Utah Scores 38 Unanswered Points In Comeback Win Over Washington State

Dec 19, 2020, 3:48 PM
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JaTravis Broughton #4, Nephi Sewell #29 and Tennessee Pututau #99 of the Utah Utes tackle Deon Macintosh #3 of the Washington State Cougars during their game on December 19, 2020 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After trailing 28-7 at the half at home in their season finale, Utah football scored 38 unanswered points to beat Washington State 45-28.

It was the final game of the 2020 season since the players voted to opt out of any bowl game opportunities if they were able to get the win.

Utah held Washington State scoreless in the second half while the offense scored 31 of their 38 second half points.

Poor Start To First Half

The Utes trailed 28-7 at the halftime break and even made a QB change before the half ended. Utah had 5 penalties for 45 yards in the first 30 minutes. Jake Bentley struggled, going 7-of-14 passing for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The touchdown came on a beautiful throw to Britain Covey for a 91-yard score. It is the second longest pass play and tied for the fourth longest play from scrimmage in school history. When Utah got the ball back after their lone TD, down 21-7, Bentley threw a pass to an area that didn’t have a wide receiver. Washington State picked it off and returned it to Utah’s three-yard line. On the next play, the Cougars scored a touchdown to take a 28-7 lead.

Bentley was benched and replaced by senior Drew Lisk. The former Jordan High School star went 4-for-8 passing for 22 yards before halftime.

All in all, Utah had 250 total yards of offense and allowed Washington State to get 288 yards. The Utes also committed two turnovers.

Utah Turn It On In Second Half

The second half was off to a promising start as Utah’s defense forced Washington State to punt on their first possession while the Utes answered with a 5-yard TD by Ty Jordan. After the Cougars punted on their second drive of the half, Bryan Thompson scored his first rushing TD on a sweep from 9-yards out. It was his first career rushing attempt.

Utah’s defense held strong once again on Wazzu’s next drive and was forced to punt. When the Utes go the ball back, Lisk led them down the field. Two great plays were made during that series. Just past midfield on third and 9, Lisk flushed out of the pocket and threw a pass towards the sideline to Kuithe who somehow caught it and put one foot inbounds before being pushed out of bounds.

The play was an 8-yard gain. On 4th and one, Jordan ran in his second TD of the game, this time from 33-yards out to tie the game with 12:01 remaining in the game.

With under 7 minutes left in the game, Utah punted for just the second time in the half. Running back Max Borghi ran the ball up field before Vonte Davis laid a hit on his arms to get the ball loose. Clark Phillips III recovered and took it to Washington State’s 13-yard line.

Ty Jordan gave the Utes the lead with a 13-yard touchdown. Utah then kicked a field goal to go up by 10.

Just as Washington State was trying to comeback, Clark Phillips III picked off de Laura and returned it for a 36-yard TD.

The Utes improved their record to 3-2 on the season. They finished the 2020 campaign with three straight wins.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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