What happened and what mattered in the Utah 42-10 win over Arizona?
Utah 42, Arizona 10
For Utah, this was how it was all supposed to work.
The offense was supposed to start coming up with bigger plays, there was supposed to be more explosion, and the points were supposed to come in dynamic ways.
And that’s what happened as Tyler Huntley was turned loose, completing 14-of-19 passes for 201 yards and two scores with a pick, he ran for 64 yards and a touchdown, and he even caught a 58-yard touchdown pass on a trick play throw from Britain Covey.
For Arizona, this was now how any of this was supposed to work.
Khalil Tate was supposed to be one of the nation’s most dangerous playmakers, the offense was supposed to be amazing under Kevin Sumlin, and this was supposed to be when the program made a statement.
Instead, Tate was knocked out early with an ankle injury, the offense only managed a late touchdown when the game was well out of reach, and the running game averaged just 2.3 yards per carry.
Rhett Rodriguez stepped in and completed 20-of-38 passes for 226 yards and a score, but the O didn’t do anywhere early, the D couldn’t come up with a first half stop, and the game becomes all about the Utes right away.
And now it’s time to think big for the Utes. The two Pac-12 losses were to Washington and Washington State from the North. Beat USC at home next week, and …
It’s too early to dream about taking the South – there’s still a date with Oregon and three road games in four weeks – but if the O keeps playing like this, this might have been when Utah turned the corner.