SALT LAKE CITY — Both teams started the game slowly as each squad's first two possessions of the game ended in three-and-outs.
The No. 4 Utah Utes got things going when quarterback Travis Wilson led a 7-play, 69-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Handley Harris.
But Utah only held the lead for maybe one real-time minute.
On the ensuing kickoff, Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Tim White went 100 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sun Devils their first touchdown return since 2012.
After Utah went three-and-out again, De'Chavon Hayes returned the punt for 48 yards and nearly gave ASU its second-consecutive touchdown return before getting stopped by Utah punter Tom Hackett. ASU couldn't capitalize despite cracking Utah's redzone and settled for Zane Gonzalez's 34-yard field goal to put ASU up 10-7.
At the top of the second quarter, Utah drove the ball with help from 21-yard plays from wide receiver Kenneth Scott and running back Devontae Booker. The Utes ended the drive with an 11-yard reception from Wilson to Scott.
As that drive ended, heavy rain started pouring at Rice-Eccles Stadium. ASU at first continued to pass and got a first down off a completion from Devin Lucien, but the drive stalled at six plays when the Sun Devils tried to run the ball
Both teams stall in their final possessions before halftime. Arizona State will receive the ball at the beginning of the second half.