NCAAF Game Recap - Utah at Washington
Sat Nov 2, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Utah 33, Washington 28

Nov 2, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(9) Utah (8-1)

0

13

6

14

33

Washington (5-4)

7

7

7

7

28

No. 9 Utah keeps rolling, rallies past Washington 33-28
Sat Nov 2, 2019 9:01 PM

SEATTLE (AP) The past month looked, and felt, so easy for No. 9 Utah. One blowout after another. No tests for the Utes to answer.

They knew traveling to Washington would be different, and they were right. The Utes were challenged; falling behind early and rallying late, and in doing so solidified their spot in the College Football Playoff conversation.

Tyler Huntley threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Jaylon Johnson returned an interception 39 yards for a score, and No. 9 Utah overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Washington 33-28. The Utes did their part in keeping pace in the Pac-12 South race and bolstered their CFP resume with a road win over a talented opponent in a place where it's never come easy for Utah.

"It says a lot. We've had a lot of games, the last three games or whatever it's been by putting up 40 points and our defense looking impeccable," Utah running back Zack Moss said. "When we can do this and come on the road and win a game like this and doing it the way we did, that's what championship teams do and that's what we've been missing the last couple of years."

The Utes (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) picked up just their second all-time win over the Huskies - oddly enough both coming in Seattle - leaning on a defense that forced Washington quarterback Jacob Eason into three turnovers and got just enough offense from Huntley and friends to rally from an early 14-3 hole.

Huntley hit Moss on a 9-yard TD late in the first half and added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give Utah its first lead, 26-21. Huntley's TD run capped a drive that featured a key third-and-12 conversion where Huntley was able to hit Jaylen Dixon for a 41-yard completion.

That was the appetizer before Huntley's brilliant fourth quarter. Huntley added a pair of key third-down conversions on Utah's final scoring drive, hitting Solomon Enis for 14 yards and Samson Nacua for 28 yards. Moss finished the 84-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run with 4:52 left and capped a 30-7 scoring blitz from the Utes.

Huntley finished 19 of 24 for 284 yards. He was sacked four times - Utah had allowed just seven all season - but all came in the first half and the Utes were able to protect Huntley much better as the game progressed. He was 5 of 6 for 96 yards in the fourth quarter.

Moss finished with 100 yards on 27 carries.

"It's up there for me," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I'd have to go back and look at them but it's up there. It's very, very satisfying, especially under the circumstances."

Washington (5-4, 2-4) dropped its second straight after losing to Oregon two weeks ago and lost for the third time at home this season. Eason was 29 of 52 for 316 yards and four touchdowns. He had a nearly perfect beginning before a pair of critical mistakes in the third quarter.

"They controlled the clock. That's their game. They did it better than us," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "Those turnovers hurt, hurt bad."

Eason threw an 11-yard TD to Jordin Chin on Washington's first possession, and despite a fumble leading to a Utah field goal early in the second quarter, Eason's 34-yard TD pass to Hunter Bryant gave the Huskies a 14-3 advantage.

But it got significantly more difficult for Eason from there. Leading 14-13, Eason foolishly threw into triple coverage on the first drive of the second half and was intercepted by Julian Blackmon at the Utah 8. Eason rebounded with a 40-yard TD to Bryant, but his next major mistake came later in the quarter when Utah brought a blitz. Eason made a carless throw that was an easier catch for Johnson than intended target Aaron Fuller, and the interception return pulled the Utes within 21-19.

"I knew by the way he aligned and his tendency to run an out route. I just took a chance on it and made the play," Johnson said.

Eason threw a 3-yard TD to Fuller with 1:01 left to pull within five, but Utah recovered the onside kick and ran the clock. Eason was 17 of 35 in the second half, and the Huskies had a series of dropped passes to go along with the turnovers.

"Just got to play four quarters," Eason said. "I don't know. I don't know what the problem is right now. We've got to fix it."

POLL POSITION

With Florida's loss, expect Utah to move up a little in the AP Top 25. The big question will be where the Utes fall in the first CFP poll that comes out this week.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes entered the week with the best run defense in the country, giving up just 56 yards per game. The Huskies finished with 53 yards rushing, most of it coming in the first half.

Washington: Petersen's streak of being unbeaten coming off an open date came to an end. In his career at Boise State and Washington, Petersen's teams had been 18-0 when coming off an open date.

INJURIES

Washington's thin wide receiver corps took another hit when promising freshman WR Puka Nacua did not play due to a broken foot suffered in practice. Nacua underwent surgery and Petersen said is expected to be out at least four or five weeks. The Huskies were also without Chico McClatcher, who was hurt late in their last game.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes have an open date before hosting UCLA.

Washington: The Huskies have a short week, traveling to Oregon State on Friday.

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Passing

Utah Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Huntley 24 19 79.2 1 284 41 0 129.9
Wash Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Eason 52 29 55.8 4 316 40 2 83.5

Rushing

Utah Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Moss 27 100 3.7 18 1
J. Wilmore 2 10 5.0 14 0
Wash Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Ahmed 14 50 3.6 10 0
T. Bynum 1 9 9.0 9 0

Receiving

Utah Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Dixon 2 72 36.0 41 0
B. Thompson 2 60 30.0 41 0
Wash Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Bryant 6 105 17.5 40 2
T. Bynum 7 68 9.7 16 0

Fumbles

Wash F FL
J. Eason 1 1
T. Bynum 1 0

Returning

Utah KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Vickers 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
D. Simpkins 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
Wash KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Ahmed 2 19.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
A. Fuller 0 - 0 0 1 2.0 0 2

Punting

Utah Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Lennon 4 165 41.3 46
Wash Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Whitford 3 134 44.7 52
R. Porter 1 58 58.0 58

Takeaways

Utah Int Yds InTD
J. Blackmon 1 0 0
J. Johnson 1 39 1

Team Stats Comparison

Utah Wash
Points For 33 28
Total Yards 399 369
Rushing Yards 115 53
Passing Yards 284 316
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/24 29/52
Turnovers 2 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 2/1
First Downs 19 21
Penalties - Yards 3/15 6/25
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/16 6/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 4/5
Punts - Average Yards 4/41 4/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Utah Wash
Wash 7:24 TD Jordan Chin 11 yd pass from Jacob Eason (Peyton Henry kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Utah Wash
Utah 0:04 FG Jadon Redding 31 yd FG 3 7
Wash 2:41 TD Hunter Bryant 34 yd pass from Jacob Eason (Peyton Henry kick) 3 14
Utah 12:14 TD Zack Moss 9 yd pass from Tyler Huntley (Jadon Redding kick) 10 14
Utah 15:00 FG Jadon Redding 32 yd FG 13 14
3rd Quarter Utah Wash
Wash 6:45 TD Hunter Bryant 40 yd pass from Jacob Eason (Peyton Henry kick) 13 21
Utah 11:54 TD Jaylon Johnson 39 yd interception return (failed 2pt pass) 19 21
4th Quarter Utah Wash
Utah 3:37 TD Tyler Huntley 1 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 26 21
Utah 10:08 TD Zack Moss 2 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 33 21
Wash 13:59 TD Aaron Fuller 3 yd pass from Jacob Eason (Peyton Henry kick) 33 28

Game Information

Stadium: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 69,270
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