Final: Arizona State 35, Utah 14
October, 8, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Utah already faced a tough task against No. 22 Arizona State without starting quarterback Jordan Wynn, but if you lose the turnover battle 5-0 you probably wouldn't win with Andrew Luck at quarterback.
The Sun Devils dominated the second half against the sloppy Utes and turned a close game into a 35-14 blowout.
Arizona State improves to 5-1 and, most important, 3-0 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils are in control in the South Division. The Utes, widely considered the Sun Devils top competition in the South, fall to 2-3 overall and, most important, 0-3 in the conference.
Wynn's replacement, Jon Hays, completed 18 of 30 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. The Utes also fumbled twice.
Utah, in fact, saw three second-half drives end with turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Sun Devils, who have been known to be sloppy in the past, protected the football and got a push with penalties.
While it wasn't always pretty, quarterback Brock Osweiler had a strong game, completing 25 of 41 passes for 325 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 34 yards on seven carries.
Arizona State visits Oregon next weekend. The Ducks will be without running back LaMichael James.
Utah heads east for a game at Pittsburgh.