Colorado lambasted Arizona State 67-5 Saturday in Boulder, Colo. The Buffs were still smarting from a close loss to Arizona the week before, which served as motivation to make a point Saturday.
“Our guys, quite honestly, we were a little bit mad after last week. The game against Arizona is one we felt we should have won, and there were some controversial calls,” said Colorado coach Jim Snyder.
“We went into this week pretty angry and looking for a little bit of revenge, and so we came out swinging with a wide-open style of play, and we were able to score, in the first 20 minutes, a couple of tries, and from there it just started to snow ball.”
Colorado did a good job of turning over the Sun Devils and counterattacking.
“Our guys got into a mindset of just attack right away, and that proved pretty fruitful,” said Snyder. “Several of our scores came off of turnover ball and one or two phases. While their defense was still disheveled, we would score.
Dotting down three of Colorado’s numerous tries was freshman Adam Page. A U20 candidate and former captain of Denver East High School, Page played like an upperclassman Saturday.
“He played really well. He’s a real big kid, and he’s got tremendous game instincts. He’s been playing for, I think, seven years now, and he comes from a really established high school program,” said Snyder.
“He’s just a smart player, good all-around rugby player. He’s also a big kid. Probably 6-4 and 220 and he’s just a freshman. He stepped up today.”
Colorado plays rival Air Force next Friday, and Arizona State gets a week off to lick its wounds.