The Colorado Buffaloes put up 17 points in the second quarter against the Arizona St. Sun Devils on Thursday, cutting Arizona State's lead to 20-17 at the half. The first touchdown for Colorado came on an eight-play drive that lasted 68 yards, and it was capped off on a 2-yard Tony Jones run.
That touchdown gave Colorado a 7-6 lead, but Arizona State responded by scoring two straight touchdowns to go up, 20-7. After the second touchdown, it looked like the Sun Devils were going to run away with this game. But the Buffaloes offense showed some life late in the half when quarterback Jordan Webb connected on a 20-yard pass to the wide-open tight end Nick Kasa, making it a 20-14 game with just 24 seconds left in the half.
On the following kickoff, Colorado's K.T. Tu'umalo was able to force Arizona State's Jamal Miles to fumble the return, and it was recovered by Alex Wood at the Sun Devils 19-yard line. Colorado's offense dialed up a few attempts in the end zone, but both attempts fell up short.
The Buffaloes then lined up to attempt a 37-yard field goal, and it was by no means a certainty. Kicker Will Oliver was 1-for-2 on field goals for the year, with his only made kick being from 30 yards out. Oliver came up big, nailing the kick to help Colorado cap off a 10-0 run, and allow the Buffaloes to enter the half trailing by just three points.