Utah got off to a 1-0 start in Pac-12 play this past Friday, as they rallied to beat USC 31-27. The Utes had their struggles against the super talented team from LA, but they had some key names step up and play very well, especially at the quarterback position. Here’s my game balls for the win over the Trojans.
Utah’s first year starting quarterback has made an impressive mark on the program already. He’s added a vertical dimension to the game that Utah hasn’t had since joining the Pac-12, and his leadership is evident with this team. Against Trojans, he was limited in the first half, as the run game was really productive, something that he was a part of. He only had 17 yards rushing on the night, but 10 of those 17 came on one run for a 10 yard touchdown scamper.
Williams made his fame during the second half, where he consistently carved up the Trojans defense. In the game he threw for 270 yards on 21-of-34 passing 2 touchdowns, but an even bigger 0 interceptions. Williams had excellent protection from his offensive line, and was able to utilize that protection to help dig Utah out of 14 point hole.
Utah’s defense had its struggles against USC’s talented offensive line and running backs, but one person really stood out to me, and that’s Chase Hansen. The sophomore safety was all over the field, and has consistently shown the ability to make big plays. He had 7 tackles on the night, with 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery, as well as a pass break up. The future for this kid is very, very bright.
It’s pretty impressive when your worst game as a punter your long punt is “only” 58 yards, and you average 49.6 yards per punt. The Utes have another weapon at punter, and that’s a great weapon to have.
Who gets your game balls for this week?