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Postgame Notes: Utah vs. San Diego State

Sep 17, 2022
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Postgame Notes
No. 14 Utah 35, San Diego State 7
Salt Lake City, Utah (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
Sat., Sept. 17, 2022
Kick: 8:15 p.m. MT | End: 11:22 p.m.
Attendance: 51,602 (sellout)
 
General

  • Utah is 108-36 in Rice-Eccles Stadium since the facility opened in 1998, and 80-25 during the Kyle Whittingham era (2005-present).
  • Utah has won 10 straight games at home (since Dec. 5, 2020) and 21 of its last 22 games in Salt Lake City (since Oct. 6, 2018).
  • Utah leads the all-time series vs. San Diego State, 18-13-1. At home vs. SDSU, the Utes are 10-6 all-time, including a 6-1 mark inside Rice-Eccles Stadium.
  • Utah has won 300 games vs. current members of the Mountain West Conference. It includes Air Force (13), Boise State (2), Colorado State (56), Fresno State (7), Hawaii (15), Nevada (4), New Mexico (33), San Diego State (18), San Jose State (8), UNLV (14), Utah State (79) and Wyoming (51).
  • Kyle Whittingham has been on staff for 231 wins at Utah, including as an assistant coach from 1994-2004. Whittingham, the all-time wins leader in program history, is 146-71 as head coach.
  • Utah is 29-4 in regular season non-conference games since joining the Pac-12 in 2011 and is 20-0 at home during that era.
  • Utah has now sold out Rice-Eccles Stadium in 72 consecutive games, dating back to the 2010 season opener vs. Pittsburgh. It includes a current seating capacity of 51,444 with the completion of the Ken Garff Red Zone in 2021, increasing from a previous capacity of 45,807.
  • Saturday's attendance was the fourth-largest in Rice-Eccles Stadium history.
  • Utah was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since the 2021 regular season finale vs. Colorado. The last time both Utah and its opponent were held scoreless in the opening quarter was in 2021 vs. Washington State.
  • San Diego State won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Utah defended the South goal to begin the game.

Offense

  • Quarterback Cameron Rising started the game 3-of-10 passing for 32 yards. From that point forward, he was 15 of his next 20 for 192 yards (12.8 yards per completion) and a career-high four touchdowns. He finished the game 18-of-30 passing overall (0 INT, 4 TDs) for 224 yards.
  • It is the first four-passing-touchdown game by a Utah quarterback since Tyler Huntley did so vs. USC in 2018.
  • Rising is the first Utah quarterback since Huntley (2017) to pass for 200-plus yards in the first three games of the season.
  • Wide receiver Jaylen Dixon had a career-long rush of 22 yards during the first quarter.
  • Fellow wideout Solomon Enis' 15-yard reception during the second quarter was a season-long, and Enis' longest since Nov. 5, 2021 at Stanford.
  • Tight end Brant Kuithe reeled in a 30-yard touchdown to put Utah on the board during the second quarter. It marks the sixth straight game that a Ute tight end has scored a touchdown.
  • Kuithe has now recorded a receiving touchdown in three straight games for the first time in his career.
  • Kuithe (64 receiving yards) now has 1,867 career receiving yards. It ranks ninth in program history and five yards from tying James Teahan (1978-81) for eighth in the Utah record book.
  • Running back Tavion Thomas rushed 18 yards for a touchdown during the third quarter. In games he has appeared in, it is the 12th straight for the Dayton, Ohio, native to score a rushing touchdown - the longest streak in the Kyle Whittingham era.
  • Fellow running back Micah Bernard had a season-long 26-yard reception during the third quarter.
  • Utah was held scoreless on its game-opening drive, the first time this season the Utes have gone without points to begin a game.

Defense

  • Utah has held back-to-back opponents to under 100 yards passing (Southern Utah—43; SDSU—60). The last time the Utes accomplished this feat was in 2019 (Arizona State—25; Cal—60).
  • Safety Cole Bishop has produced a team-high tackles for Utah in two of three games this season. It includes a career-high performance (12) at Florida in Week 1 and a team-leading nine stops vs. San Diego State.
  • Linebacker Karene Reid had a career-high 1.5 TFL—surpassing his prior career-high of 1.0 vs. Washington State in 2021.
  • Reid contributed his second career interception during the third quarter and returned it a career-long 14 yards. It was Reid's first pick since the Washington State game in 2021 (13-yard return).
  • Defensive end Gabe Reid produced seven tackles (1.0 TFL), both his most as a Ute.
  • Cornerback Zemaiah Vaughn had a career-best two pass breakups on the night.
  • For the second straight game and third time in the last five games, Utah held its opponent went without a third-down conversion for a half (SDSU was 0-for-5 in the first half). It includes the Sept. 10, 2022 game vs. Southern Utah (0-for-6 in the first half) and the Pac-12 Championship vs. Oregon on Dec. 3, 2021 (0-for-5 in the first half).
  • SDSU did not convert a third down until midway through the third quarter on its eighth attempt of the game.
  • Utah held SDSU scoreless on its game-opening drive, the fifth straight game that a Utah opponent has been held scoreless on its game-opening drive (since Dec. 3, 2021 vs. Oregon).
  • The Utes held SDSU to just one passing yard in the second quarter and seven passing yards (on five attempts) during the first half.

Special Teams

  • During a Utah kickoff at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter, Hayden Furey had his first career forced fumble and Caine Savage recorded his first career fumble recovery.
  • Tiquan Gilmore recorded his first career punt return (11 yards) during the third quarter.