No. 21 Utah grinds out win after starting QB Tyler Huntley exits injured

Utah wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Arizona during the first half at Arizona Stadium.

Utah wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Arizona during the first half at Arizona Stadium.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Hart recovered Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins’ fumble at Utah’s 20-yard line with 2:33 left, preserving the 21st-ranked Utes’ 30-24 victory Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.

Utah (4-0) led throughout and was up 30-17 late in the fourth quarter, but Dawkins threw a 30-yard TD pass to Tony Ellison with 2:44 to play, cutting the lead to six. The subsequent onside kick attempt bounced downfield, and Arizona’s Shawn Poindexter recovered at the Utes’ 35.

On the next play, Dawkins ran 15 yards to the 20 but fumbled, and Hart recovered.

The Wildcats (2-2) committed five turnovers, including three interceptions by Dawkins.

Troy Williams took over for injured quarterback Tyler Huntley in the second quarter and directed the Utes to the victory.

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Utah scored a touchdown on its first possession, and then Arizona twice cut the lead to three — the last time at 20-17 on J.J. Taylor’s 7-yard TD run with 4:38 left in the third quarter.

But 2½ minutes later, with Arizona deep in its own territory, Dawkins threw short over the middle and Javelin Guidry intercepted, returning it 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 27-17.

Huntley completed 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards before he left with an injured shoulder after being sacked by Tony Fields with 8:45 left in the half.

Taylor fumbled at Utah’s 1-yard line in the second quarter, and the Utes drove all the way to the Wildcats 8. Six plays into the long drive, Huntley was injured and Williams — who started 13 games last season — took over. On his first play, Williams connected on a 40-yard pass to Darren Carrington, helping to set up one of Matt Gay’s three field goals, this one from 26 yards, to put the Utes up 13-3 with 5:39 left in the half.

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Utah grabbed a quick 7-0 lead on its first possession with a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive. Huntley threw 8 yards to Samson Nacua for the touchdown.

After Gay’s second field goal, Arizona answered. Wide receiver Shun Brown gained 22 yards on an end around to ignite an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Dawkins scored from 1-yard out, and Utah’s lead was down to 13-10 at the half.

In the third quarter, Williams passed 37 yards to Demari Simpkins to the Arizona 2 to set up Sunia Tauteoli’s 1-yard touchdown run, stretching Utah’s lead to 20-10 with 9:46 left in the quarter.

A targeting penalty on Utah safety Marquise Blair against Dawkins led to Taylor’s 7-yard touchdown run that made it a three-point game again, 20-17, with 4:38 still to go in the third. Blair was ejected and also must sit out the first half of Utah’s Sept. 7 game against Stanford.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes stayed unbeaten but lost their sophomore starting quarterback. Fortunately for them, they have an experienced backup and a week off before returning to conference play.

Arizona: The Wildcats were in the game most of the way but were undone by the avalanche of turnovers.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes have next weekend off before playing their conference home opener Stanford.

Arizona: The Wildcats also have a bye next weekend. They return to play Oct. 7 at Colorado.

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Arizona wide receiver Shun Brown (6) runs for a first down against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona wide receiver Shun Brown (6) runs for a first down against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins throws against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins throws against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Utah's Boobie Hobbs (1) avoids the tackle from Arizona's Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles on a punt return during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Utah’s Boobie Hobbs (1) avoids the tackle from Arizona’s Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles on a punt return during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) fumbles the ball after getting hit by Utah defensive back Casey Hughes (25) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Utah recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) fumbles the ball after getting hit by Utah defensive back Casey Hughes (25) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Utah recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles defends the pass intended for Utah wide receiver Siaosi Wilson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Wilson was ruled out of bounds on the play. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles defends the pass intended for Utah wide receiver Siaosi Wilson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Wilson was ruled out of bounds on the play. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II tackles Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Huntley left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II tackles Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Huntley left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


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No. 23 Utah recovers late fumble to hold off Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Hart recovered Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins’ fumble at Utah’s 20-yard line with 2:33 left, preserving the 23rd-ranked Utes’ 30-24 victory Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.

Utah (4-0) led throughout and was up 30-17 late in the fourth quarter, but Dawkins threw a 30-yard TD pass to Tony Ellison with 2:44 to play, cutting the lead to six. The subsequent onside kick attempt bounced downfield, and Arizona’s Shawn Poindexter recovered at the Utes’ 35.

On the next play, Dawkins ran 15 yards to the 20 but fumbled, and Hart recovered.

The Wildcats (2-2) committed five turnovers, including three interceptions by Dawkins.

Troy Williams took over for injured quarterback Tyler Huntley in the second quarter and directed the Utes to the victory.

Utah scored a touchdown on its first possession, and then Arizona twice cut the lead to three — the last time at 20-17 on J.J. Taylor’s 7-yard TD run with 4:38 left in the third quarter.

But 2 ½ minutes later, with Arizona deep in its own territory, Dawkins threw short over the middle and Javelin Guidry intercepted, returning it 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 27-17.

Huntley completed 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards before he left with an injured shoulder after being sacked by Tony Fields with 8:45 left in the half.

Taylor fumbled at Utah’s 1-yard line in the second quarter, and the Utes drove all the way to the Wildcats 8. Six plays into the long drive, Huntley was injured and Williams — who started 13 games last season — took over. On his first play, Williams connected on a 40-yard pass to Darren Carrington, helping to set up one of Matt Gay’s three field goals, this one from 26 yards, to put the Utes up 13-3 with 5:39 left in the half.

Utah grabbed a quick 7-0 lead on its first possession with a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive. Huntley threw 8 yards to Samson Nacua for the touchdown.

After Gay’s second field goal, Arizona answered. Wide receiver Shun Brown gained 22 yards on an end around to ignite an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Dawkins scored from 1-yard out, and Utah’s lead was down to 13-10 at the half.

In the third quarter, Williams passed 37 yards to Demari Simpkins to the Arizona 2 to set up Sunia Tauteoli’s 1-yard touchdown run, stretching Utah’s lead to 20-10 with 9:46 left in the quarter.

A targeting penalty on Utah safety Marquise Blair against Dawkins led to Taylor’s 7-yard touchdown run that made it a three-point game again, 20-17, with 4:38 still to go in the third. Blair was ejected and also must sit out the first half of Utah’s Sept. 7 game against Stanford.

HE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes stayed unbeaten but lost their sophomore starting quarterback. Fortunately for them, they have an experienced backup and a week off before returning to conference play.

Arizona: The Wildcats were in the game most of the way but were undone by the avalanche of turnovers.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes have next weekend off before playing their conference home opener Stanford.

Arizona: The Wildcats also have a bye next weekend. They return to play Oct. 7 at Colorado.

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Arizona wide receiver Shun Brown (6) runs for a first down against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona wide receiver Shun Brown (6) runs for a first down against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins throws against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins throws against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Utah's Boobie Hobbs (1) avoids the tackle from Arizona's Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles on a punt return during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Utah’s Boobie Hobbs (1) avoids the tackle from Arizona’s Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles on a punt return during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) fumbles the ball after getting hit by Utah defensive back Casey Hughes (25) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Utah recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) fumbles the ball after getting hit by Utah defensive back Casey Hughes (25) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Utah recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles defends the pass intended for Utah wide receiver Siaosi Wilson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Wilson was ruled out of bounds on the play. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona safety Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles defends the pass intended for Utah wide receiver Siaosi Wilson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Wilson was ruled out of bounds on the play. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II tackles Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Huntley left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II tackles Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) during the first half during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. Huntley left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


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Dungey cousins prove toughness in backfields and on bikes

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Anyone who has seen junior quarterback Eric Dungey of the Syracuse Orange play knows he has a good set of wheels, able to leap defenders with a single bound.

Ditto for cousin Ryan, a motocross champion whose two wheels allow him to jump over anything and everything in his way .

Different sports, singular trait — fearlessness.

“Toughness definitely is a shared trait,” Eric’s mother, Cindy, said. “Ryan has broken so many bones!”

Dubbed “boss of the cross,” Ryan Dungey had won every title in his sport by the time he turned 24 — Lites Supercross Championship and titles in both the 250cc and 450cc classes. Only one other rider in history had accomplished the feat at a younger age. He also was the first motocross rider to appear on a box of Wheaties, the first to win the 450cc Supercross and outdoor titles as a rookie (2010), and finished on the podium 69 times in 75 career outdoor starts.

Then there’s this — despite breaking at least 10 bones in his career, Ryan never missed a moto.

“He’s a real tough guy,” Eric said. “When I was younger, he definitely was a role model. I would always look up to him.”

So it should come as little surprise that Eric, who has a history of jumping, diving and flipping off cliffs and bridges, has faced more than his fair share of vicious hits with his daring style of play. He was sidelined for the better part of eight games in his first two seasons at the helm of the Orange offense because of injuries.

As painful as it’s been, Dungey has simply taken the bad in stride. Being the quarterback, he figures it goes with the territory.

“I think it (toughness) is one of the most important attributes you can have to be a leader,” he said. “I just kind of lead by example. I take pride in that. It’s kind of the way I was raised.”

There is a mutual admiration between the cousins.

“Thinking about putting myself in the position of a quarterback and what it would be like, I’ve seen those football players,” Ryan said. “They’re hungry and they’re foaming at the mouth. It can be an intimidating situation.

“You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to have the courage. Guys are ready not to just tackle you but to make sure they get you good where it hurts.”

Since he became the starter at Syracuse his freshman year at a wiry 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Eric, a dual threat with deceptive speed, has paid dearly. Two players have been ejected for targeting fouls committed against him, the first coming against Central Michigan in just his second start and resulting in a concussion.

Four games later, Dungey was knocked facedown on the Carrier Dome turf against Pittsburgh and lay motionless for a scary split second, his arms limp by his sides, before hopping up. Two weeks later at Louisville, he suffered another hard hit to the head late in the game while trying to scramble and left the field with the help of the training staff.

The injury jinx hit again last season when Dungey suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit after a short gain early in a game at Clemson and missed the final three games of the season.

Despite all of that, Dungey has accumulated some impressive numbers as the Orange (2-1) get set to play at No. 25 LSU on Saturday night. In 20 games he’s thrown for 4,764 yards and 31 TDs and rushed 255 times for 853 yards and 15 scores, the latter figure just four shy of the school record shared by Donovan McNabb and Bill Hurley.

Last year, Dungey produced the best game of his college career in a win at Boston College. He hit 32 of 38 passes for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards to finish with 488 yards of total offense, the second highest single-game total in school history. He also displayed that signature toughness after BC defensive back William Harris made an interception, slamming Harris down hard and far out of bounds, sparking a sideline scrum.

“Ever since the first day, I knew that he was something special,” Orange wide receiver Steve Ishmael said of Dungey. “He was confident, wasn’t nervous. He came in there yelling. I was sort of scared myself when he started yelling. I love the kid.”

Although he was victimized by a targeting hit against Middle Tennessee two weeks ago, Dungey says the hits he’s absorbed haven’t been so bad because of the 20 pounds of muscle he added in the offseason. And he’s finally beginning to heed the advice of head coach Dino Babers in an effort to avoid those bone-rattling collisions. In last week’s home win over Central Michigan, he slid three times to avoid unnecessary contact on runs.

“He likes to bring his legs into the game,” Babers said. “We just want him to be smart.”

Dungey, who was lightly recruited coming out of high school in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is on the watch lists for three national awards (Maxwell, Manning and Davey O’Brien). His 27-year-old cousin, who retired in May at the top of his game, is impressed.

“I give him a lot of credit,” Ryan Dungey said. “It’s cool to see the Dungey legacy carrying on and hopefully he can keep that momentum going and bring that into the NFL.”

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FILE - In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Syracuse's Eric Dungey speaks to the media during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football media day in Charlotte, N.C. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE – In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Syracuse’s Eric Dungey speaks to the media during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football media day in Charlotte, N.C. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE - In this July 7, 2012, file photo, Ryan Dungey heads to a first-place finish during the first 450cc motocross race at the Redbull Redbud National Pro Motocross races at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Mich. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (Jody Warner/The Herald-Palladium via AP, File)

FILE – In this July 7, 2012, file photo, Ryan Dungey heads to a first-place finish during the first 450cc motocross race at the Redbull Redbud National Pro Motocross races at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Mich. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (Jody Warner/The Herald-Palladium via AP, File)

FILE - In this May 16, 2013, file photo, rider Ryan Dungey, the 450 class champion, talks to reporters after demonstration rides on a temporary track set up at the downtown rail yards in Sacramento, Calif. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

FILE – In this May 16, 2013, file photo, rider Ryan Dungey, the 450 class champion, talks to reporters after demonstration rides on a temporary track set up at the downtown rail yards in Sacramento, Calif. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) rushes with the ball ahead of a Boston College defender during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boston. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) rushes with the ball ahead of a Boston College defender during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boston. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and cousin Ryan, a motocross champion, share a toughness that’s in the family genes. Ryan figures he’s broke at least 10 bones racing and Eric has excelled at Syracuse despite at least one concussion. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)


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