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Top performers: Utah vs. Montana State

Top performers: Utah vs. Montana State

By Clint Durfey, Contributor | Posted - Sep. 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utes started the season with a win over the Montana State Bobcats. Several Utes stood out as key players - John White, Brian Blechen and Coleman Petersen.

Running back John White carried the offense the majority of the game, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns. White shined, hitting the open holes and grabbing yards, all while averaging 7.9 yard per carry.

Linebacker Brian Blechen made two interceptions for the Utah defense. Blechen's first interception gave Utah great field possession, allowing Wynn to lead the Utes to their first touchdown of the season. Blechen's performance along with the rest of the defense was outstanding, and ultimately kept the Utes in control of the game.

Coleman Petersen clinched his role as the starter in the home opener as Utah's placekicker. Petersen stepped up and delivered when asked to perform. Petersen knocked down a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter, followed by a 44-yard field goal in the third.

Although some questions arose in the performance against the Bobcats, the Utes appear to have a kicker, a solid running game and tough defense. These weapons will propel them forward as they begin a new chapter in the Pac-12.

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