Despite the turnovers, Utah's offense wound up with more yards (364-338) and first downs (27-20) than Washington State.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is now the owner of every major career passing record in Pac-12 history.
"We moved the ball really well", Falk said.
Injuries across the board have hurt continuity on offense during a season in which the Utes have new starters at quarterback, running back and four offensive line positions.
The Cougars (9-2, 6-2) won themselves that luxury by beating Utah 33-25 in Salt Lake City on Saturday and tripping up Stanford 24-21 in Pullman a week earlier. His favorite target this year has been Tavares Martin Jr, who is leading the Cougars in both receiving yards and touchdowns with 705 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. And of the Power Five leagues, the Pac-12 might be the only one without an invite.
"There's been a lot of guys on this ride and it's been super fun", Falk said. We had a slight lull, but I thought it was a pretty complete game.
Emerging as a prolific passer isn't what many people expected to unfold for him when Falk joined the Cougars as a walk-on. Huntley finished with 305 passing yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and 51 rushing yards on 20 attempts.
I don't like this spot for Washington State, which will play its 11th straight game today.
The pick gave WSU's offense the ball at the Utah 44 with less than a minute to play. "He's a prime example of that".
Utah is 0-3 against the Pac-12 North this season, losing to Stanford, Oregon and Washington State. "We need to win another one".
Utah must win one of its final two games against Colorado or Washington to become bowl eligible.
Follow along with us as we bring you live updates, highlights, photos and more as the Cougars look to stay in the driver's seat of the Pac-12 North. "I thought we ran to the ball real well, which was key". I'm not going to lie about that.
The degree of difficulty increases for Utah's offense this week. The victor of the Apple Cup will enter the Pac-12 Championship game on December 1. The Cougars are first in pass efficiency defense (104.20 rating).
Despite a terrible offensive start and the flurry of turnovers that the Utes committed on Saturday, sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley believes the offense can compete against any defense in the country. Huntley's 66.7 percent completion rate ranks eighth nationally among FBS quarterbacks.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) Eric Barriere threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his first start, Sam McPherson rushed for 118 yards while throwing for one score and catching a TD pass and Eastern Washington topped North Dakota 21-14 on Saturday. Then Zack Moss punched it in from 2 yards out to cut Washington State's lead to 13-10.
"That was a good football team", said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "They never quit", Whittingham said. The Cougars scored 23 points off those turnovers.
It's a more straightforward path for the Cardinal, who only have to beat the Golden Bears next week and get a UW win in the Apple Cup in order to reach their fourth title game in seven years.