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Ja’Quinden Jackson Scores First Touchdown At RB For Utah

Sep 24, 2022, 10:09 PM
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Ja'Quinden Jackson #3 of the Utah Utes rushes the ball behind blocker Chris Curry #0 during their game against the Washington State Cougars September 25, 2021 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Utes quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson scored a touchdown in the second quarter at Arizona State as a running back on Saturday.

With Chris Curry suffering a season-ending injury in the San Diego State game last week, Utah decided to use Ja’Quinden Jackson at running back against Arizona State.

Late in the second quarter, Jackson ran in a two-yard touchdown. That gave the Utes a 24-3 lead with 44 seconds left in the second quarter. Arizona State added a field goal as time expired in the half.

Jackson finished the first half with four carries for 14 yards and one TD.

It is hard to say exactly what ASU and Utah are to each other. They are a rivalry that isn’t a rivalry, but man, oh man, they do not like each other and it shows up every time they play. Add in the drama surrounding the Sun Devils after letting head coach Herm Edwards go after losing to Eastern Michigan last week among everything else, and there is a recipe for an interesting game.

Looking at the recent history, the Utes have won four of the last six meetings against the Sun Devils. Utah’s last win in Tempe came in 2016 with quarterback Troy Williams, partially due to the Covid-19 pandemic interrupting the series pattern.

The million dollar question this week is how will ASU respond in a big game after releasing their head coach and moving on with interim head coach Shaun Aguano? Will they come out firing, or will they struggle to adjust?

Last season ASU really disappointed after being touted as a possible Pac-12 South contender going 8-5. The Sun Devils currently sit 1-2 on the 2022 season with losses to Eastern Michigan and Oklahoma State and their lone win against Northern Arizona. This year, much like last year, Arizona State has talent to work with, but it’s a matter of getting that talent working together.

The Utah/Arizona State game can be seen on ESPN.

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