Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) is brought down by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett (6) is tackled by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe (80) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes wide receiver Bronson Boyd (9) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) sacks Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) passes on the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay (97) has his field goal blocked by Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) throws against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) brings down Weber State Wildcats running back Clay Moss (34) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Solomon Enis (21) and Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) fight for the ball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Demari Simpkins (7) is defended by Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes cheerleader Hailie Cummings laughs with Weber State Wildcats cheerleader Millie Hevlius prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes' band takes the field prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Megan Johnson holds a U. flag prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes' band poses for a photo prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes run onto the field in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes fans cheer in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes try to block a Weber State Wildcats field goal in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats linebacker Landon Stice (45) celebrates an interception in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham (89) celebrates his touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes defense tackles Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett (6) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey (18) runs for yardage in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats defensive lineman Jayden Palauni (50) celebrates a fourth down stand in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes wide receiver Siaosi Mariner (8) against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua (42) tackles Weber State Wildcats running back Kris Jackson (27) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) is knocked down by Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin (10) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Former Ute basketball player Kyle Kuzma in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) scores against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) is brought down by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Solomon Enis (21) fights with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Marque Collins (13) for the ball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay (97) kicks off in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) brings down Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Armand Shyne (6) fumbles the ball against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats running back Clay Moss (34) is tackled by the Ute defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss breaks free for a touchdown against Weber State Wildcats cornerback Jordan Preator during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah players stop Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss breaks free for a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes and the Weber State Wildcats take the field for NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes take the field for NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks throws before taking a hit from Utah Utes defensive back Marquise Blair during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham hauls in a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah fans cheer during NCAA football action against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah fans cheer during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utes celebrate a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes celebrate following their win against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham, right, and Weber State Wildcats head coach Jay Hill talk before NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Weber State Wildcats celebrate after an intercepton during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks the sideline during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks the sideline during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks passes while Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua tries to get to him during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley looks to pass during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley passes the ball during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe and Utah Utes wide receiver Bronson Boyd celebrate a touchdown during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon gestures after pulling in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Jason Shelley is upended during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe goes for yardage with Weber State Wildcats safety Preston Smith defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Former Utah head coach Ron McBride, left, and current Utah assistant coach Gary Andersen meet before NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Kyle Kuzma, left, and Donovan Mitchell talk during the University of Utah vs. Weber State football game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah football fan Johnny Snegmanichanh cheers for the Utes during NCAA football against Weber State in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks looks to pass during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks looks to pass during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats punter Doug Lloyd punts the ball during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks is brought down during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah players stop Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) is brought down by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett (6) is tackled by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe (80) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes wide receiver Bronson Boyd (9) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) sacks Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) passes on the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay (97) has his field goal blocked by Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) throws against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) brings down Weber State Wildcats running back Clay Moss (34) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Solomon Enis (21) and Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) fight for the ball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Demari Simpkins (7) is defended by Weber State Wildcats cornerback Parker Preator (20) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes cheerleader Hailie Cummings laughs with Weber State Wildcats cheerleader Millie Hevlius prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes' band takes the field prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Megan Johnson holds a U. flag prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes' band poses for a photo prior to the game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes run onto the field in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes fans cheer in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes try to block a Weber State Wildcats field goal in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats linebacker Landon Stice (45) celebrates an interception in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham (89) celebrates his touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes defense tackles Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett (6) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey (18) runs for yardage in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs against Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats defensive lineman Jayden Palauni (50) celebrates a fourth down stand in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates his touchdown with Utah Utes wide receiver Siaosi Mariner (8) against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua (42) tackles Weber State Wildcats running back Kris Jackson (27) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) is knocked down by Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin (10) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Former Ute basketball player Kyle Kuzma in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) scores against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) is brought down by the Utah Utes defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Solomon Enis (21) fights with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Marque Collins (13) for the ball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay (97) kicks off in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) brings down Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Armand Shyne (6) fumbles the ball against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats running back Clay Moss (34) is tackled by the Ute defense in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss breaks free for a touchdown against Weber State Wildcats cornerback Jordan Preator during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah players stop Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss breaks free for a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes and the Weber State Wildcats take the field for NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes take the field for NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks throws before taking a hit from Utah Utes defensive back Marquise Blair during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham hauls in a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah fans cheer during NCAA football action against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah fans cheer during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utes celebrate a touchdown against the Weber State Wildcats during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Utah Utes celebrate following their win against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham, right, and Weber State Wildcats head coach Jay Hill talk before NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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The Weber State Wildcats celebrate after an intercepton during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks the sideline during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham walks the sideline during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks passes while Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua tries to get to him during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley looks to pass during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley passes the ball during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe and Utah Utes wide receiver Bronson Boyd celebrate a touchdown during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon gestures after pulling in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes quarterback Jason Shelley is upended during NCAA football against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe goes for yardage with Weber State Wildcats safety Preston Smith defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Former Utah head coach Ron McBride, left, and current Utah assistant coach Gary Andersen meet before NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Kyle Kuzma, left, and Donovan Mitchell talk during the University of Utah vs. Weber State football game in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah football fan Johnny Snegmanichanh cheers for the Utes during NCAA football against Weber State in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks looks to pass during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon pulls in a pass with Weber State Wildcats cornerback Keilan Benjamin defending during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks looks to pass during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats punter Doug Lloyd punts the ball during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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Weber State Wildcats quarterback Kaden Jenks is brought down during NCAA football against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A slow start and a fast finish aptly described Utah’s 41-10 win over Weber State Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes overcame a double-digit deficit to prevail in a season opener for the 11th consecutive year.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said there was no panic when things didn’t start off well for the Utes. They trailed 10-0 with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.

“We knew there would be adversity at some point in the game, didn’t know it would be right out of the gate,” Whittingham said. “But we handled it, we attacked it, and I thought the guys did a nice job — maintained their composure and their poise, didn’t panic and just started playing our game.”

And how.

The defense recorded the third-best outing in school history when it comes to yards allowed. Weber State finished with just 61, the fewest the Utes have given up since holding Idaho to 58 in 1953. The Wildcats managed only three first downs and were just 1 of 15 on third down.

“It was just a great defensive game really,” said safety Marquise Blair. “Everybody just did what they’re supposed to do.”

Offensively, Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley threw four touchdown passes, running back Zack Moss rushed for 150 yards, and versatile receiver Britain Covey made a splash with 64 yards rushing and 53 yards receiving. The Utes wound up with 587 yards of total offense and 25 first downs.

“We just knew that we had to make some plays,” said Huntley, who completed 24 of 39 passes with one interception.

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Utah players stop Weber State Wildcats running back Treshawn Garrett during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.

Weber State cashed in on a pair of takeaways to take the early lead. The first score — a 42-yard field goal by Trey Tuttle — followed a fumble by Covey on a punt return. Kallin Fisher recovered it for the Wildcats.

Trailing 3-0, Utah gave the ball back to Weber State on its next play from scrimmage when Huntley was picked off by Landon Slice. The linebacker returned the interception 30 yards to the Utah 2. Quarterback Kaden Jenks covered the rest of the distance for the Wildcats on first down. The touchdown and PAT that followed made it 10-0.

At the time, Weber State had 23 yards of total offense and one first down. Utah had six yards and no first downs. The Wildcats ran 13 plays, the Utes just four.

It didn’t take long, though, for the situation to change.

“Fast start. I thought they came out of the gate not intimidated and excited about the atmosphere,” said Weber State coach Jay Hill. “And then we proceeded to get our butts kicked. I was a little disappointed because I thought we were playing dang good defense there for a little while.”

Utah drove 75 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing possession late in the first quarter. The drive, which ended with a 3-yard scoring strike from Huntley to tight end Cole Fotheringham, began with a 26-yard run from Covey. Moss added 38 yards on four carries and an 8-yard pass from Huntley to tight end Jake Jackson was also part of the drive.

The momentum shift continued after Utah forced Weber State to punt for the sixth time. The Utes handed the ball off to Moss on first down and the junior ran a career-high 86 yards for the go-ahead score with 6:34 left in the opening half.

After Weber State punted again, Utah added a 35-yard field goal from Matt Gay just before the intermission. The 17-10 score, however, didn’t reflect the massive statistical advantages the Utes held in total offense (260-26) and first downs (10-1) after two quarters.

The disparity grew when play resumed. Utah’s defense held Weber State to three plays and a punt to start the second half. The offense, in turn, acted quickly. A 38-yard run by Covey put the Utes on the Weber State 11. Three plays later, Huntley and Moss teamed for a 9-yard touchdown toss. Gay followed with the PAT to increase Utah’s lead to 24-10 with 10:39 left in the third quarter.

It swelled to 31-10 exactly four minutes later. A 24-yard touchdown pass from Huntley to Siaosi Mariner capped a series that included an 11-yard run by punter Mitch Wishnowsky on fourth-and-5 near midfield.

Utah’s offensive assault continued in the fourth quarter. A 29-yard TD pass from Huntley to tight end Brant Kuithe concluded a nine-play, 83-yard march downfield with 14:43 left to play.

By game’s end, the Utes added a 33-yard field goal by Gay.

“I thought Utah did a phenomenal job of sticking to their game plan,” Hill said. “They might have called that a little slow at the start, but that’s what good teams do — they overcome that and then they kick butt. And that’s what they did.”

Both teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8. Utah is at Northern Illinois and Weber State travels to Cal Poly.