N’Keal Harry turns botched play into a 31-yard touchdown for ASU

Nov 10, 2016, 9:27 PM | Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 4:16 pm

Conservative, ASU offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey wasn’t.

Really, he was rifling through his playbook. On Thursday against the Utah Utes, the Sun Devils went to several Sparky formations often. They also delved into the trick plays with a 46-yard completion off a reverse and deep pass by receiver N’Keal Harry that was caught by Frederick Gammage.

Those went well.

Running back Kalen Ballage rushed for a touchdown out of the Sparky look, and Harry’s pass set up a touchdown that gave ASU a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. But a screen pass in the second quarter didn’t go as planned.

Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins hit Harry with a quick lateral pass, but the receiver fumbled the ball and picked it up looking to salvage … something.

By how he scooped the ball and looked to throw, Harry appeared to have a passing play set up. But as he swept left to right, there was nothing. Yet, he avoided three Utes in the backfield and cut back to the middle with the help of his Sun Devil offensive lineman before finding light. He got back to the line of scrimmage and broke outside for 31-yard touchdown run that was aided by a nasty Ballage block in the open field.

It doesn’t always go as planned, but that didn’t mean it was turning out badly for ASU in the first half as it trailed the No. 15 team 21-20.

Arizona State Football

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders responds to questions during a news conference after the team's N...

Arizona Sports

Colorado coach Deion Sanders praises Arizona State’s Kenny Dillingham

Deion Sanders has much respect for Kenny Dillingham, Coach Prime revealed Tuesday, as the Sun Devils prepare to face the Buffs in Tempe.

1 day ago

Kenny Dillingham...

Stephen Gugliociello

ASU’s Kenny Dillingham talks Colorado, Deion Sanders and the long road ahead

The Sun Devils have a lot of tough games ahead of them, starting this week against Colorado at Mountain America Stadium on Saturday.

2 days ago

(ASU football X screenshot)...

Associated Press

ASU football falls just short in road loss to Cal

California’s defense made a pivotal interception and the Golden Bears beat the Sun Devils 24-21 on Saturday.

4 days ago

ASU Head Coach Kenny Dillingham, Fresno State at Arizona State September 18, 2023 (Jeremy Schnell/A...

Jesse Morrison

State of the Sun Devils podcast: How does Arizona State football beat Cal?

On the latest episode, the guys discuss what Arizona State needs to do Saturday to pick up the win in their first road game at Cal.

4 days ago

Sun Devil uniforms for Week 5 vs. Cal...

Aaron Schmidt

Sun Devils unveiling fresh road uniform in matchup vs. Cal

As the Sun Devils hit the road to face Cal, fans get to see the team's new white and maroon helmet/jersey/pants combination.

5 days ago


Arizona Sports Video

Video: How can Arizona State get their first Pac-12 win in the Kenny Dillingham era?

How Arizona State can get their first Pac-12 win in the Kenny Dillingham era? The State of the Sun Devils podcast quickly looks back on the week that was and ASU’s loss to No. 8 USC (2:44), previews the upcoming matchup against Cal (5:45), provides some Wednesday practice updates from ASU (20:33), takes a look […]

5 days ago

N’Keal Harry turns botched play into a 31-yard touchdown for ASU