Cody Barton’s phrases hardly ever appear foolish now.
After the Utah offense struggled via a 21-7 loss to Washington in a Pac-12 opener, the senior linebacker centered a rematch in the conference championship game. “I’m confident that we’ll meet them again,” Barton stated.
It may just occur. Or perhaps the opponent will probably be Washington State, any other present Top 25 crew that the Utes believed they must have overwhelmed in September. What’s transparent is a 41-28 victory over USC created a wide variety of chances for the Utes, with this ensure: Wins in their 4 ultimate Pac-12 contests will ship them to the identify contest Nov. 30 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The resurgent Utes (Five-2, Three-2) crushed USC in the heart portion of Saturday’s game and tied the Trojans for first position in the Pac-12 South. Owning the tiebreaker, the Utes simply have to fit USC’s ultimate efficiency. Other variables are in play, together with Arizona State’s dealing with each and every co-leader in the subsequent two weeks.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Ute trainer Kyle Whittingham stated. “That’s Pac-12 football at its finest. It’s a shame, because we all cannibalize each other, and odds are that probably no one’s going to get to the [College Football Playoff]. But that’s not the point right now.”
Not with the Rose Bowl as a pleasant comfort prize for the convention champion.
• Utah’s coordinators did exceptional paintings. The Utes have been controlling the game by means of halftime after rallying to take a 20-14 lead, and so they simply were given higher. USC’s training body of workers had no solutions in the 3rd quarter as the Utes posted 180 yards to the Trojans’ 22 and moved forward 34-14.
Troy Taylor’s offense completed with 541 yards, and the range definitely inspired dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels, making an reliable discuss with to Utah.
Defensively, Morgan Scalley’s use of conservative two-deep zone protection shocked the Trojans, who love to throw deep, and his workforce held USC to 121 yards via 3 quarters.
UTAH AT UCLA
When • Friday, eight:30 p.m. MDT
TV • ESPN
• Zack Moss remained continual. In an extended stretch of the first part, Moss netted 12 yards on 11 carries. But he stored coming, gaining 107 yards on his final 13 runs and completing with 136. Moss has 753 yards this season and must be keen to face a UCLA protection that allowed 289 speeding yards to Arizona.
• The Utes must take a just right have a look at the Rose Bowl on Friday. A go back to the iconic stadium on New Year’s Day is in play. ESPN’s Football Power Index favors Utah in each and every ultimate regular-season game.
Quarterback Tyler Huntley. This has been relatively a month for Huntley, who final season was once injured in opposition to Arizona and neglected Utah’s losses to Stanford and USC. He’s overwhelmed all 3 groups decisively in October, finishing 53 of 69 passes (.768) for 741 yards and 7 touchdowns, with one interception. Huntley accounted for 374 overall yards and 5 touchdowns together with his passing and operating vs. USC. He was once sacked 5 instances and misplaced a fumble that resulted in a USC landing, however he regularly dodged the rush and threw the ball correctly to an progressed workforce of receivers and tight ends.
Asked what is in the back of his quarterback’s good fortune, receiver Britain Covey stated, “Confidence in himself, and the coaches are doing a great job at putting him in comfortable situations. I would love to play quarterback under coach Taylor, because he’s so positive, and Tyler doesn’t play not to make a mistake.”
Runner-up: Chase Hansen. The senior linebacker made 3 tackles for loss on operating performs and was once superb in beneath protection, making his 2d interception of the season.
Covey’s 46-yard catch and run for his first landing of the 12 months. The rating adopted his 38-yard kickoff go back, with Utah trailing 14-Zero. He bounced off a defender after the reception and broke any other take on on his method to the finish zone, giving his crew hope after a disastrous get started.
Runner-up: Huntley’s laser to Demari Simpkins for an 11-yard TD in the 3rd quarter, finishing an extended power to make it 34-14.
Whittingham made any other 12-hour party decree Saturday, with the Utes enjoying on a Friday for the 2d time in 3 weeks. UCLA (2-Five, 2-2) is no longer out of the South race, having overwhelmed California and Arizona after an Zero-Five get started underneath trainer Chip Kelly. The Bruins preserved a 31-30 win over Arizona by means of the use of six-plus mins on a game-ending power.