No. 14 Utah Ends Non-Conference Slate With Blowout Win Over SDSU

Sep 17, 2022, 7:43 PM | Updated: 11:32 pm
Cam Rising - Utah Utes vs. San Diego State...
Cameron Rising #7 of the Utah Utes throws under pressure from Jonah Tavai #66 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the first half of their game September 17, 2022 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The 14th-ranked Utah Utes ended their non-conference schedule with a blowout 35-7 win over San Diego State at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Utah quarterback Cam Rising completed 18 of his 30 pass attempts for 224 yards and four touchdowns against San Diego State. Of those four touchdowns, three went to wide receivers, including two to Devaughn Vele and one to Solomon Enis.


First Quarter

A lot of punting took place in the opening quarter as both defenses were strong. The first quarter was scoreless.

Second Quarter

With 8:59 remaining in the first half, Utah’s offense finally broke through the San Diego State defense. Cam Rising found Brant Kuithe for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Utes a 7-0 lead.

Moments later, Utah scored their first touchdown by a wide receiver of the season when Solomon Enis found the end zone. Utah had a 14-0 lead with 2:07 remaining in the half.

Utah recovered a fumble on special teams and four plays later, Cam Rising found Devaughn Vele for a 15-yard touchdown. The Utes held a 21-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the half.

Third Quarter

San Diego State started the second half with the football and backup QB Kyle Crum threw an interception to Karene Reid. Four plays later, Tavion Thomas ran in an 18-yard touchdown to give the Utes a 28-0 lead with 11:31 remaining in the third.

The Utes got the ball back and only needed four plays before Cam Rising found Devaughn Vele for a three-yard touchdown, his second TD catch of the night. Utah extended its lead to 35-0 with 7:34 remaining in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Cam Rising finished the drive that went into the fourth quarter before being replaced by Bryson Barnes. With Utah inserting their backups, San Diego State was able to get a touchdown with backup Kyle Crum finding Joshua Nicholson for an 18-yard touchdown. The Aztecs trimmed the deficit to 35-7 with 3:56 remaining in the game.

Utah improved their record to 2-1 on the season. They will open Pac-12 play on the road against Arizona State on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.

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