Utes Are Nation’s Best Defense, Boast Impressive Numbers
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Who has the best defense in college football? You can make a case for the Utah Utes.
Can’t Run On This Crew
The Utes are in first in rush defense allowing just 56 rushing yards per game, in comparison opponents average just 2.4 yards per carry when facing the Utes.
Against USC at the L.A. Coliseum, the Utes still held the Trojans to 13 yards rushing, which is good enough for 0.6 yards per carry. Cal was held to 23 yards rushing and just 83 yards of total offense, this while handing the Bears their first shutout in 20 years.
They held the mighty Washington Huskies to just 53 yards rushing, and just 1-yard net rushing in the 2nd half. The Utes’ effort on the defensive side of the ball handed Utah their second-ever win against the Huskies.
This season the Utes are third in total defense, fourth in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, seventh in the nation in scoring defense with four touchdowns and counting and ninth in 1st downs allowed.
No Points For You
Utah has held four opponents to 10 or fewer points this season pitching shutouts against Idaho State and CAL, allowing only 7 points against Oregon State and 3 points against Arizona State.
They allowed just 44 second half points in the first nine games of the season.
Utah is the first team to shutout its opponent in the first half, of three consecutive Pac-12 conference games in a season since 1991.
This 2019 season was primed to be a special season with so many high-impact starters returning for their senior year. Kyle Whittingham’s defense is stacked with Bradlee Anae, Leki Fotu, Malik Haynes and John Penisini anchoring the defensive front, while Francis Bernard, Julian Blackmon, Terrell Burgess, Tareke Lewis, Josh Nurse lead the stout defense from behind. Also, don’t forget junior lock-down corner Jaylon Johnson, who absolutely has first-round potential, adding to the dominant defense.
This dominant defense is why Utah is a top 10 team and a college football playoff contender.