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Utah report card: Utes do more than enough to beat Pac-12 rival WSU

Utah report card: Utes do more than enough to beat Pac-12 rival WSU

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This is how Utah got its groove back.

Two conference games, and two huge victories for the Utes as they look to travel to Washington next Saturday to take on the Huskies, who are coming off an impressive victory of their own against California.

Utah defeated Washington State 49-6 at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday afternoon behind a good-enough performance by Travis Wilson, another breakout performance by the Wolfman himself, John White IV, and another 100-yard kickoff return by Reggie Dunn, his third in two games.

Here is how the rest of the Utes did Saturday:

Quarterback: A

Wilson had another efficient game, completing 81 percent of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and only one interception. Wilson threw an 18-yard touchdown screen pass to his running back, White IV. Wilson is now 2-2 this season when starting, and is now on a two-game winning streak.

Running Back: A

White is back, according to fans everywhere. White had 101 yards on 18 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. The Utes are now 11-0 when White rushes for 100 yards. He had 96 yards by halftime, and carried the ball just three times in the second half before being subbed out to avoid any injury in the blowout victory.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A

There were 14 different receivers in this game for Utah alone. White and Max Maola had the two receiving touchdowns for the Utes, but many others contributed to the 246 receiving yards Utah had. Sean Fitzgerald led the way with 50 yards on two carries. Anthony Denham also had three receptions for a total of 38 yards.

Offensive Line: B+

Although Wilson was able to throw for 171 yards, he was sacked three times for a loss of 10 yards. It isn't much, but remember: It was a tackle in the backfield that took Jordan Wynn out for the rest of his career. The Utes need to protect their quarterback as Wilson is the one they'll be turning to for years to come.

Offense: A+

Fourty-nine points is a pretty good number. The Utes are averaging 49 points in their last two games. They scored 49 against California and they scored 49 against Washington State. And here's an interesting one: The only field goal Washington State attempted was for 49 yards, and it missed.

Defensive Line: A+

The line was on top of the Washington State quarterback all night, sacking him six times for 38 yards. It also held the rushing game to minus-4 yards. Minus-4 yards. Washington State's offense was non-existent and that was due to Utah's defense showing up.

Linebackers/Secondary: A-

These guys intercepted the ball once in the whole game and were a big part of not allowing many rushing yards. But they allowed Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel to throw for 232 yards. Unfortunately for the Cougars, they couldn't finish their drives because Utah would not let them. Utah played well, but allowed too many passing yards for it to get a perfect grade.

Defense: A+

Six points the entire game and it came in the fourth quarter when most starters were already taken out. The defense definitely held its own, smothering the Washington State offense when it counted most; in the red zone. Utah held a 453-255 advantage in total yards at the end of the day.

Special Teams: A+

Another impressive showing for special teams this week as Coleman Petersen went 2-2 on field-goal attempts, one for 20 yards and another for 22 yards. Punter Sean Sellwood had two punts for 116 yards, including one that went for 62.

Utah will travel to Washington next week before hosting No. 22 Arizona on Nov. 17.

Alex Rivera is the assistant sports editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh.

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