Player of the game: Devonte Christopher. NFL scouts may have come out to see Dion Lewis, but it was Christopher who put on the biggest show. The sophomore receiver caught eight passes for 155 yards and scored on a crucial 61-yard strike in the 4th quarter for the Utes.

X factor: Facing 4th and 1 at the Utah 5 yard line early in the fourth, Pittsburgh goes for it and gets a first down at the 4. From there, the Ute defense stiffens and forces the Panthers to lose seven yards on the next three plays – turning a potential touchdown into a 28 yard field goal that prevents Pitt from tying the game.

By the numbers: 23. Both teams were error prone from the opening kickoff. Utah and Pittsburgh combined for 23 penalties and those miscues cost the two teams a total of 174 yards.

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When: Sept. 11, 2 p.m.

Where: Rice Eccles Stadium

TV: The mtn. Radio: 700 AM

Update: The Rebels host No. 12 Wisconsin at 9 p.m. on Saturday to open the season.

Quotable: "We're only gonna get better. I mean, tonight was a good show. We showed everybody that we can be a great defense."Sealver Siliga, Utah defensive tackle