September 9, 2007

Mistakes don't prevent ASU from easy win

Arizona State spent most of the first quarter beating itself, then punished Colorado for the rest of the game en route to a 33-14 victory in front of 58,417 fans at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night.

The Sun Devils essentially gifted the Buffaloes a 14-0 lead due to a Rudy Carpenter interception which was returned for a touchdown, and a penalty on Morris Wooten, in which he leaped over a teammate to attempt a field goal block. The Buffaloes would get a first-down due to the penalty, and eventually score on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cody Hawkins to Scotty McKnight.

But those were just two of many first-quarter mistakes that contributed to ASU's befuddling start to the game.

Tyrice Thompson had a 15-yard, half the distance to the goal penalty on the Colorado kickoff which followed its first touchdown (which came Carpenter's on the third play of the game, a pass directly to Terrence Wheatley).

After Colorado held, Jonathan Johnson chased his first punt of the game and put a late-hit in the Buffaloes' return man well after he was already down, another 15-yard penalty.

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