GAMEDAY College Football

Utah 73, Southern Utah 7

By MATTHEW COLES
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Cameron Rising threw for 254 yards in the first half, Dalton Kincaid had 107 yards receiving and two touchdowns and No. 13 Utah routed Southern Utah 73-7.

Coming off an opening loss last week at Florida, Utah scored on nine consecutive drives, including eight touchdowns, over the final three quarters against the FCS Thunderbirds (1-1). The Utes had 599 yards of total offense.

As six-touchdown underdogs, the Thunderbirds weren't afraid of taking some risks. They started the game with an unsuccessful onside kick that led to a 13-yard touchdown run by Tavion Thomas.

Southern Utah got a break when Thomas fumbled later in the first quarter and Rodrick Ward recovered. On the next play, Grady Robison tied it at 7 on a quarterback draw that went for 28 yards. Utah didn't allow any gains of 10 yards or more the rest of the game.

Thomas scored on another touchdown run early in the second quarter. Utah then turned a fourth-down stop of the plucky Thunderbirds into a field goal and a diving interception by Junior Tafuna into Chris Curry's TD run.

Rising unleashed more of Utah's vertical passing game, which was absent against Florida, and capped the first half with three touchdown passes to the Utes' prolific tight ends - two to Kincaid and one to Brant Kuithe. Utah gained 250 yards of offense in the second quarter.

On the first possession of the second half, R.J. Hubert took an interception 39 yards for a touchdown. With the huge lead, most of Utah's stars watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

The Ute defense held the Thunderbirds to 85 total yards despite scoring quickly throughout the game. The blowout marked Utah's highest-scoring game since beating UTEP 82-6 in 1973.

THE TAKEAWAY

Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds were overmatched at every position but had a nice moment when they tied it in the first quarter. After two seasons with only two wins, the Thunderbirds are rebuilding and were helpless to stop the Utes once they got rolling.

Utah: Despite a turnover, nine penalties and some missed assignments, almost everything the Utes tried was successful in spades. The starters were able to rest and some of backups had a chance to show their talents in front of a sun-drenched home crowd.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Utah tumbled out of the top 10 after the Florida loss, but should maintain its position.

COMING HOME

Longtime NFL players Eric Weddell and Chris Kemoeatu were honored as part of this year's University of Utah Athletics Hall of Fame class.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SoUtUtah
Utah TD 10:33 Tavion Thomas 13 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 7
SoUt TD 2:22 Grady Robison 28 yard TD run (Micah Pettit Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter SoUtUtah
Utah TD 14:38 Tavion Thomas 7 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 14
Utah TD 13:27 Chris Curry 12 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 21
Utah FG 8:34 Jordan Noyes 26 yard field goal 7 24
Utah TD 4:13 Brant Kuithe 2 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 31
Utah TD 1:08 Dalton Kincaid 37 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 38
Utah TD 0:12 Dalton Kincaid 6 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 45
Third Quarter SoUtUtah
Utah TD 13:53 R.J. Hubert 39 yard interception return for TD (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 52
Utah TD 7:49 Jaylon Glover 4 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 59
Fourth Quarter SoUtUtah
Utah TD 14:18 Thomas Yassmin 29 yard TD pass from Bryson Barnes (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 66
Utah TD 10:54 Jaylon Glover 29 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 73
Team Stats
  Southern Utah Utah
First downs 6 32
  Rushing 1 14
  Passing 2 15
  Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Efficiency 1-12, 8% 5-10, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 21-43 42-247
Passing Yards 42 352
Return Yards 74 145
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-23-2 23-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-11 1-5
Punts 10 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 9-103 9-75
Southern Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Miller 11 21 42 0 2
G. Robison 0 2 0 0 0
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 17 23 254 3 0
B. Barnes 6 6 98 1 0
Southern Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Robison 2 27 13.5 1
E. Burns 4 7 1.8 0
J. Perkins 3 6 2.0 0
B. Wissler 2 4 2.0 0
J. Davis 4 4 1.0 0
J. Berry 2 2 1.0 0
B. Cole 1 1 1.0 0
M. Binkowski 2 -1 -0.5 0
J. Miller 1 -7 -7.0 0
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Curry 6 60 10.0 1
J. Glover 9 53 5.9 2
T. Thomas 11 48 4.4 2
M. Bernard 3 41 13.7 0
J. Jackson 2 29 14.5 0
C. Vincent 4 15 3.8 0
B. Barnes 1 5 5.0 0
M. Parks 1 4 4.0 0
T. Gilmore 2 0 0.0 0
C. Rising 1 -5 -5.0 0
Southern Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Ta'ase 3 20 6.7 0
T. Patrick 3 9 3.0 0
B. Hutchings 3 8 2.7 0
E. Burns 1 3 3.0 0
E. Bolingbroke 1 2 2.0 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Kincaid 7 107 15.3 2
M. Parks 3 71 23.7 0
D. Vele 2 38 19.0 0
M. Bernard 2 33 16.5 0
J. Dixon 3 29 9.7 0
T. Yassmin 1 29 29.0 1
B. Kuithe 3 22 7.3 1
T. Thomas 1 18 18.0 0
M. Cope 1 5 5.0 0
Southern Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Hubert 1 39
J. Tafuna 1 0
Southern Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Gerardi 7 334 47.7
E. Jones 3 150 50.0
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bouwmeester 2 80 40.0
Southern Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Bolingbroke 1 0 0
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Vele 5 44 8.8
J. Dixon 1 15 15.0
M. Parks 1 3 3.0
Southern Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Wooden 3 53 17.7
B. Wissler 1 21 21.0
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Bernard 1 44 44.0
Southern Utah Missed FG
Player Length
Utah Missed FG
Player Length




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