TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Utah Utes have a veteran coach nearing two decades in charge of the program, a seasoned quarterback with a few years in the team’s system, multiple offensive playmakers and a stout defense that doesn’t give up many big plays.
Arizona State doesn’t really have any of those things.
That made the results on Saturday night predictable.
Cameron Rising threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to tight end Dalton Kincaid, and No. 13 Utah rolled past Arizona State 34-13 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
”That’s just No. 86 having enough to make a catch,” Rising said of Kincaid’s big night. ”He’s a guy who is just a playmaker. Any time you can put it in his vicinity, he’s going to come down with it more times than not.”
The Utes spoiled the debut of Arizona State’s Shaun Aguano, who was named interim coach earlier this week after Herm Edwards was fired following last weekend’s loss to Eastern Michigan.
Utah (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) won its third straight since a season-opening loss to Florida. Arizona State (1-3, 0-1) lost its third in a row.
Utah never trailed, jumping ahead 7-0 in the first quarter when Rising hit Kincaid for a wide-open 29-yard touchdown. The Rising-Kincaid connection hooked up again later in the first quarter when Kincaid made a tough, fourth-down catch in traffic for a 6-yard score that pushed the advantage to 14-0.
The Utes built a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter and led 24-6 at halftime. Utah outgained Arizona State 252-59 in the first half.
Rising completed 19 of 29 passes and the Utes finished with 465 total yards.
Arizona State’s Emory Jones was 21 of 36 passing for 261 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Utah’s defense sacked Jones five times and the Sun Devils didn’t score a touchdown until the final minutes when the outcome was already decided.
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Publish date : 2022-09-25 05:50:50
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