Sun Devils knock off No. 16 Utah

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Manny Wilkins threw three touch­down passes to N’Keal Harry and Ari­zona State beat vis­it­ing Utah 38-20 on Satur­day, knock­ing the No. 16 Utes out of sole pos­ses­sion of first place in Pac-12 South.

The Utes (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) lost quar­ter­back Tyler Hunt­ley to an ap­par­ent shoul­der or arm in­jury in the third quar­ter.

The loss snapped Utah’s four-game win­ning streak and dropped the Utes into a first-place tie with Ari­zona in the clogged Pac-12 South. USC was a half-game back and played Ore­gon State later Satur­day. Ari­zona State (5-4, 3-3), with con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries over USC and Utah, also is a half-game out.

Hunt­ley was in­jured when he was hit while forc­ing a throw with 5:33 left in the third quar­ter. Fresh­man Ja­son Shelly re­placed him and the of­fense strug­gled af­ter that.

Harry, con­sid­ered one of the top re­ceivers in the coun­try, caught nine passes for 161 yards, in­clud­ing TD catches of three, 23 and 61 yards. His three TD catches were a ca­reer high.

Wilkins com­pleted 19 of 24 for 285 yards and three scores with one in­ter­cep­tion. Eno Ben­jamin rushed for 175 yards, in­clud­ing a 44-yard TD run that sealed the vic­tory with 4:12 to play.

Ari­zona State gained 536 yards against a Utah de­fense that had been ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12.

Fri­day night: Khalil Tate threw for ca­reer-high 350 yards and five touch­downs af­ter set­ting an FBS rush­ing record against Colorado a year ago, lift­ing host Ari­zona to a 42-34 vic­tory over the Buf­faloes.

Ari­zona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) strug­gled early while fall­ing into a 10-0 hole, then scored on its next eight pos­ses­sions. Tate or­ches­trated the rally.

Ari­zona’s ju­nior quar­ter­back ran all over Colorado a year ago, set­ting an FBS record for a quar­ter­back with 327 yards rush­ing. He beat the Buf­faloes with his arm this time, com­plet­ing 17 of 22 passes, in­clud­ing two touch­downs to Shawn Poin­dex­ter.

J.J. Tay­lor pro­vided bal­ance to the Wild­cats’ of­fense, run­ning for 192 yards on 40 car­ries to send Colorado (5-4, 2-4) to its fourth straight loss.

Rick Scu­teri / As­so­ci­ated Press

Ari­zona State run­ning back Eno Ben­jamin steps over Utah se­nior line­backer Chase Hansen.

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