Moss really needs to share the game ball with the Defense. That was as dominant a performance as I’ve seen Utah give on defense, in a long time. 136 yards of total offense by the #17 team in the nation? Are you kidding me?
Upfront we manhandled the Devils, Anae came through over & over in sacks, pressures, bat-downs. But it wasn’t just him. Fotu, Penisini, Pututau in the middle, with Tafua on the other bookend.
Scalley’s never-been-seen-before-scheme-of-the-game: Maxs Tupa’i as a LB. As the DL introduced young Jayden Daniels to what it’s like to go against a serious defense, Tupa’i got some snaps at LB, presumably to bring added “emphasis” to stopping their run game.
Much vaunted WR Aiyuk got a single reception vs. Jaylon Johnson, who stayed disciplined throughout, and our secondary flaunted their flexibility over & over, with minimal substitutions and Burgess and Blackmon interchangeably picking up coverage on a TE or WR in the slot. (That’s the genius of moving CBs and NBs back to play Safety. Simply put - Morgan Scalley is a DC at the top of his craft.)
Bernard & Lloyd were overall excellent in their assignments, though Benjamin gave a few painful reminders that you have to wrap him up. I think it was Lloyd who pounced on the PR fumble late, right before Zack Moss made history.
KOs were excellent, even with that asinine double-cheapshot move against Enis. Redding didn’t have any work to do, Lennon did his job… even though the pressure is getting way too uncomfortable. Serious credit to Simpkins on punt returns. One punt he misjudged and it got to the 5 - those happen sometimes - but otherwise he’s been rock solid.
"I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?"
Adios, Sun Devils. See you next year.
Gut check win against a nemesis. I know we have some guys who are physically hurting today, but we definitely dished it out, too. I think Cal’s QB had a collarbone a few weeks back, so it might be possible to expose Huntley less next Saturday night… but Cal’s defense is for real. My sense is this might be a good game for TH to get healed up as much as possible, and let Lisk & Shelley run the show.
Stay focused, stay hungry… take care of business next week against another team from palm tree territory.