Utes coast to easy win over shorthanded Arizona

The Utes coasted to their second consecutive blowout victory on Friday night, crushing a helpless, and shorthanded Arizona team 42-10 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Tyler Huntley turned in another impressive performance, completing 14/19 passing attempts for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception once the game was already out of hand. Huntley rushed for a touchdown, and more impressively caught a 58 yard touchdown pass from Britain Covey, a first for both players.

Utah’s defense knocked Khalil Tate out of the game in the first half of the game after Chase Hansen dragged the Wildcats quarterback down by his hobbled left ankle. Arizona first went to Freshman Jamarye Joiner in Tate’s absence, but quickly replaced him with Rhett Rodriguez, son of former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez was mostly unable to move the ball on Utah’s first team offense, before finding the end zone against back up cornerback Josh Nurse in the second half.

Jason Shelley played the majority of the 4th quarter for the Utes, and led the offense to a touchdown drive set up by a controversial fake punt from Mitch Wishnowsky, which drew a horse collar penalty setting the Utes up in the red zone. Armand Shyne scored on the ensuing play from 22 yards out.

The Utes will get an extra day to prepare for USC who hosts Colorado on Saturday.

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