The University of Utah completed a preseason scrimmage Saturday night with Coach Jim Fassel expressing satisfaction with the team's intensity.
"It's hard to tell how your execution is at this stage, but I liked our intensity," he said. "The hitting was crisp. I was pleased with the competitiveness."Quarterback Scott Mitchell led the offense by completing 9 of 17 passes for 139 yards. Backup Mike Richmond was 9 of 13 for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Mitchell began with a 20-yard rollout pass to Cedric Riles and soon after completed a 55-yard bomb to Aaron Grimm that ended at the 1-yard line. From there Steve Abrams carried for a score.
Riles had a 28-yard carry on a reverse and added an 11-yard touchdown pass from Richmond. The Ute offense also showed off a flea-flicker play from fullback Brian Bero to Mitchell to Riles, good for 48 yards. Riles added another reverse that garnered a nine-yard touchdown.
Bero, a senior, carried 17 yards for the final touchdown of the night. His 42 yards rushing was most on the team.
Fassel said the defense drove well on the quarterback and the pass protection was good. He also praised Mitchell. "He threw pretty darn well," Fassel said.
At Logan, senior quarterback Brent Snyder was exceptionally sharp as the Utah State Aggies closed out their two-a-day camp with a scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Romney Stadium.
Snyder, one of the nation's top returning signal callers, passed for 279 yards on just 12 pass attempts, a whopping 23 yards per attempt. He completed 10, including two for touchdowns of more than 70 yards _ a 76-yarder to wide receiver Kendal Smith and a 73-yarder to running back Brett Payne.
Aggie coach Chuck Shelton was generally pleased with his team's performance.
"After the second scrimmage I feel good about the offense; they came together awfully well . . . It's the most consistent they have been.
"The offense and defense both functioned better."
He wasn't pleased, however, with the kicking game. "I'm extremely disappointed in the punting game. It's as bad as I've ever had this close to playing a game. I'm really upset about that because we spend so much time working on it."
Snyder wasn't the only quarterback to fare well. Russ Widerburg was 10 of 13 for 97 yards and Kirk Johnson was 2 of 2 for 46 yards. In all, five Aggie quarterbacks were 24 of 31 for 445 yards. Smith had four receptions for 143 yards and tight end Keith Roberson caught five passes for 53 yards.
The leading ballcarriers were fullbacks Todd Richardson, 38 yards, and Timo Tagaloa, 35 yards.
The Aggies resume practice Monday with one-a-day drills in the afternoon. A 65-man traveling party will fly to Lincoln, Neb., Friday morning for Saturday's season opener against Nebraska. At Ogden, Weber State's football team ended its first week of Fall drills with a scrimmage Saturday night in Wildcat Stadium. It was the first full contact scrimmage during preseason practice.
All 102 players saw action in the two hour affair.
"Our goal was to get a good look at everyone in different situations," said WSC head football coach, Mike Price. "I was pleased with our performance. The kids are in much better shape than they were a week ago and our timing on both sides of the ball is excellent at this point. It was good to get out under lights and play before a crowd. Most importantly, we played two tough hours and no one got hurt."
Price also said felt good about the placekicking and punting game. Greg Patterson was 13-16 in field goals from various distances, while punter Brent Chuhaniuk averaged 41 yards a boot on 24 punts.
Jeff Carlson ran four series and hit on four of eight passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns, while Fine Unga carried five times for 31 yards.
"We'll give them a rest tomorrow and come back strong again on Monday," Price said. "We will have another scrimmage next Wednesday night."