After an impressive first drive, Utah's effort on offense was inconsistent throughout. The Utes managed just 227 yards, the offensive line allowed six sacks and Brian Johnson threw an interception. But Darrell Mack had another 100-yard rushing game, and the Utes, unlike TCU, protected the football.
The defense made the biggest plays of the game. The Horned Frogs actually outgained the Utes with their 285 total yards, but Utah had four interceptions, including Martail Burnett's game-changer late in the first half. Utah also sacked TCU quarterback Andy Dalton twice.
While Louie Sakoda had another solid outing, including a clutch 41-yard field goal late in the game, the Utes struggled in other areas. Utah had a punt blocked that was returned for a touchdown, and the Utes gave up 222 yards in kick returns (112 on punts and 110 on kickoffs).
The Utes were far from perfect. Special teams play was poor, and the Utes committed too many penalties (10 for 98 yards). The Utes did dominate time of possession (36:52 to 23:08), though. Despite its mistakes, Utah is still very much in the conference race.