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.