Rising throws career-high 4 TDs as No. 14 Utah overwhelms San Diego St in 35-7 win

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SALT LAKE CITY — The sport does not begin till the second quarter for No. 14 Utah soccer in 2022.

After a sluggish begin in Week 2 towards Southern Utah, the Utes have been held scoreless in the primary quarter on Saturday towards a San Diego State crew that made Utah look common on offense. But in the second quarter, identical to the week earlier than, Utah’s offense clicked.

Utah scored 21 unanswered factors in the quarter, together with back-to-back landing receptions from large receivers Solomon Enis and Devaughn Vele — the primary landing receptions to receivers this season — to take a three-score lead into the halftime break.

In the top, Utah wrapped up its nonconference slate with a 35-7 win over San Diego State (1-2), leaving little doubt on the sphere a yr after the Aztecs claimed a win over the Utes in three additional time intervals. Since its Week 1 loss to Florida, the Utes have gone on a 108-14 scoring run in the final two video games.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned the sluggish begin in back-to-back weeks was the “largest disappointment” from the sport, however attributed it to the offense not having the ability to get right into a “rhythm.”

“They have been slanting and shifting, which they do each week — that was no shock,” Whittingham mentioned. “We simply did not hit motion actual nicely in the primary quarter and a half and simply discovered methods to kill drives. We’ll take a look at the movie and see if there’s any widespread denominators between final week and this week, however as soon as we acquired going and acquired momentum, then the floodgates form of opened and we put the sport away mid third quarter.”

In the primary quarter, Utah (2-1) struggled to get a primary down, quarterback Cam Rising missed his targets, the receivers did not get any separation, and there wasn’t something in the run sport to maneuver the sticks. That all principally modified when Rising linked on a 15-yard move up the seam to Enis about 5 minutes into the quarter.

From that second on, Utah’s offense was numerous and the ball moved with ease, though Whittingham mentioned he was a bit disenchanted the crew solely completed with 174 dashing yards.

“Just talked about it proper after that first quarter and actually simply wished to collect ourselves and get again and begin enjoying our model of soccer,” Rising mentioned of the shift on offense.

Rising completed the primary half throwing for 162 of the crew’s 260 complete yards of offense and three touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing. He completed the evening with 224 yards and 4 touchdowns — a profession excessive for the beginning QB — on 18-of-30 passing earlier than being pulled early in the fourth quarter.

The profession evening for Rising meant “nothing,” he mentioned; it simply meant “that we received the soccer sport; that is all I actually care about.”

Rising was changed by backup Bryson Barnes, who completed with solely 3 dashing yards on one carry and no passes in simply over 11 minutes of play. Instead, it become the Jaylon Glover run-out-the-clock technique to shut out the sport. Glover acquired further minutes after operating again Chris Curry exited the sport with an harm after his solely run of the evening — an 8-yard rush.

Whittingham mentioned after the sport that Curry suffered a season-ending harm on the play.

“Unfortunately, it seems like Chris Curry’s gone for the season,” he mentioned. “That breaks my coronary heart. Great child, nice teammate, all he does is figure laborious, does not complain, and he is an amazing chief for us, and so we’ll miss his management. Fortunately, he does have one other yr, and so we’ll get him again subsequent yr, however that is the massive downer from the sport.”

Makai Cope (11) and Brant Kuithe (80) of the Utah Utes jump after scoring a touchdown against the San Diego State Aztecs in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept.  17, 2022.
Makai Cope (11) and Brant Kuithe (80) of the Utah Utes leap after scoring a landing towards the San Diego State Aztecs in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Photo: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

Outside of Rising’s connections on the finish of the primary half with Enis and Vele, the beginning quarterback opened up the crew’s scoring run on a 30-yard toss to an open Brant Kuithe to present the house crew a 7-0 lead, and it was all Utah from there.

Just earlier than the half, San Diego State fumbled the ball on a kickoff return and Utah’s Caine Savage recovered it on the 27-yard line to arrange the Utes for one more rating earlier than the half — a 15-yard sideline catch by Vele in the top zone as he dragged his toes inbounds.

The Aztecs burned by means of their depth on the quarterback place early after starter Braxton Burmeister left the sport in the second quarter when he took a tough hit by Utah edge participant Miki Suguturaga. The Aztecs moved to redshirt freshman Will Haskell for one collection earlier than switching to freshman Kyle Crum for the rest of the sport after Suguturaga had one other hit on the Aztecs QB.

Crum completed the evening throwing for 53 yards on 5-of-16 passing, and orchestrated the crew’s finest drive of the evening in the fourth quarter to get into Utah territory with most of Utah’s defensive starters on the sideline. The drive, nonetheless, ended with a turnover on downs when Crum missed his meant receiver and Utah took over on their 26-yard line.

Late in the sport, although, San Diego State recovered a muffed punt by Utah, and scrum discovered Joshua Nicholson for an 18-yard landing for the Aztecs’ solely rating of the evening.

“Defense was strong from begin to end — did quit a landing there on the finish off the fumbled punt return, which is unlucky to see, that was our solely turnover of the evening,” Whittingham mentioned. “But performed a very good run protection, and that is actually a place to begin for us on D is to remove the run, pressure individuals to throw the ball after which get after the quarterback.”

Between the three quarterbacks for the Aztecs, they solely managed seven completions for 60 yards. And like Suguturaga’s assault on San Diego State, Utah’s protection held the Aztecs to only 43 yards of complete offense in the primary half and 173 complete yards in the sport.

Karene Reid added an interception in the center of the sphere on San Diego State’s first drive of the second half to arrange an 18-yard dashing landing by Tavion Thomas 4 performs later. Reid completed with 4 tackles, together with 1.5 tackles for loss, and the interception.

“I used to be accountable for the operating again, and so it simply seemed like I may assist elsewhere, learn the quarterback’s eyes and was fortunate sufficient to be in that place,” Reid mentioned of the play.

Safety Cole Bishop led a Utah protection that held San Diego State to only 113 yards dashing and 60 yards passing. The sophomore security completed with a team-high 9 tackles, one move breakup and a half deal with for loss in the win. In complete, Utah’s protection completed with two sacks, seven tackles for loss and one pressured fumble.

“Last yr they ran the ball loads towards us and that was a giant level this week, was simply being bodily and making an attempt to out-physical them and never allow them to run the ball as a lot as they’ll,” Bishop mentioned. “And I feel we did that fairly nicely.”

Utah returns to motion on Saturday when it opens up convention play on the street towards an Arizona State crew that’s simply 1-2 on the season after a 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan.


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Josh is the Sports Director for KSL.com and beat author of University of Utah athletics — primarily soccer, males’s basketball and gymnastics. He can also be an Associated Press Top 25 voter for faculty soccer.

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