Utah, Utah State report card: Keeton shines in 1st half, defense weak on both sides

Published: Friday, Aug. 30 2013 12:23 a.m. MDT

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Utah: For 3 1/2 quarters, the Utes performed below average — but then made the necessary stop, forcing a USU three-and-out with less than five minutes left in the game. That came just after an Andy Phillips kick had given Utah the lead for good. The Utes gave up 487 total yards. GRADE: C

Utah State: The Aggie defense did not make stops when it most needed to — particularly during a Utah drive midway through the fourth quarter that led to Phillips’ go-ahead field goal. Then the Aggies allowed multiple long runs from Utah backs on the Utes’ final drive of the stanza and let Wilson gain 3 yards on a run on 3rd-and-1 with 2:18 remaining.

The rest of the game wasn’t great, either. Overall, the Aggies gave up 450 total yards of offense. GRADE: C-
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