Coming into this season, Colorado's receivers were viewed as one of the best groups in the country.

It took nine weeks, but in last weeks' 44-28 win against California, they finally looked like an elite group.

"That performance was incredible," senior Shay Fields said. "Everybody got touches, whether they scored or not. It felt great, especially after nine weeks. That amount of big plays we had, it does fuel the team and it does spur that moment. It also gives us an edge for next week to know what we can do."

On Saturday, the Buffs (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) will look to duplicate that effort at Arizona State (4-4, 3-2).

Fields caught four passes for 101 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown that was by far his longest play of the year. Devin Ross added four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, Jay MacIntyre had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown and Bryce Bobo had three catches for 34 yards. Off the bench, Laviska Shenault had a 58-yard catch that set up another touchdown.

"All week we had a different rhythm," MacIntyre said. "We knew we had to step up and we knew it was a game we had to go show up in. When we started hitting passes, going fast, that's when we get going.

"(This week), it has that same feel. Our offense, we're just going to keep continuing to get better and that's our goal."


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Quarterback Steven Montez was the catalyst against Cal, as he had his best game of the year, completing 20-of-26 passes for 347 yards.

"These offenses are always going to revolve around your quarterback," co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini said. "Once Steven got in a rhythm early, you could tell he was feeling it. Once he hit that first deep ball, you could really tell it helped his confidence. The receivers, I thought, played well and made plays for him and it came together for us offensively."

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