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Pac-12 roundup: Manny Wilkins, N’Keal Harry lead Sun Devils past No. 16 Utah 38-20

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018

Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins throws downfield against Utah in the first half  Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)
Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins throws downfield against Utah in the first half Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)
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Manny Wilkins threw three touchdown passes to N’Keal Harry and Arizona State beat Utah 38-20 on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona, knocking the No. 16 Utes out of sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South.

The Utes lost quarterback Tyler Huntley to an apparent shoulder or arm injury in the third quarter.

The loss snapped Utah’s four-game winning streak and dropped the Utes into a first-place tie with Arizona and USC. Arizona State, with consecutive victories over USC and Utah, is a half-game out.

Huntley was injured when he was hit while forcing a throw with 5:33 left in the third quarter. Freshman Jason Shelly replaced him and the offense struggled after that.

Harry, considered one of the top receivers in the country, caught nine passes for 161 yards, including touchdown receptions of 3, 23 and 61 yards. His three TD catches were a career high.

Wilkins completed 19 of 24 passes for 285 yards and three scores with one interception. Eno Benjamin rushed for 175 yards, including a 44-yard TD run that sealed the victory with 4:12 to play.

Arizona State gained 536 yards against a Utah defense that had been ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12.

The Sun Devils took a quick 14-0 lead.

They went 75 yards in 11 plays in their first possession, Benjamin scoring on a 6-yard run.

The Utes were moving after the subsequent kickoff when Huntley threw deep to Jaylen Dixon. But the ball bounced off of Dixon’s chest at the goal line and into the hands of Arizona State’s Aashari Croswell, who returned the interception 47 yards. Six plays later, Wilkins threw 3 yards to Harry and it was 14-0 with 5:09 left in the first quarter.

Utah reeled off 17 consecutive points to take the lead. The Utes went 80 yards in 11 plays for the go-ahead score, Huntley throwing a 5-yard TD pass to Samson Nacua to put Utah up 17-14 with 2:15 left in the half.

But the advantage was short-lived.

Wilkins gained 16 yards on the ground and threw a 19-yard pass to Brandon Aijuk to set up a 23-yard touchdown pass to Harry and the Sun Devils were back on top 21-17 with 1:01 left in the half. The six-play, 77-yard drive used up just 1:14.

Oregon 42, UCLA 21: Justin Herbert threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns and the Ducks defeated the Bruins in UCLA coach Chip Kelly’s first game at Autzen Stadium since he left Eugene following the 2012 season.

Dillon Mitchell caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks, who became bowl eligible. The victory also snapped a two-game losing streak that had dropped the Ducks out of the rankings.

USC 38, Oregon State 21: Aca’Cedric Ware rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, including 57-yard and 62-yard scoring sprints, as the Trojans topped the Beavers in Corvallis.

JT Daniels threw for 177 yards and a touchdown and Vavae Malepeai added 101 yards rushing for the Trojans, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

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