Arizona State's huge game against Utah began with the Utes taking a gamble in kicking off to Jamal Miles, but it paid off as he was stopped at the 15-yard line.
The first Sun Devils' drive featured two catches by tight end Trevor Kohl, the first two by any ASU tightend this season. However, the drive stalled around midfield and the Devils were forced to punt, but a 30-yard punt return by Charles Henderson gave the Utes great starting position at the ASU 46.
The Utes were able to move easily on the Devils' defense early, and a 30-yard touchdown run by John White IV capped their five play scoring drive.
The second Sun Devil drive saw the running game fail to get anything going yet again, culminating in a failed third and one that saw an Osweiler incompletion.
The defense was able to pin the Utes back on ensuing drive, forcing a punt that gave the Sun Devils excellent field position at the Utah 46. What looked like another three and out was bailed out by a personal foul on Utah that negated a sack of Osweiler. On the next play, Osweiler hit Gerrell Robinson with a dart for 18-yards to the Utah 13. Three plays later, Osweiler hit Jamal Miles on a slant for the touchdown to tie the game.
Utah began their next possession at their 28-yard line. The Utes continued to use short passes to make things easier on their first-time starting quarterback Jon Hays. After one first down, ASU's defense stiffened on third down to force a punt that rolled into the endzone for the touchback.
A false start penalty and a bad swing pass to Kyle Middlebrooks pushed ASU back within their own five yard line. A pass to George Bell returned the ball to the original line of scrimmage and gave ASU some more room to punt. A nice 50-yard punt by Josh Hubner pushed Utah back to their 29-yard line.
A reverse on the opening play picked up 14-yards and also saw ASU cornerback Osahon Irabor injured.