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Arizona State Loses on a Game Winning Field Goal, Falls to Colorado 27-24

After a promising 1st half, Arizona State’s offense went silent before showing life in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 24. But then Shedeur Sanders Happened as he connected with Javon Antonio for a 43-yard connection that set them up in field goal range for the game-winning field goal.

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Shedeur Sanders was mainly kept in check for this game but still played efficient clean football as he finished the game going 26-42 for 239 yards and 2 total touchdowns and an impressive game-winning drive.

Elijah Badger was good in this game as he had 12 catches for 134 yards in the game on 16 targets. Cam Skattebo was kept in check as he had 13 carries for 49 yards and 1 touchdown.

Trenton Bourguet finished the game 32-49 for 335 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, and a clutch touchdown to Troy Omeire to tie the game.

Here are the takeaways from the game:

1st Half:

Arizona State got off to an impressive start to begin the game as Colorado differed for the second half after winning the coin toss. That ended up working in ASU’s favor as they scored on their opening possession on a trick play by coach Dillingham.

On that first drive, ASU did a good job of attacking the middle of the field on dagger concept routes and Colorado had no answer for it on the first drive of the game.

Colorado had a great drive to get them their first points in the game as they had a 16 plays 75-yard drive by Shedeur Sanders and the Offense.

On that drive, Sanders and his receivers like Jimmy Horn Jr. did a good job of stretching the defense as much as possible from sideline to sideline.

It helped create lanes in the middle of the field on the drive and it got them a solid end-around touchdown run on 3rd and goal from the one-yard line to Xavier Weaver.

On Arizona State’s second touchdown drive of the game, Arizona State had a nice tandem on screens working to Elijah Badger and Xavier Guillory to put them in a good scoring position. It ended up with a Cameron Skattebo 1-yard touchdown to put them up 14-7.

Before the 1st half ended, Colorado drove the ball in 9 plays 81-yard drive after Shedeur Sanders capitalized on a roughing the passer penalty by running in for a 16-yard touchdown.

Bourguet had a great drive to end the half as he finished the half 16-23 for 156 yards and a rushing touchdown they ended up getting a field goal to end the half up 17-14.

Other than these scores it was defense, defense, defense for the Sun Devils as Colorado only managed to convert 1-7 third downs and rush the ball for 34 yards.

Sanders was sacked 3 times and finished the half 14-22 for 116 yards and a rushing touchdown in the first half and the corners defended the go routes really well in this contest so far.

2nd Half:

The 2nd Half was a different story for Arizona State’s offense as they suddenly went cold for the majority of the half.

Colorado’s defensive line started feasting on Trenton Bourguet as they got to him 4 times in the second half. On top of this, Colorado got a solid touchdown from Javon Antonio on a 9-yard catch by Shedeur Sanders.

The 4th quarter is when Arizona State got it going on their final drive of the game. Bourguet connected with Troy Omeire to tie the game with 55 seconds remaining.

Shortly after, Shedeur Sanders made things happen when he connected with Javon Antonio for a 43-yard gain to put Colorado in field goal range.

Alejandro Mata shortly after hit a game-winning field goal with 12 seconds remaining and ended up winning the game 27-24 in a great game in front of a sellout crowd.

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Arizona State will now go into a much-needed bye at 1-5 as they look to get healthy and finish out the season strong.

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