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Arizona State explodes for 557 total yards of offense in win at Colorado

Oct 29, 2022, 9:55 PM | Updated: 11:08 pm
Tight end Jalin Conyers #12 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates after a fourth quarter touch...
Tight end Jalin Conyers #12 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates after a fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Colorado Buffaloes during the game at Folsom Field on October 29, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Trenton Bourguet threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to tight end Jalin Conyers, and Xazavian Valladay ran for three touchdowns as Arizona State racked up 557 total yards and held off a late push for a 42-34 victory against Colorado on Saturday night.

Utilizing an up-tempo attack, the Sun Devils (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) scored a touchdown on each of their first two drives, going a combined 139 yards in 15 plays. Making his first career start, Bourguet completed his first nine passes for 161 yards.

On its way to a 28-17 halftime lead, an Arizona State offense that entered the night averaging 353.6 yards had put up 327 while averaging 8.4 yards per play. It finished the game with 10 plays of at least 20 yards.

“Getting on field and looking how they were playing defense, I kind of had a feeling that me and (tight end) Messiah (Swinson) were going to have a good day,” Conyers said.

Despite allowing those gaudy offensive numbers, Colorado (1-7, 1-4) remained competitive for much of the first half. On a third-and-12 late in the second quarter, Buffaloes quarterback J.T. Shrout found freshman wide receiver Jordyn Tyson in stride for a 58-yard touchdown to get within 21-17. The Sun Devils, however, responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Valladay.

Arizona State led by at least 15 points for much of the second half, but an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown from Tyson got Colorado within 42-34 with 3:50 remaining. The Sun Devils were able to mount a seven-play, 36-yard drive that ran out the clock.

“The plays haven’t changed,” Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano said. “The template changed. The play calling changed. It is gratifying. I’m crossing my fingers on the sideline hoping it works, but the kids bought in. They trusted the changes that I made and I’m grateful for that.”

Valladay, the Football Bowl Subdivision active leader in career yards rushing, ran for 118 yards, giving the Wyoming transfer more than 4,000 for his career.

Shrout was 13-of-34 passing for 222 yards with two touchdowns. Tyson had 115 yards receiving along with his two touchdowns, the third-highest total for a true freshman in program history. Deion Smith added 111 yards rushing and a score for the Buffaloes.

“You think about the scoreline being 42-20. What’s happened throughout the course of the year when the scoreline looks like that? That’s why a lot of people left,” Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford said, referring to a thinned-out home crowd in the fourth quarter. “But I’m going to tell those people that left that this team’s going to fight to the very end and there will be a breakthrough. I believe that.”

THE TAKEAWAY

In a battle of teams with interim head coaches, Arizona State earned its second-consecutive victory against Colorado. It scored a combined 77 points in those contests.

With the loss, the Buffaloes secured their 15th sub-.500 record in the past 17 seasons. In the previous 21 seasons, they finished with a losing record just three times.

INJURIES

– ASU linebacker Kyle Soelle, who entered the night third in the FBS in tackles, left the game in the third quarter but later returned.

– Sun Devils safety Chris Edmonds left the game late in the first half, but he later returned and had an interception.

UP NEXT

Arizona State hosts No. 12 UCLA on Nov. 5 at either 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

Kickoff time will be decided on Sunday morning.

Penguin Air
Colorado cheerleader Cami Daniels welcomes players as they arrive before an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay warms up before an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet warms up before an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout warms up before an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones warms up before an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Quarterback Trenton Bourguet #16 of the Arizona State Sun Devils passes against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter of a game at Folsom Field on October 29, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay, right, drives past Colorado cornerback Simeon Harris in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State tight end Messiah Swinson, right, breaks free from a tackle by Colorado safety Tyrin Taylor after catching a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout, back left, fumbles the ball as he is hit by Arizona State defensive back Ed Woods, front left, while Arizona State defensive lineman Anthonie Cooper, right, trails the play in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Handlers guide Colorado mascot Ralphie VI on ceremonial run before an NCAA college football game between Colorado and against Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers, center, celebrates after making a touchdown catch with wide receivers Elijhah Badger, left, and Giovanni Sanders in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger, center, is tackled by Colorado linebacker Quinn Perry, left, and safety Tyrin Taylor after pulling in a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Interim head coach Shaun Aguano of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter of a game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 29, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Colorado safety Trevor Woods, right, intercepts a pass intended for Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers, left, in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) From left, Arizona State wide receiver Charles Hall IV, defensive back Chris Edmonds and fullback Case Hatch celebrate with fans after an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State linebacker Kyle Soelle, right, tackles Colorado running back Deion Smith after a short gain in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado safety Trevor Woods, left, pulls down Arizona State wide receiver Giovanni Sanders after Sanders caught a pass for a short gain in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 
              Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers, right, pulls in a pass for a touchdown as Colorado cornerback Jason Oliver defends in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
            
              Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers, right, tumbles into the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown as Colorado cornerback Jason Oliver defends in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
            
              Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
            Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds intercepts a pass in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds, celebrates his pass interception with linebacker Will Shaffer in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado safety Tyrin Taylor, left, tackles Arizona State wide receiver Bryan Thompson after a short gain in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) A lone fan sits in the empty student section late in the second half of an NCAA college football game as Colorado fell behind Arizona State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano, center, difrects his players against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado punt returner Jordyn Tyson fields a punt that he returns for a touchdown against Arizona State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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