GAMEDAY College Football

Utah 35, San Diego State 7

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

By JOHN COON
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Cam Rising threw for 224 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in three quarters to help No. 14 Utah rout San Diego State 35-7.

Rising is the first Utah quarterback since 2017 to pass for 200 or more yards in the first three games of the season. The Utes (2-1) forced a pair of turnovers and scored touchdowns following both takeaways.

San Diego State (1-2) lost starting quarterback Braxton Burmeister to an injury in the first quarter and never got on track offensively. The Aztecs failed to convert a third down until midway through the third quarter and did not surpass 100 total yards of offense until the final minute of the quarter.

Third-string quarterback Kyle Crum directed San Diego State for most of the final three quarters. He threw for 53 yards and touchdown and also had an interception.

Utah roared to life on offense in the second quarter.

Rising threw touchdown passes on three consecutive drives to help the Utes take a 21-0 halftime lead. He got Utah on the board with a 30-yard strike to Brant Kuithe. His second touchdown pass was a 13-yard toss to Solomon Enis in the back of the end zone. Rising capped it off with a 15-yard pass to Devaughn Vele with 20 seconds left in the half.

Rising ended up completing 10 of 12 passes for 123 yards in the second quarter alone.

Caine Savage recovered a fumble by Justus Tavai at the Aztecs 27 to set up Utah's third touchdown before halftime.

The Utes eventually scored touchdowns on five straight drives, culminating in Rising's fourth touchdown pass - a 3-yard toss to Vele - that gave Utah a 35-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

San Diego State: The Aztecs cycled through three quarterbacks in the first half, complicating their efforts to generate offensive momentum when the game was still within reach. San Diego State totaled 43 yards and one first down before halftime.

Utah For the second consecutive week, the Utes struggled to move the chains in the first quarter before breaking a close game open. Utah totaled 260 yards and 15 first downs by halftime. But the Utes were held to 89 yards in the first quarter and averaged only 4.0 yards per play before generating 7.1 yards per play in the second quarter.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter SDSUUtah
Utah TD 8:59 Brant Kuithe 30 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 7
Utah TD 2:07 Solomon Enis 13 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 14
Utah TD 0:20 Devaughn Vele 15 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 21
Third Quarter SDSUUtah
Utah TD 11:31 Tavion Thomas 18 yard TD run (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 28
Utah TD 7:34 Devaughn Vele 3 yard TD pass from Cameron Rising (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 0 35
Fourth Quarter SDSUUtah
SDSU TD 3:56 Josh Nicholson 18 yard TD pass from Kyle Crum (Jack Browning Extra Point) 7 35
Team Stats
  San Diego State Utah
First downs 10 22
  Rushing 4 11
  Passing 3 10
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-15, 13% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 35-122 38-174
Passing Yards 51 224
Return Yards 53 84
Completions-Attempts-Int 6-20-1 18-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-9 2-23
Punts 8 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-64 6-57
San Diego State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Crum 4 15 44 1 1
B. Burmeister 1 4 6 0 0
W. Haskell 1 1 1 0 0
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 18 30 224 4 0
San Diego State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Armstead 5 31 6.2 0
J. Byrd 6 29 4.8 0
K. Crum 8 20 2.5 0
C. Davis 6 19 3.2 0
M. Blake 3 10 3.3 0
K. Christon 5 8 1.6 0
B. Burmeister 2 5 2.5 0
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Thomas 16 59 3.7 1
M. Bernard 5 44 8.8 0
J. Glover 9 34 3.8 0
J. Dixon 1 22 22.0 0
C. Curry 1 8 8.0 0
C. Rising 5 4 0.8 0
B. Barnes 1 3 3.0 0
San Diego State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Nicholson 2 23 11.5 1
J. Matthews 1 15 15.0 0
T. Shavers 1 6 6.0 0
B. Penny 1 6 6.0 0
C. Davis 1 1 1.0 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Kuithe 5 64 12.8 1
D. Kincaid 3 38 12.7 0
D. Vele 3 38 12.7 2
S. Enis 3 35 11.7 1
M. Bernard 2 33 16.5 0
J. Dixon 1 13 13.0 0
T. Thomas 1 3 3.0 0
San Diego State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Reid 1 13
San Diego State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Browning 8 370 46.3
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bouwmeester 5 191 38.2
San Diego State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Byrd 1 7 7.0
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Vele 5 60 12.0
T. Gilmore 1 11 11.0
M. Mataele 1 0 0
San Diego State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Tavai 1 7 7.0
B. Penny 1 16 16.0
J. Byrd 1 23 23.0
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
San Diego State Missed FG
Player Length
Utah Missed FG
Player Length




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