Utah football report card: Utes score straight A's en route to total victory (5 items)
SALT LAKE CITY — From the opening drive to the final whistle, Utah dominated in-state foe Weber State every step of the way Saturday afternoon, posting a decisive 70-7 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the second game of the season for both teams.
Here's how the Utes performed in five key areas of the game.
Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.
1 of 5. OFFENSE
Finding offensive production was never a problem for the Utes, who scored a touchdown on 10 of 16 drives. After punting on their first possession, the Utes scored on two consecutive drives before recording five straight TDs in the second quarter alone.
Leading the way was sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson, who was firing on all cylinders. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 264 yards and three passing touchdowns along with 93 rushing yards on three attempts for another two scores — and he only played the first half of the game.
Dres Anderson led the receiving corps with 103 yards while Lucky Radley led the team in rushing yards with 111. In comparison, their Weber State counterpart — Bo Bolen in both categories — totaled 26 and 30 yards, respectively.
As a team, the Utes amassed 628 yards of total offense, 24 first downs, and had an overwhelming performance.
2 of 5. DEFENSE
Utah performed well on the defensive side of the ball, too, holding Weber State to just 205 total yards, 90 of them in the first half, and 69 rushing yards. Of their 16 drives, the Wildcats punted 12 times, fumbled twice and lost the ball at the end of the first half. They also only crossed midfield twice — the opening drive and their third-quarter touchdown.
The defensive line had seven sacks, the most since its eight against Alabama in 2008. Senior tackle Tenny Palepoi led the way with 1.5 sacks as well as eight total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Junior DB Eric Rowe had three tackles and broke up a team-high three passes, while Mike Honeycutt scored a defensive touchdown with a forced fumble, returning it 21 yards.
3 of 5. SPECIAL TEAMS
Of Tom Hackett's four punts, three of them were inside the 20-yard line. Andy Phillips divided the 11 kickoffs with Jamie Sutcliffe, and the two combined for 665 yards while Phillips successfully kicked all 10 PATs.
The Utes averaged 21 yards on six punt returns and had solid yardage on kick returns.
4 of 5. COACHING
The Utes were better in every area of the game — including on the sideline. The offense had rhythm throughout the game, even with major lineup changes throughout the second half.
The coaching staff opted to practice the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, guiding the Utes on a five play, 70-yard drive for their fifth touchdown of the quarter with four seconds left on the clock. The 35 second-quarter points was the most points Utah has scored in a quarter since 1968, the first year quarter records were tracked.
5 of 5. OVERALL
The Utes won their second consecutive game over an in-state opponent while using 53 players and posting eye-catching stats in every aspect of the game. While Utah was always a heavy favorite, its ability to execute from beginning to end, with starters and reserves, was promising.