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Utah scores final 21 points to pull away from Arizona State, 49-26

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Utah running back Joe Williams (28) runs for an 82-yard rushing touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second half on Nov. 10.
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Joe Williams ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 15 Utah’s defense had 11 sacks in a 49-26 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night at Tempe, Ariz. 

Utah (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12 Conference) overcame a slow start with a series of spectacular plays against the Football Bowl Subdivision’s worst passing defense. 

Troy Williams threw for 296 yards and connected with Raelon Singleton on three of his four touchdown passes. Singleton finished with 116 yards on four catch-es to help the Utes stay within reach of Colorado in the Pac-12 South. Hunter Dimick sacked Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins five times. 

Duke pulls upset

Daniel Jones ran for two scores and threw for another to help Duke upset No. 17 North Carolina, 28-27, at Durham, N.C.

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Redshirt freshman Jones rushed for 94 yards as part of a ground game that helped the Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), keep moving the chains against the Tar Heels (7-3, 5-2). Shaun Wilson ran for a game-high 107 yards and a score of his own, Duke finished with 227 yards rushing and converted 10 of 17 third-down chances. 

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