Utah football report card: Postseason aspirations over for Utes after mistake-filled loss to Washington State

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 11:21 p.m. MST

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The typically stout Ute defense took a shot to its reputation Saturday, giving up 578 total yards and 35 points. Connor Halliday looked like a Heisman candidate, carving up the Utah secondary for four touchdowns on 488 passing yards.

Utah did pick up two fumble recoveries on the day and held the Washington State offense in check long enough after falling behind by three touchdowns early to get within six points with 12 minutes to play in the fourth. Just when it looked like the Utes might hold the Cougars and have a shot to take the lead, Halliday connected with Dom Williams on a 71-yard bomb to extend the lead to 49-37.

Grade: C-
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Except for the grade on the special teams, I think you are one letter too high on everything else. The Utes battled back but never got closer than 6 points after a terrible start. Offense moved the ball against a bend but don't break defense and the coaches didn't have the team ready to play (again) at the start of the game.

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