Sun Devils beat Utes 19-16 in overtimePosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zane Gonzalez kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime for his fourth field goal and No. 15 Arizona State overcame an uneven performance to take control of the Pac-12 South with a 19-16 victory over No. 18 Utah on Saturday night.
Utah (6-2, 3-1, No. 17 CFP) had the ball first in overtime and had to call a timeout just before Andy Phillips attempted a 35-yard field goal to avoid a delay-of-game penalty. Phillips, one of the nation's best kickers, pushed that attempt wide right and did the same thing when it counted - his first miss in four attempts on the night.
Arizona State (7-1, 5-1, No. 14 CFP) had troubled moving the ball throughout the second half and managed just a couple of yards on its overtime drive. Gonzalez made it count, though, driving his ball through the uprights to send the Sun Devils charging onto the field.
The victory, combined with Arizona's loss to UCLA, gave Arizona State a one-game lead in the Pac-12 South and kept the Sun Devils' College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Devontae Booker ran for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Utes, who were all but eliminated from playoff contention. Travis Wilson had a pedestrian passing day for Utah, throwing for 57 yards and a touchdown while completing 12 of 22 passes.
Arizona State's Taylor Kelly continued to show a few signs of rust in his second game back from a foot injury, unable to move the Sun Devils throughout the second half against Utah's constant pressure. He finished with 205 yards on 18-of-32 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Demario Richard ran for 116 yards for the Sun Devils, who face another big test against No. 6 Notre Dame next week.
Arizona State moved the ball well in the first half, but had trouble getting into the end zone.
The Sun Devils settled for a pair of field goals by Gonzalez in the first quarter despite outgaining Utah 149-21. Arizona State finally got into the end zone in the second quarter, when Jaelen Strong followed a 32-yard catch-and-run with a 6-yard touchdown catch. Right after that, the Sun Devils stalled on another drive and Gonzalez missed from 50 yards.
Once the third quarter started, Arizona State couldn't seem to get out of its own way.
The Sun Devils had four penalties for 40 yards in the quarter - all at crucial times - and the offense labored, managing 55 yards on 12 plays.
Arizona State finally generated a bit of offense in the fourth quarter - namely a 31-yard pass from Kelly to Gary Chambers - yet again failed to find the end zone. Gonzalez's third field goal of the night, from 30 yards, tied at 16.
Playing without leading receiver Dres Anderson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, the Utes were relegated to short throws underneath and the run game wasn't much better. The Utes had 97 total yards and six points - on a pair of field goals by Phillips - in the first half.
Utilizing Wilson more in the run game with the read option, the Utes started to find a bit of a rhythm offensively in the second half.
Utah marched quickly down the field its opening drive, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Wilson to Booker. Phillips followed with a 44-yard field goal that put the Utes up 16-13 after three quarters.
The Utes stumbled after that, though, unable to even get into field-goal range, much less score another touchdown in regulation.