In ‘breakout game’ Utah playmakers delivered. Can the pattern continue?

Utah tight end Brant Kuithe (80) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Britain Covey during game against USC.

Utah tight end Brant Kuithe (80) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Britain Covey during game against USC, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. | Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

The performance against the Trojans last Saturday included a balanced attack, nearly 500 yards of total offense, a lot of points and zero turnovers

It took five games, but Utah’s offense finally showed what can accomplish in a 42-26 win at USC last Saturday.

The performance included a balanced attack, nearly 500 yards of total offense, a lot of points and zero turnovers.

“You’re not going to lose many games doing that,” said coach Kyle Whittingham.

Since the season kicked off, the Utes have changed their starting quarterback, from Charlie Brewer to Cam Rising. Every week a different running back, it seems, steps up. And they’ve been looking for receivers to produce consistently.

But in Los Angeles, everything came together.

“It was a breakout game for our offense, and that was really the difference in the game — the way our offense played,” Whittingham said. “That’s what we’re capable of and it was good to see us play up to our potential.”

It didn’t happen immediately, but from late in the second quarter until midway through the third quarter, Utah’s offense looked downright prolific, scoring 28 unanswered points.

The Utes amassed a season-high 486 yards of offense and they were balanced yards — 306 through the air and 180 on the ground.

Now, Utah is hoping to build off that momentum Saturday (8 p.m., MDT, ESPN) when it hosts No. 18 Arizona State.

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Nine different receivers caught passes from Rising at USC — Britain Covey (five for 67 yards), Devaughn Vele (four for 84 yards and a 37-yard touchdown), Dalton Kincaid (three for 40 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown), Brant Kuithe (three for 29 yards, who also ran for a TD), Micah Bernard (three for 12 yards), Theo Howard (one for 42 yards), Money Parks (1 for 12 yards and his first career touchdown), T.J. Pledger (one for 10 yards) and Cole Fotheringham (one for 10 yards).

“It’s always fun when you’re able to spread the ball around and make sure everyone is included and getting touches and making sure we’re having fun out there, just playing football and doing what we’re supposed to do.” — Cam Rising

“It’s always fun when you’re able to spread the ball around and make sure everyone is included and getting touches and making sure we’re having fun out there, just playing football and doing what we’re supposed to do,” Rising said.

For Whittingham, it was gratifying to watch the offense play at an optimal level.

“It’s very rewarding because it’s tough to put drives together of 12-, 13-, 14-play drives five yards at a time. You need some chunk plays. Typically, your chunk plays come through the air. That was great to see,” he said. “Our tight ends are so talented. We …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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