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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 24-14 win over San Jose State:"One of the biggest questions going into this game was: How will Utah respond after a tough loss against Oregon last week?
"Well, I think Utah showed no hangover this week against a tough Louisville team from the Big East. [They're] one of the most athletic teams Utah will see this season.
"You know, going into this game I think Utah was still trying to find their identity offensively and defensively. Offensively, I think they did a great job in turning [Terrance] Cain loose. That quarterback is athletic. Cain has the ability to make big plays with his feet, also with his arm. But when he runs that double option, what it does is it opens the passing game and gives guys like David Reed an opportunity to get the ball in the open field and make plays—as we saw with Jeremy Brooks today as well. It also takes pressure off, you know, Matt Asiata, Eddie Wide in the backfield.
"Defensively, Utah got back to the basics. They put pressure on the quarterback, like they've always done in years past. They controlled the gaps; linebackers filled the holes and safeties made tackles. And they also forced fumbles tonight.
"Going forward, this would be crucial as they play, you know, a tough schedule. They go into a by week, and you never want to enter this by week with a loss.
"And that's Tate's Take."