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September 21, 2012
Utah vs Arizona State
Utah opens their second year of Pac-12 play the same way they did their first, on the road against a tough division foe. Utah (2-1) heads to Tempe to take on Arizona State (2-1) late Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8:00 pm Mountain time. Non-conference play is over for both schools, and both want to start their 9-game conference schedule off with a win.
Arizona State is coming off a tough road loss to Missouri, dropping the contest 24-20 after twice failing to score points late in the game deep in Missouri territory. After looking explosive in their first two games at home, the Sun Devils struggled to move the ball on offense and showed some vulnerabilities on defense. Arizona State is looking to get back to their explosive ways at home. Arizona State relies on the big play on offense, having hit on 17 plays of 20 yards or more this season.
Utah won a wild, emotional game against BYU, stopping the Cougars on three consecutive game-ending plays to win 24-21. Utah finally won when BYU's second game-tying field goal attempt bounced harmlessly off the left upright. Utah's offense continues to struggle establishing consistency both on the ground and through the air, not a good sign going up against an aggressive Arizona State defense. Utah's defense has played great football and will need to be at the top of their game to give their sputtering offense a chance to gain confidence and play to their potential.