UTAH UTES

Utah S RJ Hubert Returns Interception For TD Early In Third Quarter

Sep 10, 2022, 1:40 PM | Updated: Sep 16, 2022, 11:18 am
Utah Utes defensive back R.J. Hubert (10) during a college football game between the Utah Utes and ...
Utah Utes defensive back R.J. Hubert (10) during a college football game between the Utah Utes and The USC Trojans on September 20, 2019, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Utes safety RJ Hubert returned an interception for a touchdown in the first minute of the third quarter against Southern Utah.

SUU quarterback Justin Miller threw the ball deep to an empty part of the field in what looked like a miscommunication with his receiver when RJ Hubert easily intercepted the pass. He took the ball 39 yards for a touchdown.

Utah’s lead was extended to 52-7 with 13:53 remaining in the third. It’s Hubert’s first career interception and defensive touchdown.

The 2021 campaign was a rough one for SUU only winning a single game and going 0-8 in conference play. Not only are the Thunderbirds breaking in a new conference in 2022 (Western Athletic), but also a new head coach in DeLane Fitzgerald- so far so good for the team. In 2022 they have already matched their win total in 2021 after beating the St. Thomas Tommies 44-13 last week.

The Thunderbirds bring back experience at the quarterback position this year with three-year starter Justin Miller. Despite a rough overall year for the team last year, Miller was consistently a bright spot and appears poised to help Fitzgerald right the ship in Cedar City. In 2021, Miller racked up 4,186 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and averaged 220 yards per game. Last week, Miller impressed with a 63.9% completion rate off of 359 yards and three touchdowns.

A familiar name to Utah fans on the Thunderbird roster is former running back Braedon Wissler. He didn’t get a ton of play in last week’s game for SUU, but Wissler’s name might be called on occasion. Last week he had seven rushing yards and 33 receiving yards in the Thunderbird’s win over St. Thomas.

The Utah/SUU game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

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