It was cold, it was rainy… it was… AWESOME!
One of the best things about sports is the opportunity for redemption, and Utah football got a much needed shot of that last night.
And our 3 unforgettable Hallendale warriors got their own redemption - within the game - in showing how in overcoming our own self-inflicted adversity we were quite a bit better than the score indicated.
All is well that ends well.
We knew ASU was going to be much tougher defensively than we’ve seen this year, and they were just that. It was really tough sledding for the offense - credit ASU’s defense 90% and a brooding Mother Nature gets 10%.
Moss gets the game ball - and is a leading MVP candidate for the 2019 Utes - but it was a team effort. Ludwig called a really good game, especially in the first half, and Huntley executed it well. When TH got roughed up, credit Lisk for filling in well, and then later, Jason Shelley did pretty good, and got a warm up for probably more snaps, maybe even next Saturday.
Jaylen Dixon’s TD on the fly sweep was huge, as that play hadn’t been working well, and the blocking by the WRs was simply excellent. I thought on a few plays if the ball was thrown shorter, or if Dixon cut off his route and came back on the ball, there were long receptions to be had for #25. (Oh yeah, he’s just a Soph, folks.)
The hard work put in by Jim Harding and our O-line all spring & summer, and especially in camp, paid off when Paulo had an injured wheel, with Simi Moala flipping to the LT position, and Nick Ford showing off his versatility in moving to RT. Lanterman got well deserved quality snaps.
When Moss was getting cleared after the cheapshot even #4 knew was wrong (as he slowly walked toward the locker room during the replay), Brumfield was very effective in going N & S, later in the game when it really mattered, and Wilmore got exposed to what it will be like going against top-tier PAC defenses.
The stats won’t show it, but Bryan Thompson is another warrior, Kuithe & Fotheringham came up big when needed. Vickers was right in the middle of the contributors that put up 21 on a stingy defense, when the turnovers weren’t even.