TEMPE, Ariz. -- Another Pac-12 Conference foe made minced meat out of the Colorado defense Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.

Another game got out of hand quickly allowing fans of both Arizona State and the Buffs to yawn their way through the second quarter, let alone the second half.

When it ended, the scoreboard read 54-13.

It's nothing new in this new era for Colorado football. The Buffs have now allowed opponents to score at least 30 points in 19 of their first 21 Pac-12 games. They have lost 16 of those games by 25 or more points.

At this rate, even the faculty members who were so delighted to be joining forces with academic powerhouses out west might start to yearn for the old Big 12.

The Buffs have lost 11 straight Pac-12 games and remain winless in five games against the Sun Devils. All of those games have been played in the past eight years.

"We're going to keep perservering," coach Mike MacIntyre said. "It's about persevering. Perseverance builds character and character builds hope and then eventually it happens. It's going to happen.


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"Boy, this was tough tonight. There is no doubt about that and the young men, I told them in the locker room. 'We've got to keep battling. We've got to keep fighting. We've got to keep working.' The one thing I told them, I said, and I truly believe this; They've got to give me their effort, but they also have to give me their heart."

But there was one reason for at least mild interest among the CU faithful.

After watching junior quarterback Connor Wood struggle for a third straight week and throw another interception and nearly lose a fumble, coach Mike MacIntyre pulled the redshirt off freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau late in the first quarter.

The move will likely relegate Wood to backup duty for the foreseeable future. He failed to complete a pass in four attempts and the offense didn't earn a first down with him at the controls.

Liufau directed an 11-play, 80-yard drive on his first series and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Spruce for the Buffs' only points of the first half.

Later in the half, Liufau was rudely welcomed to the college game when ASU blitzed as the Buffs were backed up deep in their territory. Liufau was called for intentional grounding in the end zone resulting in a safety.

CU quarterbacks and running backs appeared to be under siege much of the night with another defensive front having its way with the offensive line. The Buffs turned the ball over four times and didn't get a takeaway defensively for the first time this season.

It took the Sun Devils 92 seconds to score the first points of the game. On the fifth play from scrimmage, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly hit wide receiver Jaelen Strong over the middle and Strong raced 69 yards for a touchdown. Redshirt freshman cornerback John Walker appeared to lose track of Strong on the play.

The CU offense responded with three plays for zero yards and a punt.

Once again the Sun Devils needed only five plays to cover 37 yards with running back Marion Grice, the nation's leading scorer, punching into the end zone. This time the Sun Devils added some salt to the wound by completing a 2-point conversion pass to Strong.

Grice helped the Sun Devils rack up more than 200 rushing yards with his 88 yards in the first half, including two touchdown runs. ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly played only the first half and finished with nine completions in 19 attempts for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

Colorado gets a break from the Pac-12 gauntlet next week when it plays host to Charleston Southern from the Football Championship Subdivision. It is a makeup game for the Sept. 14 home game against Fresno State that was cancelled after historic flooding hit the Boulder area.

"I think kids are trying as hard as they can try," MacIntyre said. "We've got to get them better at what they do and executing and keep pushing and keep getting stronger and keep getting better at what we do. I'm not going to blame players. I'm not going to blame coaches. I'm just going to say it's a process.

"I wouldn't be here if we didn't have a long way to go."

 

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Arizona St. 54, Colorado 13

Colorado 0 6 0 7--13

Arizona St. 25 22 7 0--54

First Quarter

 

ASU -- Strong 69 pass from T.Kelly (Gonzalez kick), 13:28.

ASU -- Grice 8 run (Strong pass from Bercovici), 10:26.

ASU -- FG Gonzalez 26, 6:27.

ASU -- Grice 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 4:45.

Second Quarter

 

Col -- Spruce 10 pass from Liufau (pass failed), 14:54.

ASU -- Coleman 1 pass from T.Kelly (Gonzalez kick), 13:27.

ASU -- Safety, 9:48.

ASU -- FG Gonzalez 41, 7:57.

ASU -- FG Gonzalez 20, 5:49.

ASU -- T.Kelly 17 run (Gonzalez kick), :16.

Third Quarter

 

ASU -- Robinson 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 3:22.

Fourth Quarter

 

Col -- Powell 8 run (Oliver kick), 11:03.

A -- 50,104.

Col ASU

First downs 17 29

Rushes-yards 35-99 58-276

Passing 169 256

Comp-Att-Int 18-30-3 11-22-0

Return Yards 0 77

Punts-Avg. 4-40.8 2-36.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-75 3-25

Time of Possession 26:20 33:40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 

RUSHING -- Colorado, Adkins 16-62, Powell 7-29, T.Jones 4-12, Liufau 4-10, Team 2-(minus 3), C.Wood 2-(minus 11). Arizona St., Grice 13-88, Robinson 15-69, Bercovici 6-39, T.Kelly 5-36, D.Lewis 9-19, Foster 6-18, R.Smith 1-11, Eubank 1-2, Team 2-(minus 6).

PASSING -- Colorado, Liufau 18-26-2-169, C.Wood 0-4-1-0. Arizona St., T.Kelly 9-19-0-233, Bercovici 2-3-0-23.

RECEIVING -- Colorado, Spruce 5-42, Richardson 4-39, McCulloch 3-41, Goodson 2-20, Powell 1-22, Slavin 1-8, Ross 1-(minus 1), Adkins 1-(minus 2). Arizona St., Strong 3-109, Grice 2-46, Ca.Smith 1-47, R.Smith 1-25, Rogers 1-12, D.Lewis 1-11, Foster 1-5, Coleman 1-1.