Sunday Morning Quarterback: Utah Suffers First Loss of the Season; Utes' Running Game Is Improving; Troy Williams Struggles in Crunch Time

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Sunday Morning Quarterback: Utah Suffers First Loss of the Season; Utes' Running Game Is Improving; Troy Williams Struggles in Crunch Time


Jr, Pete Holland, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


Despite a defensive ballgame from both team, Utah came up short in a 23-20 loss to Stanford on homecoming night.

Scoring recap

Stanford got on the board first after place-kicker Jet Toner hit a 21-yard field goal to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead.

Six minutes into the first quarter, the Utes found the end zone for a touchdown after a 2-yard run by running back Zack Moss. It gave the Utes their first and only lead of the night.

Stanford regained the lead after quarterback Keller Chryst scrambled 7 yards for the Cardinal’s first rushing touchdown of the night.

Throughout the second and third quarters, both teams took turns kicking field goals after defensive stops. Matt Gay for the Utes tied the ballgame after nailing a 30-yarder late in the second. Toner struck back with a 46-yarder to regain the lead (13-10) with only six seconds left before halftime. Toner then hit a 29-yard field goal to put the game at 16-10 early in the third. After going three-and-out, Gay hit another 30-yard field goal to make it a 3-point game again.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter, Cardinal star running back Bryce Love burst into the end zone with a 68-yard run for a touchdown for a 23-13 lead. With time running out, Utah scored late in the fourth with 44 seconds left after quarterback Troy Williams found wide receiver Darren Carrington II on an 18-yard pass. The Utes were back, trailing by three (23-20). The Utes attempted an onside kick to regain possession, but failed to recover the football. Stanford then did a victory formation to end the ballgame, giving the Utes their first loss of the season.

Three stars

Darren Carrington

Carrington was Williams’ safety blanket at wide receiver, leading the team with seven catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came at the last-minute in the fourth to keep it a close game and a chance for the Utes to either tie or go for the win.

Zach Moss/Devonta'e Henry-Cole

The running game for the Utes was solid throughout the game. Both Moss and Henry-Cole rushed for a combined 134 yards and one touchdown. Henry-Cole averaged 7. …

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