ASU got off to a slow start against Utah on Saturday afternoon, as the Utes took a 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Up to that point, Brock Osweiler looked hesitant, declining to go for the big play and relying too much on the swing passes (which Utah covered quite well).
A slew of Utah turnover turned the tide, as the Sun Devils scored 25 points in the second half to key a 35-14 rout of the Utes in Salt Lake City.
Utah quarterback Jon Hays threw three interceptions and the Utes had five total turnovers as inconsistent play finally got the best of the home team. The ASU defense really picked up the offense today, showing Osweiler and company that they can perform at a high level in an intimidating venue.
The confidence and swagger of Arizona State was evident as the turnovers piled up. The penalty count was high - 17 penalties between the two teams, adding up to 148 total yards.
Osweiler completed 25 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Senior wideout Gerell Robinson had a banner day, catching seven passes for 101 yards. Mike Willie caught two touchdown passes, with Cameron Marshall and Jamal Miles also hitting paydirt.
With the win, Arizona State improves to 5-1, taking a commanding 3-0 Pac-12 record and leading the South division by a wide margin. It is far too early to call a winner in the South, but the Sun Devils would have to misstep horribly to lose this division. The Sun Devils now control their own destiny, heading to Oregon next Saturday in a game that will have championship-level implications.
After getting a big road win today and LaMichael James unlikely to play, the Devils have a real chance to defeat the Fighting Ducks.
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