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Utah players think Arizona State was stealing offensive signals

Several Utah players thought that Arizona State defenders were stealing their offensive signals, which is why they started huddling in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah center Siaosi Aiono said he believes the Sun Devils played that card last year as well, so they added huddling up to their repertoire as a safeguard in case it happened again.

"They called out a couple of our plays last year," Aiono said. "So it was like a tool in our tool bag to have just in case we had to pull it out, and it worked out for us."

As Kyle Goon of the Tribune notes, stealing signals is certainly a gray area, tiptoeing the line between gamesmanship and cheating. Head coach Kyle Whittingham downplayed the idea, though he added he did see some ASU coaches signaling a pass right before a passing play.

"We never complained about that," Whittingham said. "It's our job to ensure that our signals are indecipherable. It's not their job to look the other way."

Once the Utes started huddling up in the fourth quarter, they went on to score 20 points (after scoring 14 in the previous three quarters) en route to a 34-18 win over ASU. It was Utah’s first win over the Sun Devils since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.