No. 15 Utes Roll to Victory in Corvallis


University of Utah senior linebacker Francis Bernard (13) celebrates after tackling Washington State Cougars running back during an NCAA Football game at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

It was all Utes as the No. 15 University of Utah football team (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) marched into Corvallis and manhandled Oregon State (2-3, 1-2 Pac-12) 52-7.

After center Orlando Umana was ejected for targeting on the Utes first drive of the game, senior Tyler Huntley threw a dart of a pass to Brant Kuithe for the first of many Utah scores in the game.

After the ensuing Oregon State punt, Zack Moss broke off a 91-yard rush that extended the Utes lead to 14. With that run as well as a few others, Moss is less than 100 yards from breaking the all time rushing record in school history. Moss only played 2 quarters and had his 14th 100-yard rushing game. He finished the game with 121 yards on 5 attempts and 2 TDs. His second touchdown came off a 6-yard rush in the second quarter. 

Once Moss turned his helmet in, it wasn’t the end of the Utah rush game. Both Devin Brumfield and Jordan Wilmore recorded their first touchdown as Utes in the victory. Brumfield scored first off a 1-yard rush in the third quarter and Wilmore scored on the following drive, rushing 7 yards and dragging a defender with him into the endzone.

Wilmore finished the game with 59 yards on 12 carries, while Brumfield rushed 10 times for just under 40 yards. TJ Green took reps for this game, rushing for 38 yards on nine carries. Devonta’e Henry-Cole also saw time in the game, rushing twice, but did not rush for positive yardage. 

The Utah air game was also on fire tonight as Huntley was 14-17 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including the first score to Kuthie. His other touchdown came on 4th and 7 in the first quarter as he connected with Samson Nacua on a 31-yard pass that was in the perfect spot for Nacua to bring down.

University of Utah senior quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) celebrates after running into the endzone for a touchdown during an NCAA Football game vs. Washington State at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

Huntley’s high school teammate Demari Simpkins was his favorite target on the night. Simpkins was just shy of breaking his career high receiving yards of 99 tonight. He had 97 yards on 4 receptions.

Things weren’t going Oregon State’s way in the first quarter as they missed two field goals that would have helped close the huge score that the Utes were piling up.

The Utah offense wasn’t the only group that was playing at a lights out level tonight. The Utah defense held OSU to only 217 total offensive yards.

Jaylon Johnson lead the team in tackles with 8, while Francis Bernard had 6 in the victory. Johnson also had 2 huge pass break ups in the game, as did Javelin Guidry. Devin Lloyd scored the defensive touchdown of the game off a 64-yard pick six, which ended OSU’s Jake Luton’s record of consistent passes without an interception. The Utah defense held the OSU run game to only 48 yards on the night. 

Jadon Redding was perfect on his kicks in the game. He kicked a career long of 42-yards with just under 10 minutes left to go in the game. He also was perfect on his PATs on the night.

Utah will have a showdown next week as they host southern foe Arizona State in a game that will surely have big implications for the south.


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