Behind the Numbers:  Replaying the Utah Win, Digit by Digit

On Saturday night, Utah won the first half 21-0 and Washington captured the second half 24-0. A look behind the numbers.

In the first half Jimmy Lake appeared to be getting schooled by Utah's Kyle Whittingham, only to have his Huskies come back from a 21-point half time deficit.  


Ty Jordan was the game's leading rusher with 10 carries for 97 yards. Jordan was one of three Ute players carried the ball 10 times.


Washington linebacker Jackson Sirmon had his best night with 9 tackles, including 6 solo tackles. 


Breaking from past approach, the Utes passed 11 times on first down, completing 8 for 53 yards.


With 3 more sacks on Saturday against the Utes, Zion Tupuola-Fetui ran his season total to 7. ZTF leads the nation in sacks per game.


The UW had 6 tackles for loss, none bigger than Kyler Gordon's that led to a forced fumble at Washington's 12-yard line. On the second play of fourth quarter Gordon popped the ball free from Ty Jordan that Tupuola-Fetui returned 29 yards to the UW 43.


True freshman  Sav'ell Smalls played multiple positions along the defensive line against Utah, recording 5 tackles.  His biggest moment came on a third-and-5 play where Smalls and Edefuan Ulofoshio teamed up to drop Devin Brumfield short of the first down.


UW quarterback Dylan Morris completed his final 4 passes, including the 16-yard game-winning TD to Cade Otton. Trailing 21-17, Morris found Otton three times and running back Kamari Pleasant once.  


The Utes committed 3 of their 4 turnovers on third down in the second half.


Utah QB Jake Bentley threw 2 second-half interceptions, this after an efficient first half in which he hit 9 of 11 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.


Utah ran 1 more play than Washington while Washington had 1 more first down.  Perhaps the biggest number 1 of all was the Utes had a single tackle for loss the entire night.