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Las Vegas Bowl Quick Reaction: Utah Football rolls CSU

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The Utes returned to bowl season in style, by blowing out CSU in the Vegas Bowl.

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It was all Utah down in Vegas this afternoon, as the Utes rolled over Colorado State, enroute to a 45-10 win in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Here are three quick takeaways from the beat down in Vegas.

Aggressive offenses are productive offenses

Utah opened the game with a double pass that resulted in a deep bomb from Travis Wilson to Kaelin Clay to get Utah into scoring position early in the game. Rarely, if at all, in this game did it feel that Utah, and Dave Christensen, sat back and took the air out of the ball. While Travis Wilson did miss some throws, the play calling was diverse and kept CSU off balance.

Utah's defense wore down CSU

Early in the game, CSU did a solid job protecting quarterback Garrett Grayson, but as the game went along, it just felt like the dam was about to break, and break it did. Late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, Utah's front four started to get home. Grayson was forced to make quick decisions and rushed some throws. The dam finally gave way, while getting sacked Grayson had a ball tipped into the air which allowed senior linebacker Jacoby Hale to finish his career in a Utes uniform with an interception. On the day, CSU was only able to manage 12 yards rushing and less than 300 total yards.

Devontae Booker is special

Possibly the most obvious statement out there, but Booker just makes the game easier for this offense. Booker finished with 162 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run that kept CSU at bay early in this game. The question now is whether Booker will come back or try to make a living in the NFL. If he does, indeed, come back, Utah has a major building block heading into spring and the 2015 season.

Travis Wilson kept his name in contention for starting QB

Wilson put a rather emphatic stamp on the QB battle going into the off season. Wilson had 158 yards through the air, with one touchdown and one interception, to go along with 91 yards rushing and three TDs. Wilson had some great reads on the zone read and kept the chains moving all game long. Going into his senior season, with a bowl game MVP in his back pocket, it will be interesting how Wilson progresses this off season. During the off season this past year, Wilson built his body, going into 2015, he needs to build his awareness and fundamentals. Wilson will have flashes of being a very productive weapon at the QB position with his arm and legs. Then he'll have some head scratchers, including some missed deep balls to Kaelin Clay. I believe Wilson can be the starter in 2015, and lead this team to a special season, but it's up to him to put in the work.

What are some of your quick reactions to the blow out win by the Utes?