A battle for Pac-12 supremacy and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff got off to a fun start in Salt Lake City, as Utah stepped up before halftime to cut Washington’s lead to 14-10 before heading to the locker room.
The Huskies’ offense sputtered a bit in the hostile environment of Rice-Eccles Stadium as they face what is likely their stiffest road test of the year. Quarterback Jake Browning was just 7-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown as he was forced to move around in the pocket on nearly every pass. Tailback Myles Gaskin was able to average 5.8 yards a carry but wasn’t heard from much after a quick start to the game.
Utah completely flipped the momentum midway through the second quarter when they captured their 15th interception of the season as Chase Hansen stepped in front of an under thrown ball from Browning. It was Washington’s first turnover in over a month and one that the Utes made them pay for with a Joe Williams touchdown run a few minutes later.
Williams finished the half with 110 yards to help pick up the offense that didn’t get much of anything going through the air against the stingiest defense in the Pac-12. Quarterback Troy Williams was just 5-of-15 for 25 yards against his old team but did add 24 yards on the ground.
The Utes added a late field goal as time expired in the half as well and will get the ball back to start the third quarter.
It all sets up what should be a fun second half between the two teams tied for the lead in their respective Pac-12 divisions.