Nov 9, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive tackle Will Sutton (90) and defensive end Davon Coleman (43) celebrate during the second quarter against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

No. 22 Arizona State comes back to beat Utah 20-19 to stay atop Pac-12 South


Talk about surviving, Arizona State was down 19-7 to start the fourth quarter and it did not look good for the Sun Devils in Salt Lake City. With their Pac-12 South lead in serious jeopardy, the Devils responded for a huge quarter of what coach Todd Graham called “championship football”, outscoring the Utah Utes 13-0 in the final frame.

“It doesn’t matter, that’s the kind of game that championship teams win”, said Graham in the post game interview. Indeed, ASU was held to their lowest output of the season on the scoreboard, but a Taylor Kelly to Richard Smith 14 yard touchdown pass with 2:37 remaining gave them the win.

In a rarity for today’s college football, neither team reached the three-century mark. The Devils got the better of the yardage total, 293-247. Kelly completed 19 passes but only managed 144 yards through the air. Travis Wilson was clearly bothered by an injury to his throwing hand and only completed six passes for Utah, tallying 121 yards. Each threw for a score.

ASU moves to 7-2 (5-1 Pac-12) and keeps their game lead over UCLA and USC in the Pac-12 South. A difficult road still lies ahead with Oregon State going into Tempe next week, followed by a possible South-deciding game at the Rose Bowl before the Devils welcome the rival Wildcats into the Desert.

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  • Bill

    Awesome job. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

  • Richard

    Its so good to see the Devils able to get it done on the road now. That damn Notre Dame game is going to come back to haunt us though. Very disappointing loss.