Quarterback Jon Hays
Sept. 23, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - After an impressive win last week over rival BYU, Utah falls flat against Arizona State with a 37-7 defeat Saturday night.
Taylor Kelly threw for a career-high 326 yards and three touchdowns.
Coming off a mistake-filled road loss to Missouri, the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) used their don't-let-em-rest offense and a smothering defense to run past Utah (2-2, 0-1) on a hot night in the desert.
Kelly eclipsed his season high by halftime with 259 yards and had three touchdown passes as Arizona State built a 31-7 lead.
Cameron Marshall scored two touchdowns and Arizona State rolled up 512 total yards against one of the nation's best defenses to win its ninth straight over the Utes.
Utah followed an impressive win over rival Brigham Young with a dud, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter and managing 209 total yards - 55 in the second half.
John White lost two fumbles after missing the BYU game last week with an ankle injury and Jon Hays was mostly ineffective in his second game in place of Jordan Wynn, setting up a lopsided loss that may be more disheartening for Utah than its slipup against Utah State in Week 2.
Arizona State faced its first glint of adversity under Graham last weekend in Columbia.
Heading into Saturday's game, Graham was concerned about Utah's defense, which was ranked 15th nationally through the first three games.
The Sun Devils had 347 yards by halftime against a Utah defense that allowed an average of 268 yards its first three games.
Arizona State's defense was just as good.
Clogging the running lanes and giving Hays nothing to look at downfield, the Sun Devils held Utah to 152 yards in the first half, with 91 of those coming on the Utes' lone scoring drive. Hays capped that drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Karl Williams, but that was about it for him and the Utes.
Hays threw for 117 yards on 10-of-15 passing with an interception. Utah had 92 yards rushing on 38 carries and had nine total yards in the fourth quarter.