Utah 41, UCLA 10
What Happened: Zack Moss ran wild, taking off for 211 yards with three short rushing scores as Utah overcame an early 7-3 to blow past the Bruins. UCAL got a 25-yard touchdown run from Joshua Kelley in the first quarter, but that was it for the fun, only managing a JJ Molson field Goan in the third quarter the rest of the way.
What Mattered: Moss was fantastic. He ran 26 times for those 211 yards and three scores, taking the pressure off of Tyler Huntley, who completed 13-of-21 passes for 138 yards with a pick. The Utes as a team ran for 325 yards and four scores, taking control of the game after the first quarter.
– Wilton Speight struggled for the Bruins, completing 20-of-40 passes for 164 yards with two picks. He wasn’t under too much pressure, but the Utah defense put the clamps down on the passing game. There wasn’t much for the ground attack after the early Kelley run.
– Utah went Utah … it didn’t screw up. There was one pick thrown by Huntley, but the defense forced three takeaways, the offense owned the clock – helped by holding the ball for almost 34 minutes – and the running game took over.
Thoughts: The Utes keep on rolling, winning four straight to be the team in the South – for now. There’s still plenty of work to do with at Arizona State, Oregon, and Colorado to close the Pac-12 regular season before dealing with BYU. Beat the Sun Devils and Buffaloes, and go to the Pac-12 Championship for the first time.
– It’s okay … UCLA isn’t there yet. The lines struggled against a team that will probably play for the Pac-12 title. Now it has to go on the road to deal with Oregon and Arizona State before closing out with USC and Stanford. If the Bruins can win one of those, it’ll be great. Win two, and the excitement will build for 2019.