SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The hopes of Utah’s football fans were bolstered by the return of quarterback Tyler Huntley, who missed the last two and a half games because of a shoulder injury.
Those hopes were quickly dashed.
Huntley threw four interceptions, including a pick-6, as the Utes lost their third straight game, getting dominated by a rejuvenated Arizona State team, 30-10.
Huntley completed 19 of 35 passes for 155 yards and four interceptions, as Utah managed just 256 total yards, 81 on a meaningless final drive to avoid being shut out of the endzone.
Meanwhile, Arizona State racked up 205 yards rushing, 93 by Demario Richard and 75 by Kalen Ballage.
“Not a lot of positives to take away from that game,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “Inept on offense, soft against the run defensively, just a lot of things. Right now, we’ve got to get an identity on offense. Right now we have no identity. You’d think we’d know seven games in, but right now we don’t know.”
The Sun Devils took a 16-0 halftime lead on three field goals by Brandon Ruiz and a 1-yard touchdown run by Richard.
The Utes finally broke through on the scoreboard on a 53-yard field goal by Matt Gay to make it 16-3.
But Arizona State quickly put the game away on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Manny Wilkens and an interception return for a touchdown by Jay Jay Wilson.
“We did that,” Huntley said. “We did that. Nobody else did that to us, we did that. As a team, all of us. We just came out missing assignments, not making plays, and that’s what happens.”
“We’ve got some work to do,” said Whittingham. “We’re in a tough spot right now. We’re down and need to pick ourselves back up, find a way out of this, or not.”
Utah falls to 4-3 on the year, and next hits the road at Oregon next Saturday.