
5:47 ARIZST 35 2:50 9 65 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 COLO 36 1:56 7 43 FG Miss
5:45 ARIZST 35 5:18 15 84 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 ARIZST 35 1:41 6 65 TD
10:01 COLO 20 0:47 3 7 Punt
6:36 COLO 4 1:35 3 3 Punt
3:21 COLO 20 2:29 9 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 COLO 3 4:48 12 40 Fumble
7:23 COLO 24 6:35 13 47