6 takeaways from the weekend in college football

Michigan State’s Michael Dowell, left, Kalon Gervin, center, and Tre Person, right, celebrate Gervin’s fumble recovery for a touchdown at the conclusion of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. | Al Goldis, AP

Don’t look now, but another weekend of college football has come and gone.

With Week 13 officially in the books, only three weeks of football remain before the postseason and that includes the week of Dec. 19, which will be filled with conference championship games.

Before the title games and the bowls arrive, though, there is still football to be played and analyzed.

Here are six takeaways from Week 13’s Utah and Utah State games, Pac-12 action and more:

Ted S. Warren, AP
Utah wide receiver Bryan Thompson (1) celebrates with quarterback Jake Bentley, right, and wide receiver Solomon Enis after Thompson scored a touchdown against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Seattle. Top-notch recruiting pays immediate dividends for the Utes, just not enough

Twenty-ninth. That is where Utah’s 2020 recruiting class ranked nationally when the recruiting cycle was all said and done in February.

Even back then, there was an expectation that the players that made up that high-profile class would be relied upon heavily this season, and through two games those expectations do not appear misplaced.

Yes, Utah lost to Washington on Saturday night, in devastating fashion no less. The Utes were outscored 24-0 in the second half, after leading 21-0 at the half. It was a collapse in every sense of the word, but Utah’s latest recruiting class showed its worth.

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Here are the numbers:

Safety Nate Ritchie — 7 tackles, second on the team behind linebacker Devin Lloyd.
Running back Ty Jordan — A team-high 10 carries for 97 yards, including a long run of 46 yards.
Running back Micah Bernard — 3 carries for 13 yards.
Linebacker Sione Fotu — 3 tackles
Defensive back Clark Phillips III — 4 tackles
Cornerback Faybian Marks — 2 tackles, a pass breakup and an interception
Defensive end Van Fillinger — 1 tackle
Safety Kamo’i Latu — 1 tackle

Of the 24 Utes who recorded some kind of statistic against the Huskies, eight were true freshmen.

It wasn’t all great, of course. Jordan had a costly fumble, there were missed tackles in the secondary and in reality, no Ute truly played well in the second half. Still, Utah’s youngsters are already making an impact and considering how well Utah’s 2021 recruiting class is shaping up to be, the Utes might actually be entering ‘reload, rather than rebuild’ territory as a program.

Yukai Peng, Deseret News
Utah State Aggies quarterback Andrew Peasley (6) carries the ball against New Mexico Lobos linebacker Devin Sanders (19) and linebacker Brandon Shook (46) during an NCAA football game at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.

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