Utah RB TJ Pledger Scores With Longest Run In School History

Nov 5, 2021, 10:05 PM | Updated: 11:03 pm


Utah Utes running back TJ Pledger (5) evades the tackle from Stanford Cardinal cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17) to score on a 96-yard run, putting the Utes up 35-0, in Stanford, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utes running back TJ Pledger ran to the end zone with the longest rush in school history during the first half of Utah’s game against the Stanford Cardinal.

The Cardinal hosted the Utes on Friday, November 5.

With 3:10 left in the second quarter, Pledger flew down the far sideline for 96 yards and a Utah touchdown.

Pledger’s run is the longest rushing play in Utah football history and the second-longest play from scrimmage.

The previous long rush was a 93-yard run by Frank Nelson in 1947.

Utah’s longest-play from scrimmage is held by Dan Hagemann and Jack Steptoe for 98 yards in 1976.

It was the fifth rushing touchdown by the Utes. For Pledger, it was his third rushing score this season.

The touchdown gave the Utes a 35-0 lead.

After the sprint, Pledger had two carries for 96 yards and a score.

The junior running back entered the contest with 40 carries for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Utah’s game against Stanford is broadcast on FS1 and 700 AM.

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