Former Utah running back Matt Asiata scores three TDs in first NFL start in Vikings' win

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Congrats to Matt. Wish we had a runner like him on the team right now.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 17, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Way to go Matt!! Love it!

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 11:52 p.m.


    "My question, why is this his first start."

    Maybe because Matt plays behind the best running back on the planet? Peterson was hurt so Asiata got the start.

    Your reference to "Ute fans that somehow want to make this about your PAC 12 membership", that should only be directed at one Utes fan with several screen names (Chris B, etc.). For the record, it's annoying to the majority of Utah fans as well.

    Fantastic game Asiata!!

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Yeah, well good for Matt. I really wish him the greatest success.

    But all three touchdowns were pieces of cake; anyone could have run through those holes for less than five yards.

    Nevertheless, I do believe he has great talent and he'll do well.

  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    Sweet! Loved watching Matt put Alabama in their place.

    And, Matt - your dad had a front-row seat to this game - and all games in your future!

    Dec. 16, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    Watched this game with a host of Packers fans with a few Vikings fans mixed in, and with every touchdown Matt had, I felt like Buddy the Elf: "I know him!! I know him!" Couldn't be happier to see him bruise Eagles defenders on TD runs the way he used to do to the likes of the BYU, Louisville, and Alabama. He's come a long ways, from his injury-riddled college career, to being undrafted, to making the practice squad his first year, then the active roster the next, and the adversity he's had this year with his father passing. Congrats, Matt. Hope to see many more games just like it!

  • Kelley Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Way to go, Matt. It's been a long time since you were a freshman in my college comp class at Snow, but I've been following your athletic career ever since. I'm sorry about your dad. I'm sure he's proud of you and watching your success. --Kelley

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Let's be happy for Matt and his family first, then we can mention the PAC 12, the Utes and the Polynesian pipeline without taking shots at our instate brothers.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    From a BYU fan who is only slightly more fond of the Vikings then I am of the Utes (not much at all), congrats Matt. Hope you can keep it up.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 16, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Well done Asiata. Great to see a local have success in the NFL. Island pride baby!

  • Unabiller Excelsior, MN
    Dec. 16, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Well, as perhaps the only Minnesotan to post here, let me say this:
    for the first time
    in a long time
    Vikings win bigtime

    We don't really care back here iln the nethermost parts of the kingdom (grin) what school the stars of the game attended, BYU, Utah, Oregon Stanford. It is all relative. Minnesota Vikings won the game, and Asiata was one of the heros. Love his effort, glad he got his chance, hope he gets many more.
    Ted, Excelsior, Minnesota

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    Congratulations, Matt!!!

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    And the Pac 12 Utes continue to DOMINATE the NFL conversation with local schools.

    And its not even close.

    You think recruits know this?

    You'd better believe it

    You think recruits care about this?

    You'd better believe it.

    Go Matt!

    Go Pac 12 Utes

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Love seeing this. He's put in his time. Hopefully this is just the beginning for him.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 16, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Great news about a great young man! Congrats Matt! Always a thrill to hear about young polynesians making an impact in the NFL. Hope his success continues and leads to bigger and better things for him and his family in the future.

    Go Matt!!!

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 16, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Wow. Who is that mascot in the picture? Thor? It's hilarious.

    Dec. 15, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Asiata is a nice young man that has worked very hard to get to the NFL and stick for 3 years. Was fantastic watching him score three times today. I'm a big Vikes fan and was thrilled to see him get a chance to play.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    Congrat's to Matt! Well deserved!!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    Great accomplishment for Matt Asiata...well done!

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    A great guy from a great family wearing a great number. Good for you, Matt! Your father would ave been so proud.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 15, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Congrats to Matt.

    He's fought through a lot of adversity, and it's really nice to see him succeed.