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Cam Rising TD Throw To Devaughn Vele Extends Utah’s Lead Against Oregon State

Oct 1, 2022, 2:26 PM
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Cameron Rising #7 of the Utah Utes throws a touchdown pass to Jaylen Dixon #25 during the first half of their game against the Oregon State Beavers October 1, 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 Utah Utes’ offense needed a spark in the third quarter and they got with the a touchdown throw by Cam Rising to Devaughn Vele.

After sputtering early in the third quarter, Utah’s offense got a boost by Rising both through the air and on the ground, which ended in a 16-yard TD pass to Vele.

That play extended Utah’s lead to 28-16 with 6:18 left in the third quarter. It’s the 12th touchdown pass of the season for Rising and the third TD grab in 2022 for Vele.

Rising completed 14 of his 19 pass attempts for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball seven times for 73 yards and a score. Vele caught five passes for 64 yards and one TD.

Oregon State put everyone in the Pac-12 on notice last weekend against #7 USC that they aren’t the “cute little brother” that can be picked on anymore. The Utes know this all too well, falling to the Beavers 42-31 last season at Reser Stadium. Oregon State has the pieces to give #12 Utah a good fight if they are allowed to.

This year Utah hosts OSU at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Yes, Oregon State has typically performed better at home, and yes, RES is a hard place to play, but the Beavers have done the work to be competitive. A lackadaisical effort from the Utes that allows OSU to get into the game could pose a problem that Utah doesn’t want to have to try and solve.

Head coach Jonathan Smith has done wonders for the Beavers since taking the job in 2018. A favorite son of Oregon State from his quarterbacking days (1998-2001) under legendary College Football Hall Of Fame coach Dennis Erickson, Smith has breathed new life into a program that was getting left behind.

As the head coach of Oregon State, Smith’s record is 19-21 and steadily improving by the year. Smith has helped to make Corvallis a hard place for visiting teams to play and the list of victims (and almost victims) has steadily grown over the years.

Utah and Oregon State can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

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