Once again, the 10th ranked Utah Utes were without starting quarterback Cam Rising as the senior still looks to get cleared to play.
After some close calls this year without him, the Utah defense couldn’t work it’s magic as No. 10 Utah lost its first game of the season in a 21-7 defeat on the road. The loss was Utah’s first of the year as the Utes dropped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play.
For the first time since 2018 (vs. Washington), Utah was held to under 200 yards of total offense, finishing the game with 198 yards (141 passing and 57 rushing). Utah’s rushing yard total was also the first time since 2021 (at San Diego State) that they’ve been held under 100 yards on the ground.
Utah recorded 14 first downs in the game, but was just 2-of-13 on third down conversions while Oregon State were able to convert on four third downs (4-of-15) and two fourth downs (2-of-3).
“Oregon State came right out from the get go with an excellent game plan, both on offense and on defense,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “Give them (Oregon State) all the credit. They made plays, we didn’t make plays. We had one touchdown and not even 200 yards of offense. We’re going to win exactly zero games doing that.”
Late in the fourth quarter, the Utes were able to find the end zone with 5 minutes to go in the game with. Thomas Yassmin hauled in a season-long 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Johnson to cap off a three-play, 55-yard drive to get on the board.
The Utes head into their BYE week this week prior to taking on California at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14. The game time and TV network information will be announced soon.