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Grading out the Utes win over Oregon State

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NCAA Football: Utah at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Offense - A

The Utah offense looked to have hit a new gear against the Beavers on Saturday night. Granted, it’s Oregon State and Oregon State absolutely stinks but regardless, when your offense looks as good as the Utes did on the road against a conference opponent, you deserve an ‘A’ grade. Tyler Huntley continues to be the most efficient QB in the country and is making a real case as the best season by a Utah signal-caller since 2004 Alex Smith. Zack Moss returned and had a measly 121 yards on 5 carries - good for 24.2 yards per carry. Jordan Wilmore and Devin Brumfield both found the endzone for this first time in their Utah careers, and Utah eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. All in all, not a showing by the Utes.

Defense - A

Much like the offense, the defense for the Utes looked too dominant for the Beavers. We’ve come to expect dominance from this defense and against Oregon State, there should be no question. But Jake Luton was having a sneakily decent season, that ended Saturday night. Luton had entered week 7 with the longest passing streak without an interception in the country. That was until Devin Lloyd took an interception 64 yards to the house for a Utah score. This defense has looked much better after their disappointing loss to USC and they will need to continue to dominate this coming week against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Special Teams - B

It says a lot about the faith Kyle Whittingham has in his kicking game when he elects to go for it on fourth down from the opponent’s 30-yard line rather than attempt a field goal. But you really can’t blame Whit for having little confidence in anything the Utes attempt to do on special teams after the showing they’ve had this season. We’ve reached the point in the season where the special teams unit is what it is and it’s a long-shot that they will make any drastic improvements over the course of these next 6 weeks, but hopefully, they can return to the point where a 40-yard field goal is not out of the question.