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Top performers: Utah vs. UCLA

Top performers: Utah vs. UCLA

By Clinton Durfey, Contributor | Posted - Nov. 12, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes got another Pac-12 victory on the snow-covered field of Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday with a 31-6 victory over UCLA. At 6-4, the Utes are bowl eligible.

John White

John White had another huge game. He was responsible for the Utes’ first three touchdowns. He made huge runs and allowed the rest of the offense to succeed. In the second half quarterback Jon Hayes found White in the end zone. Hayes threw a wonderful pass, but White’s catch was outstanding. White continues to stand out as a dominant player and the key to the Utes' offensive success. White finished the game with 33 carries for 167 yards and a 13-yard touchdown reception.

Jonathan Franklin UCLA running back

Jonathan Franklin was one of UCLA’s players who stood out. Franklin averaged five yards a carry. He was able to get some good yards but only field goals came from his success. Franklin finished the game with 17 carries for 89 yards.

Utah offensive line

Much of White's success can be credited to the offensive line. A large portion of the battle took place in the trenches. The line preformed its task effectively and helped White pick up big yards. The line provided huge holes and pushed White forward to pick up first downs.

Conroy Black

Black had two interceptions both coming at critical times in the game. Black's first interception came in the third quarter right after Utah went up 21-3. UCLA was looking to answer back and Black jumped into a passing lane and took away all of the Bruins momentum. In the fourth quarter UCLA had just scored a field goal then got a big defensive stop. It looked like UCLA may be able to put together another drive and make a game of it again. Black once again took away all the momentum by jumping another route and ran in for a Utah touchdown.

Utah defensive line

The entire defensive deserves credit for slowing down and holding UCLA. The front four did a great job of putting pressure on UCLA quarterback, Kevin Prince. The line did not allow the running game to get established either. It was a great game for the Utes’ and the win made the Utes bowl eligible.

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