Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) makes a one-handed catch in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
I feel like we’ve got to come out and act like we’re one of the best offenses in the nation instead of just going out there and playing. —Darren Carrington

SALT LAKE CITY – Darren Carrington isn’t sure why Utah’s offense has trouble in the red zone, but he believes they can learn something from the Ute defense.

“I feel like our defense is already playing like they feel like they’re the best defense in the nation,” he said. “They come every drive ready to get a stop.”

He said if the offense needs to do its part to help the Utes win those close games.

“I don’t think we should have lost that game,” he said. “I feel like we couldn’t execute. That’s my biggest thing. We’ve got to execute what coach is calling. We can’t get that close to the end zone and not score.”

Carrington said confidence is key in the offense’s ability to overcome this issue.

“I mean, we can’t keep putting our defense back on the field in like 50 seconds or 40 seconds,” Carrington said. “I feel like we’ve got to come out and act like we’re one of the best offenses in the nation instead of just going out there and playing. Come out and act like we’re one of the best. That’s what our defense is doing.”

PRIME TIME

This Saturday’s 5 p.m. (PT) game at the Los Angeles Coliseum marks Utah’s first appearance on ABC during primetime. Utah is 2-4 against the Trojans since joining the Pac-12, but is 14-2-1 in ABC-televised games.

Utah’s next game will be at Rice-Eccles on Oct. 21 with kick of at 1:30 or 2 p.m. It will be televised on Fox or FS1.