It was HOT on Saturday, and so was Utah's offense. Utah quarterback Travis Wilson and company bullied the Bulldogs of Fresno State, racking up 526 total yards of offense, 258 through the air and 268 on the ground. The one negative with Christensen's offense Saturday were the 118 yards in penalties. Moving forward, the Utes are going to need to play smarter if they want to continue finding success. That being said, here are the game balls from this weekend’s match-up.
Offense - Travis Wilson & Kenneth Scott
Wilson threw for 181 yards and five touchdowns in just over two and a half quarters of play. Again, like last week, the 6-foot-7 signal caller did not turn the ball over. Wilson looked like the QB we saw through the first five games of last season: precise, decisive, and poised. This team hinges on the health of Wilson, and they will need him to play this way for the next 10 weeks.
Kenneth Scott's hard work and dedication has paid dividends through the first two weeks. He is not merely a distraction from Dres Anderson, he is a legitimate threat. Scott has the best hands on the team, and his ability to adjust and catch the football where no one else can was on full display against the Bulldogs. Scott finished with six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. His first TD on a fade route in the west corner of the north end zone was worthy of Sunday play. His second score off a curl showed that he not only has great hands, but also has great speed as well. Scott is on his way to making a very big name for himself in the league and the nation.
Defense - Defensive Line
Last week, Fresno State managed to rack up 157 yards rushing against a very stout USC defense. This week, the same Utah defensive line that received accusations of being "soft" against Idaho State, held the Bulldogs to 55 yards rushing. Former Utah assistant coach, and current Fresno State coach, Dave Schramm was quoted as saying that Utah's D-line was more physical than last week's opponent USC, a completely different sentiment than we heard last week. The bye week will go a long way to making sure this defense, the line in particular, is healthy and prepared for the trip to Ann Arbor.
Special Teams - Tom Hackett
The Aussie continues to be a game changer! Hackett had five punts for 234 yards. That's good for a 46.8 average. Two of those punts were downed inside the 10 yard line. When teams are closely matched, the one thing that can separate them is special teams play. With a guy like Hackett, Utah has a great advantage.