Utah hangs on to keep lead in Pac-12 South

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SALT LAKE CITY

Quar­ter­back Ja­son Shel­ley scored from 2 yards out to give Utah the lead for good mid­way through the fourth quar­ter and the Utes went on to win 32-25 on Satur­day.

The win kept the Utes on the top of the Pac-12 South Di­vi­sion. Utah is 5-3 in the con­fer­ence, a halfgame ahead of Ari­zona State, South­ern Cal and Ari­zona. South­ern Cal played Cal­i­for­nia late Satur­day night.

The fourth-quar­ter touch­down was Shel­ley’s sec­ond of the game. He scored from 2 yards out in the first quar­ter and a

10-0 lead.

Utah took a 19-7 lead into half­time as Matt Gay hit three sec­ond-quar­ter field goals. Gay had five in the game.

But the Ducks ral­lied in the sec­ond half as Justin Herbert threw a pair of tochdown passes. The sec­ond one gave the

Ducks a 25-22 lead with 8:15 left in the game.

NO­TABLE

Ari­zona State 31, UCLA 28: Manny Wilkins, in his fi­nal home game, ran for two touch­downs and threw for an­other and Ari­zona State kept its Pac-12 South ti­tle hopes very much alive with a 31-28 vic­tory at home over UCLA.

Eno Ben­jamin car­ried it a ca­reer-high 34 times for 182 yards and a score for the Sun Devils (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12), who won their third straight – all over Pac-12 South foes – and be­came bowl el­i­gi­ble un­der first-year coach Herm Ed­wards.

UCLA (2-8, 2-5) lost its third straight but stayed with the Sun Devils through­out the game.

Wil­ton Speight, start­ing over fresh­man Do­rian Thomp­son-Robin­son at quar­ter­back for the Bru­ins, com­pleted 26 of 35 yards and two TDs, both to tight end Caleb Wil­son, who had 11 catches for 164 yards.

Wilkins com­pleted 16 of 22 for 199 yards and a touch­down but had an in­ter­cep­tion re­turned for a score. He rushed for 60 yards in 14 car­ries. N'Keal Harry, most likely in his fi­nal home game since he’s ex­pected to leave for the NFL, had seven catches for 100 yards.

Speight’s 10-yard touch­down pass to Wil­son cut Ari­zona State’s lead to

31-28 with 1:52 re­main­ing. Ari­zona State re­cov­ered UCLA’s on­side kick but couldn’t move the ball and had to punt. But a sack and two false start penal­ties doomed the Bru­ins’ hopes.

Ari­zona State used up 8:05 of the clock in an 80-yard drive, capped by Wilkins’ 1-yard run that put the Sun Devils up

31-21 with 3:56 to play.

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