Utah sacks San Jose State 10 times in 34-17 win

Utah players get ready for an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Utah sacked San Jose State's quarterbacks 10 times and scored 17 points off three turnovers on the way to a 34-17 victory Saturday night.

Utah (3-0) trailed twice early but kept the defensive pressure on Spartans (1-2) quarterback Kenny Potter, who took five sacks in the first half.

The Utes led 13-10 when Reggie Porter's interception late in the first half set up a 74-yard scoring drive. Troy Williams hit Tim Patrick with a 54-yard completion to the 9, and then connected with Patrick with a 4-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left in the half.

Eight different Utah players collected sacks, with Filipo Mokofisi and Hunter Dimick each notching a pair.

The Utes knocked Potter out of the game late in the third quarter when he escaped being sacked for the eighth time, scrambling for a 5-yard gain before being sandwiched hard by two defenders. Freshman Josh Love took over and was sacked three times before throwing a 46-yard TD pass to Zamore Zigler.

The 10 sacks equaled the second-most in Utah history.

Troy Williams was 20 of 28 for 257 yards and a touchdown for the Utes.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes won their first road test of the season, and now begin Pac-12 play with a stretch of three road games in their first five. The first two are at Cal on Oct. 1 and at Oregon State on Oct. 15 before a potential Pac-12 South showdown at UCLA on Oct. 22.

San Jose State: The Spartans dropped their 21st consecutive game to a team currently playing in a Power Five conference. They have not beaten an opponent from one of the nation's top five leagues since a 35-34 victory over Stanford on Sept. 9, 2006 at Spartan Stadium.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes open Pac-12 play at home Friday night against a USC team that fell to 1-2 after a 27-10 loss at Stanford. Utah should be motivated following a 42-24 loss at USC last season that spoiled a 6-0 start and No. 3 ranking in the Top 25.

San Jose State: The Spartans take on their second straight Power Five opponent, traveling to Iowa State next Saturday. The game will be SJSU's first vs. a Big Ten foe since losing 24-7 at Minnesota in 2014.