Not a lot of negative things you can point out in the Utah Utes 49-6 blowout win over the Washington State Cougars. I guess all observations have to be prefaced by the fact that WSU is awful. It appears this team has gotten worse since they opened the season against BYU as Mike Leach’s ship has finally sunk. With that said, Utah took care of business as they should and dominated this game. Here are three observations:
1. John White loves him some Cougars. Last year White ran for 185 yards last year against Washington State. This year he racked up 96 yards in the first half finishing with 101 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. In addition he turned a swing pass into a 18 yard touchdown late in the first half. That was an accomplishment considering he’s been dropping balls regularly thrown his way this season. Obviously you need to give some love to the offensive line as well for completely dominating the line of scrimmage. If this success of running the football continues the Utes very well have a chance to become bowl eligible.
2. The growth of Travis Wilson continues. In the first half Wilson led scoring drives of eight, 11, six and 10 plays. He showed the ability to check down to his third read and continued to improve his patience in the pocket in addition to his decision making on when to run the ball. He also exhibited his arm strength making big throws particularly in the middle of the field. This is something Jordan Wynn or Jon Hays could not do. Two examples were the completions he made on third and 19 for 24 yards to Anthony Denham and a 15 yard strike on second and 17 that led to John White’s first down run on third and two. Huge throws that kept drives alive that both led to touchdowns. His success however did lead to him getting comfortable and overconfident which was displayed in trying to squeeze a ball over the middle that led to an interception. That was his inexperience showing up but overall a great game for the freshman.
3. Playmakers keep shining on defense and special teams. Once again the Utes defensive line put consistent pressure on a quarterback. On the game they finished with six sacks, five in the dominant first half. Without Ryan Lacy the secondary was solid with Mo Lee playing one of his better games. After returning a fumble for a touchdown last week against Cal, Reggie Topps once again showed his playmaking skills with an interception and a sack. And what can you say about Reggie Dunn who set a school record with his third 100 yard kick return for a touchdown in two weeks? If he keeps this up he will find himself returning kick on Sundays. Overall it was another complete game for the Utes by all three units. Now it’s on to a much more difficult test on the road against Washington.