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Top performers: Utah vs Pittsburgh

Top performers: Utah vs Pittsburgh

By Clint Durfey, Contributor | Posted - Oct. 15, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.

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PITTSBURGH - Utah edged out Pittsburgh in a defensive battle providing Utah with a much need win. Both teams looked sluggish on the offensive side of the ball. Pitt's only scores came off of special team plays while Utah punched in four field goals, one offensive touchdown and a pick six to gain a 26-14 victory.

Here is a look at some of the games top performers:

John White

John White had a break out game. White was only one yard shy of his career high. White stole the spotlight from Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham. Graham only rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries, while White ran for 174 yards on 35 carries. The Utah offensive line definitely assisted it the success for the Utah rushing game. They provided big holes and dominating in the trenches providing White with the opportunity to grab big yards. At the end of the game White averaged 4.97 yards per carry.

Buddy Jackson

Buddy Jackson stood out as Pittsburgh special team all star. Jackson got the first touchdown of the game as he bounced of Utah special team players and ran 98-yards to get into the end zone. Latter in the game Jackson delivered a monster hit as Pittsburgh punted to Utah, he assured that there would be no return on the play.

Coleman Petersen

Pittsburgh plays in Heinz Field, (the Steelers Stadium) which is, know for its adverse weather and swirling winds. At the opening kick-off wind speeds were clocked at 40 miles an hour. The offensive struggled to convert in the redzone and Colman Peterson was called on several times through out the game. Petersen went 4-4 providing the Utes' with a much-needed 12 points. Petersen knocked in a 45-yard field goal and a 39-yard field goal in a stadium that has given great NFL kickers trouble in the past.

Brian Blechen

Brian Blechen once again made his presence known it this week's game. Blechen was a key piece in the dominating Ute defenses. The Utah defense did not allow the Pittsburgh offensive to score in the game. They also held one of the nation's best running backs, Graham, to 46 yards, a season low. The defense also delivered six sacks.

The game was slow and tedious and filled with mistakes on both side of the ball, but in the end Utah walked away with a much needed win putting the Utes' at 3-3 for the season with the 26-14 victory over Pittsburgh.

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