Colorado Football won its fifth consecutive game to start the season Saturday, defeating Arizona State, 28-21 at Folsom Field. After beating UCLA last Friday, the Buffs are 2-0 in the the PAC-12 for the second time since joining the league in 2010.
Led by the duo of Steven Montez and Laviska Shenault, CU’s offense exploded for 494 yards in another impressive showing. Montez completed 24-of-33 passes for 328 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air.
Both touchdown passes were caught by Shenault, who led CU with 13 receptions for 127 yards. Through five games, Shenault has 749 all-purpose yards (708 receiving) and ten total touchdowns (six receiving). In total, Shenault had four touchdowns Saturday, as he was able to find the end zone twice on the ground as well.
Along with a strong showing through the air, running back Travon McMillian led both teams with 30 carries for 136 rushing yards. The Virginia Tech transfer played a big role in controlling the pace of play and helped CU lead the total time of possession by seven minutes.
While it was mostly a positive day for the Buffs, linebacker Nate Landman was ejected for targeting in the first half. Luckily for the Buffaloes, Landman’s disqualification in this contest will not impact him next week since it occurred before halftime though. In the first four games, Landman averaged over ten total tackles per game, so his presence is important on the defensive side.
Now 2-0 in league play, No. 21 Colorado will face USC on the road next Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on FS1.