Saturday, November 27, 2021

Rising Rallies gives Utah a 35-21 win over No. 18 Arizona State

SALT LAKE CITY (NWN) — Cameron Rising, throwing for 247 yards and two touchdowns, rallied Utah to a 35-21 win over Arizona State on the 18th Saturday night.

Rising added a touchdown for 59 yards and six carries. Tavian Thomas ran for 84 yards and a score. The Utes (4-2, 3-0 Pac-12) took first place in the Pac-12 South, and are the last unbeaten team in Pac-12 play.

Jayden Daniels threw 237 yards and two TDs to lead Arizona State. Daniels ran for 46 yards and a touchdown. The Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) gave up 28 unanswered points after halftime.

Utah ended a 14-point halftime deficit with four straight drives in the second half.

Utes pulled within touchdown on a 7-yard run by Thomas. Then Rising turns to Brent Kuethe on a tossdown pass-to-back drive, giving Utah its first lead in the fourth quarter. A 20-yard strike to Kuethe tied the game in the middle of the third quarter. Then, a wide-open Quithe went a 7-yard pass into the end zone, which put the Utes up 28-21.

TJ Pleasure’s 7-yard run gave Utah a two-touchdown cushion with 2:39 remaining.

The Sun Devils made the first strike on their opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead from Daniels to Jalyn Conniers on a 7-yard pass, which capped the 12-play drive. Conniers went into the end zone after being let open at the goal line.

Utah answered on its first drive, tying the score to 7-all on a 9-yard run by Rising. Rising converted a pair of third downs to keep the drive alive, running for 12 yards on a keeper and connecting with Britain Covey on a 10-yard pass.

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Daniels returned Arizona State with two touchdowns in the second quarter.

The Sun Devils again took the lead at Daniels’ 2-yard bootleg. LV Bunkley-Shelton set up the score as a play when he broke a tackle on a short pass and fumbled for 59 yards before finally being brought down. Daniels then threw a 15-yard pass to Curtis Hodges and extended Arizona State’s lead to 21-7, with 52 seconds left in the half.

Utah entered Sun Devil territory twice in the second quarter. Both assets ended in interceptions thrown by Rising.


Arizona State: Starting with their opening campaign, the Sun Devils made one explosive play after another to keep Utah’s defense on its heels during the first half. The tables turned in the second half when Arizona State made a splash on the defense.

Utah: Utes put himself in a hole with a couple of turnovers. Utah came to life on offense after halftime, scoring four straight drives while averaging 7.5 yards per game on those drives.

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Arizona State is likely to fall from the NWN Top 25 after suffering its first Pac-12 loss of the season.


The state of Arizona hosts the state of Washington on October 30.

Utah visits the state of Oregon on Saturdays.


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