GAMEDAY College Football

Utah 42, Oregon State 16

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Cameron Rising threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns and added 73 yards and a score on the ground to lead No. 12 Utah to a 42-16 victory over Oregon State.

The Utes (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) forced four turnovers to avenge their only Pac-12 loss from last season. It was the first time Utah finished with four interceptions in a game since a 52-45 victory over UCLA in 2016.

Two of those takeaways came in the red zone.

"We found our toughness," senior safety R.J. Hubert said. "This team has guts, passion, they're tough, and I love these guys."

Third-string quarterback Ben Gulbranson threw for 177 yards and two interceptions to lead the Beavers. Gulbranson played the final three quarters after starter Chance Nolan left with a neck strain.

Oregon State (3-2, 0-2) suffered its second straight loss despite rolling up 417 yards and 21 first downs.

"I don't want to say we took a step back, but we definitely didn't take any steps forward," senior safety Jaydon Grant said.

Utah broke open a close game with a pair of third quarter touchdowns. Devaughn Vele fought scored on a 16-yard catch. Then, R.J. Hubert picked off a pass from Gulbranson in the end zone and returned it 70 yards to set up Jaylen Dixon's 22-yard scoring run.

A 4-yard toss from Rising to Dalton Kincaid gave the Utes a 42-16 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Clark Phillips III intercepted Nolan twice in the first quarter, becoming the first Utah player since Julian Blackmon in the 2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl to have multiple interceptions in the same game. The sophomore cornerback finished with three interceptions - the first Utah player to do since Robert Johnson had three picks against Colorado State in 2009.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Phillips combines natural speed and quickness with unrivaled preparation to make his mark on the football field.

"There's nobody who studies more film than Clark and that leads to big plays," Whittingham said. "The more film you study, the more big plays you're going to make."

Phillips snagged his first interception on Oregon State's second play from scrimmage to set up Dixon's diving 19-yard catch three plays later that gave Utah a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

The Beavers answered on their next drive. Silas Bolden took a pitch and ran 29 yards untouched on a reverse to even the score. Phillips jumped a route for his second interception and returned it 38 yards to put Utah back in front midway through the first quarter.

"We noticed formational tendencies and (defensive coordinator Morgan) Scalley put us in position to be able to capitalize on that," Phillips said. "I just so happened to be the outside corner on that (pick-six) play. As soon as I saw the ball snapped and the quarterback looked, I said this is the one and hopefully we score."

Rising stiff-armed a defender, danced along the sideline, and dragged a would-be tackler to the pylon at the end of a 24-yard run to extend the Utes' lead to 21-7 early in the second quarter.

Atticus Sappington made three field goals - two from 26 and one from 31 yards out - to help Oregon State trim the deficit to 21-16 early in the third quarter.

The Beavers never drew closer after ending a pair of second-half drives with end-zone interceptions.

"We can't turn it over," Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said. "Again, I think we've got guys that can help us score points. We just got to do a better job of it."


Oregon State: The Beavers experienced some early success running the ball against Utah's defense. Oregon State tallied 130 rushing yards by halftime while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Utah: The Utes have forced a turnover in seven consecutive games. Utah scored its first 14 points off two takeaways, providing a cushion against a sluggish offense that went 3-and-out on four of the team's first seven drives.


Rising finished as Utah's leading rusher after averaging 10.4 yards per carry on only seven carries. Oregon State didn't account for his elusiveness when plays broke down and the junior quarterback made the Beavers pay.

His 73 yards were his second highest total of the season - trailing only the 91 yards he gained in the season opener against Florida.

"I think a lot of people don't really look at me as a runner," Rising said. "Any chance I get, I like to take advantage of it."


Utah forced a turnover on its opponent's opening drive for the second time this season. The Utes have not allowed an opponent to score on their opening drive in all five games so far.

Scoring Summary
First Quarter OreStUtah
Utah TD 13:03 Jaylen Dixon 19 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 0 7
OreSt TD 9:36 Silas Bolden 29 yd run (Atticus Sappington kick) 7 7
Utah TD 7:21 Clark Phillips III 38 yd interception return (Jordan Noyes kick) 7 14
Second Quarter OreStUtah
Utah TD 14:13 Cameron Rising 24 yd run (Jordan Noyes kick) 7 21
OreSt FG 9:38 Atticus Sappington 26 yd FG 10 21
OreSt FG 0:37 Atticus Sappington 26 yd FG 13 21
Third Quarter OreStUtah
OreSt FG 9:46 Atticus Sappington 31 yd FG 16 21
Utah TD 6:18 Devaughn Vele 16 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 16 28
Utah TD 1:57 Jaylen Dixon 22 yd run (Jordan Noyes kick) 16 35
Fourth Quarter OreStUtah
Utah TD 12:38 Dalton Kincaid 4 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes kick) 16 42
Team Stats
  Oregon State Utah
First downs 22 20
  Rushing 9 10
  Passing 12 9
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 37-171 31-162
Passing Yards 246 199
Return Yards 88 127
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-30-4 19-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 1 5
Punts-Average 48 37.2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-37 4-56
Time of Possession 31:15 28:45
Oregon State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Gulbranson 12 21 177 0 2
T. Lindsey 1 1 27 0 0
C. Nolan 2 7 26 0 2
J. Colletto 1 1 16 0 0
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 19 25 199 3 0
Oregon State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Fenwick 10 44 4.4 0
J. Griffin 8 42 5.3 0
S. Bolden 1 29 29.0 1
D. Martinez 10 23 2.3 0
C. Nolan 3 23 7.7 0
J. Irish 2 6 3.0 0
B. Gulbranson 1 5 5.0 0
J. Colletto 1 0 0.0 0
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rising 7 73 10.4 1
J. Dixon 1 22 22.0 1
M. Bernard 6 19 3.2 0
J. Glover 6 18 3.0 0
T. Thomas 6 13 2.2 0
B. Barnes 1 12 12.0 0
J. Jackson 4 5 1.3 0
Oregon State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harrison 5 96 19.2 0
A. Gould 5 79 15.8 0
B. Gulbranson 1 27 27.0 0
T. Lindsey 2 20 10.0 0
S. Bolden 2 19 9.5 0
D. Martinez 1 5 5.0 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Vele 7 94 13.4 1
M. Bernard 3 37 12.3 0
J. Dixon 1 19 19.0 1
D. Kincaid 3 17 5.7 1
M. McClain 1 12 12.0 0
L. Kendall 1 8 8.0 0
M. Parks 2 7 3.5 0
T. Yassmin 1 5 5.0 0
Oregon State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Phillips III 3 57
R. Hubert 1 70
Oregon State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Loecher 1 48 48.0
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bouwmeester 4 151 37.8
C. Rising 1 35 35.0
Oregon State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Gould 1 0 0
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Bolden 4 88 22.0
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon State Missed FG
Player Length
Utah Missed FG
Player Length