“It was really us, we played against us,” Edwards said. “We put ourselves in bad positions, offensively and defensively. We gave them yards that weren’t earned by them making a play; it was by us misfiring or making a silly penalty.
“Those are the hidden yards that add up on you, when you play a good team and you give them another possession when you should be off the field, and then give them 15 more yards.”
Colorado (1-2) is coming off an embarrassing 30-0 home loss to Minnesota. The Buffaloes gained just 63 total yards — eighth-fewest in school history — and have scored just seven points over the past two games.
Second-year coach Karl Dorrell said he’s trying to be patient with his growing program. He added that he hopes to get back to a run-based approach with veteran backs Jarek Broussard and Alex Fontenot.
“We’re going to work through all the dynamics of everything we’re doing,” Dorrell said. “I’m going to show my face in the offensive room a little bit more. I’m going to try to help the process and be a helping hand.”
Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels had some good moments in the loss to BYU, completing 21 of 29 passes for 265 yards. Those numbers could have been even better if it weren’t for some ill-timed penalties.
Daniels is completing 73% of his passes this season.
“I think that’s how you have to move the ball at times, you have to hit some big explosive plays,” Edwards said. “We know we can have some explosive runs but we need some explosive plays in the passing game. That always helps you and it gets the offense excited as well.”
The Buffs are using two freshmen quarterbacks in Brendon Lewis and Drew Carter.
Lewis was 8 of 16 passing for 55 yards against Minnesota. Carter relieved him later in the game and completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards.
Dorrell said Carter gave Colorado a slight spark when he was under center and there’s a chance he will play more against Arizona State.
“You notice he can throw the ball very well, very effectively,” Dorrell said. “He’s got a great arm. It’s just getting those reps of understanding what defenses are doing and being able to go through his progressions. He understands the run game pretty well.”
Colorado’s offense is averaging just 91 passing yards per game, which ranks 129th in the country.