Another slow start. Another deficit. Another Utah victory. Behind Troy Williams finally finding a groove against an awful Arizona State defense, Raelon Singleton reeling in three touchdowns, and 11 sacks from the defense, the Utes overcame a 13-0 deficit to overwhelm the Sun Devils in Tempe by a score of 49-26.
Williams was excellent over the final three quarters, getting comfortable after finding Singleton with a beautiful catch and run for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Other great throws to Siaosi Wilson and another one to Singleton show the ability of Williams, and also gives him to confidence in throwing to guys other than just Tim Patrick and Cory Butler-Byrd, both of whom had solid days.
Joe Williams continued to do Joe Williams things with 181 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns. He's now over 860 yards in his las four contests and is making a case for 1st team all Pac 12 at the running back spot. Just an amazing story.
For Utah to get a balanced attack on the offensive side of the ball has to give them a lot of confidence going forward. This may allow the Utes and Aaron Roderick to open things up a bit and be more balanced in the final two games of the season. Now, if they'll only go under center in 4th and short, things will get even better.
Have a game Hunter Dimick. Have yourself a big game game. Dimick set a Utah single game record and tied the school career in the win with 5 sacks on the night and 27 over his 4 years. It wasn't just Dimick though as the Utes tallied 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. Those 11 sacks are the most by one team in a single game in the country this season, beating the total of......Utah, with 10 against San Jose State. It was a vintage Utah defensive performance with the ASU backfield under pressure all night long. Outside of the tackling issues at times that turned into big plays, many of those from Cody Barton and his disinterest in trying to disengage from a blocker, or over-pursuit from the defensive line, it was a pretty good performance overall. Blue ribbons for Chase Hansen, Marcus Williams, Reggie Porter, and Pasoni Tasini.
So it's another week of inconsistent play, Utah figuring it out, executing, and eventually putting away an inferior opponent. On to Oregon next week where we should probably expect the same thing, which results in a win.