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USU, Utah Utes football: Game at a glance

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 6:07 a.m. MDT

Scoring summary

Utah ... 17 ... 13 ... 14 ... 14 — 58
Utah St. ... 7 ... 0 ... 3 ... 0 — 10

First quarter
Utah St. (12:14): Otis Nelson 9-yard pass from Sean Setzer (Peter Caldwell kick)
4 plays, 24 yards, 1:22
KEY PLAY:
John Peel fumbles Caldwell's punt and Geno Odong recovers and races to the Utah 24.

Utah (8:09): Matt Asiata 4-yard run (Louie Sakoda kick)
10 plays, 80 yards, 4:06
KEY PLAY:
Brent Casteel hauls in a 40-yard pass from Brian Johnson to convert third-and-10.

Utah (3:45): Sakoda 48-yard field goal
6 plays, 9 yards, 2:39
KEY PLAY:
On third-and-21, Johnson finds Darrell Mack for an 8-yard gain to put Utah on the Utah St. 31.

Utah (3:34): Elijah Wesson 20-yard fumble return (Sakoda kick)
KEY PLAY:
Curtis Marsh fumbles the kickoff and Wesson takes advantage.

Second quarter
Utah (10:30): Sakoda 35-yard field goal
13 plays, 50 yards, 6:51
KEY PLAY:
On fourth-and-1, Johnson runs up the middle for two yards to keep the drive rolling.

Utah (8:57): Sakoda 24-yard field goal
4 plays, 6 yards, 1:22
KEY PLAY:
Derrick Shelby recovers Diondre Borel's fumble after a Paul Kruger sack.

Utah (:28): Freddie Brown 10-yard pass from Johnson (Sakoda kick)
12 plays, 74 yards, 3:58
KEY PLAY:
Instead of punting, Louie Sakoda hits R.J. Stanford for a 9-yard gain on fourth-and-3.

Third quarter
Utah St. (12:49): Caldwell 20-yard field goal
7 plays, 21 yards, 1:59
KEY PLAY:
Borel finds Marsh for a 16-yard gain.

Utah (8:20): Colt Sampson 8-yard pass from Johnson (Sakoda kick)
9 plays, 77 yards, 4:26
KEY PLAY:
Bradon Godfrey catches a 13-yard Johnson pass and Utah St. commits a 15-yard penalty.

Utah (4:25): Asiata 4-yard run (Sakoda kick)
6 plays, 54 yards, 2:21
KEY PLAY:
The Aggies help out again with another 15-yard penalty tacked on Johnson's 8-yard run.

Fourth quarter
Utah (8:40): Asiata 3-yard run (Sakoda)
13 plays, 80 yards, 7:03
KEY PLAY:
Eddie Wide picks up 17 yards along the left side to get to the Utah St. 19.

Utah (3:19): Ray Stowers 2-yard run (Sakoda kick)
7 plays, 48 yards, 4:02
KEY PLAY:
Wide goes to the left again, this time for 23 yards to set up first-and-goal at the 9.

Utah report card

Offense
Grade B-plus
The Utes displayed improved consistency. They piled up 29 first downs and were never forced to punt the entire night.

Defense
Grade A
It was an overall stellar performance by Utah. Paul Kruger had four sacks, and USU's only scores came when the Aggies benefitted from short fields.

Special teams
Grade B
The Utes' punt returns were poor, but kicker Louie Sakoda, as always, was great.

Overall
Grade A-minus
Utah overcame an early mistake to once again dominate the woeful Aggies in Logan.

Utah State report card

Offense
Grade F
The Aggies had just 27 yards rushing and 89 yards passing and managed only eight first downs on the night. They also lost two fumbles and had an interception.

Defense
Grade F
Utah State gave up 233 yards rushing and another 213 yards through the air, allowing Utah to pile up 29 first downs.

Special teams
Grade D
The Aggies' first touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery their first punt.

Overall
Grade F
USU coach Brent Guy couldn't find anything good to say about his team's pathetic performance.

Utah schedule

Date ... Opponent ... Result
Aug. 30 ... at Michigan ... W, 25-23
Sept. 6 ... UNLV ... W, 42-21
Sept. 13 ... at Utah St. ... W, 58-10
Sept. 20 ... at Air Force ... —
Sept. 27 ... Weber St. ... —
Oct. 2 ... Oregon St. ... —
Oct. 11 ... at Wyoming ... —
Oct. 18 ... Colorado St. ... —
Nov. 1 ... at New Mexico ... —
Nov. 8 ... TCU ... —
Nov. 15 ... at San Diego St. ... —
Nov. 22 ... BYU ... —

Overall: 3-0 Conference: 1-0

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