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Game Balls for the Utah-BYU Game

Utah v BYU Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

It wasn’t pretty but the Utah Utes still went down to Provo and got the job done against the BYU Cougars. Here are my game ball recipients for week 2:

Offense: Tyler Huntley

This decision was a no brainer. Without Tyler Huntley in the lineup the Utes could have seen a different ending to Saturday night’s game. In his second start of the season, Huntley ran the ball for the first three plays of the game. The Utah quarterback finished the game by gaining 89 yards on 19 carries and scored Utah’s one touchdown of the night. He also gave the Utes their sixth 300-yard passing game in the Pac – 12.

Defense: Boobie Hobbs

Saturday was big for Boobie Hobbs. The starting nickel back grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter. Hobbs snatched the ball right out of the air from BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum on second-and-nine. The 29-yard return setup the first points of the game on a Matt Gay 21-yard-field goal.

Special Teams: Matt Gay

The Utes only scored one touchdown. The rest of their points came from Matt Gay – this was like a kicker’s dream game. The former soccer player scored on the 21-yard field goal, mentioned above, to give the Utes a 3-0 lead. On the next drive Utah was unable to get into the end zone and got on the board with a 25 yard field goal from Gay to take a 6-0 lead. It was pretty much the story of the entre game. Gay had Utah’s 9 points in the first half. Gay kicked a 38-yard field goal towards the end of the third quarter – it was Utah’s final points of the night.

Honorable mention:

Filipo Mokofisi also walked out of Lavell Edwards Stadium with an interception. His pick came at the start of the second half, which led to a scoring drive. Defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei knocked down a pass and the ball ended up in Mokofisi’s hands. The interception led to a 5-yard touchdown for Utah.