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Utah Utes football: Utah comes back to defeat Pitt 26-14

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 6:19 a.m. MDT

Utah linebacker Matt Martinez, left, and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga revel in the middle of the postgame celebration after the Utes defeated Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime in 2010. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah linebacker Matt Martinez, left, and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga revel in the middle of the postgame celebration after the Utes defeated Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime in 2010. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The Utah football team came back from a disastrous start to defeat Pitt 26-14 in an intersectional clash Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The Utes spotted the Panthers two first-quarter scores on special teams plays, then scored 26 straight points to even their record at 3-3.

Coleman Peterson booted four field goals, including a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter, while John White rushed for a career-high 174 yards.

Pitt couldn't move the ball on offense all day and had one last chance when it got the ball back with 1:36 left in the game. However, Utah's Derrick Shelby picked off Trey Anderson's pass and ran 21 yards with the clinching touchdown.

The Utah defense played great, holding the Panthers to just 120 total yards. Ray Graham, who is second in the nation in rushing with a 149-yard average, ended with just 46 yards rushing on the day.

Pittsburgh defensive end Justin Hargrove (96) tackles Utah quarterback Jon Hays (9) on a run in the first quarter of the NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Associated Press) Pittsburgh defensive end Justin Hargrove (96) tackles Utah quarterback Jon Hays (9) on a run in the first quarter of the NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Associated Press)

Two special teams touchdowns gave Pitt a quick 14-3 lead in the first quarter.

Just after the Utes scored on a methodical 73-yard opening drive that resulted in a 23-yard Peterson field goal, Pitt's Buddy Jackson went 98 yards with the ensuing kickoff to put the Panthers up 7-3 with 4:52 left in the first quarter. The Ute coverage was good and appeared to stop Jackson inside the 20, but he bounced outside and went untouched for the final 80 yards.

On Utah's next possession, Pitt scored again, this time on a punt block by Andrew Taglianetti as Antwuan Reed picked up the ball and went the final seven yards.

Utah came back with a 34-yard field goal by Coleman Peterson and a 33-yard pass from Jon Hays to Luke Matthews with 2:07 left in the half.

In the third quarter, the Utes took a 16-14 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Peterson, then added a 45-yard field goal with 7:45 left.

Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham (1) gets by Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) in the first quarter of the NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Associated Press) Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham (1) gets by Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) in the first quarter of the NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Associated Press)

Utah plays at Cal Saturday as it gets back into Pac-12 play.

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