SALT LAKE CITY -- Each week, former Ute safety Steve Tate will break down Utah's latest performance on the football field. This week, Tate tackles the Ute's 35-17 win over Utah State:
"Well, a lot of things were answered here up on the Hill: Utah taking on Utah State. New offensive coordinator Dave Schramm coming in taking over for Andy Ludwig. New quarterback, JC transfer Terrance Cain came in, stepped up, played really well, conservative, threw the ball well.
"Some turnovers here and there, Utah needs to control that. That is what you see early on with these games starting off a new season.
"Obviously, next week more ball control. Matt Asiata will control the ball a little bit. For Terrance Cain, who played well in his first start, that will only help.
"We saw a star born: David Reed. Look for him to have a breakout year. No question this guy is an all-conference type player. There's no question, Cain is going to him directly.
"Defensively, same old Coach Whittingham: come at you, put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.
"They played well. Safeties did well, tackles did well. No penalties, which was big. Penalties weren't an issue, which they usually are in these openers.
"And that's my take up here on the Hill."