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Utah Utes football turning point: John White's 47-yard touchdown run started rout over Washingon State

Utah Utes football turning point: John White's 47-yard touchdown run started rout over Washingon State

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SALT LAKE CITY — Less than six minutes into the Utes' matchup with Washington State, John White broke a 47-yard touchdown run to put the first points on the board.

Utah went ahead 7-0 and never looked back, ultimately cruising to a 49-6 win.

"The message this week was just passion and energy. That's all it took today," White said. "We just went out there and just pounded."

White went on to rush for 101 yards on 18 carries and two other touchdowns, including a 2-yard run and an 18-yard catch-and-run.

"Back to back 100-yard games (for White)," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He put another one together today, and the record stays intact. When he runs for 100 yards, we win."

It was White's 11th career 100-yard outing, and Utah is 11-0 in those contests.

All of White's production came in just three quarters of play, as the Utes' 39-0 lead at the end of three quarters provided a cushion to give the backups some reps.

Karl Williams led those backups with seven carries for 37 yards, plowing over defenders on multiple runs. Williams took the bulk of the backup carries instead of the injured Kelvin York. Lucky Radley also ran for 19 yards and one score on four carries, as the Ute backfield totalled 205 yards on the ground.

Utah also got a big play from Anthony Denham, whose 24-yard catch on third-and-18 ignited the crowd and sideline after taking a helmet-dislodging hit from the defender and remaining on his feet.

Cornerback Reggie Topps picked off a Jeff Tuel pass early in the second quarter, returning it for 21 yards to further carry the Utah momentum.

And of course, wide receiver and return specialist Reggie Dunn pulled off another 100-yard kick return for a touchdown, putting the Utes ahead 39-0 to open the second half after a Jake Murphy 2-point conversion rush.

Dunn's fourth career 100-yard touchdown return sets an NCAA record for 100-yard touchdown returns by a single player.

The Utes will need to keep this momentum rolling to keep their bowl hopes alive. They'll undoubtedly hope to take it with them on the road to Seattle where they will face Washington next Saturday.

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