PLAYER OF THE GAME

Darrell Mack

The junior tailback ran for a career-high 132 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. He also caught a pass.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Utah senior Derrek Richards puts the Utes ahead for good, at 14-7, by returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was Utah's first punt return for a score since Steve Smith ran one back against Cal in 2000.

KEY CALL

Utah's decision to run a fake punt on fourth-and-eight from its own 22-yard line early in the third quarter pays off. All-Mountain West Conference punter Louie Sakoda runs for 22 yards on the play to keep what proves to be a pivotal scoring drive alive.

QUOTABLE

"Special teams were a big plus for us. I thought our special teams controlled the football game." — Kyle Whittingham, Utah head coach

UP NEXT

at LOUISVILLE

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: Louisville, Ky.

TV: ESPN

Radio: 700AM

Update: The Cardinals (3-2) beat N.C. State on the road, 29-10.