Utah hangs on to keep lead in Pac-12 South
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
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.
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.