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Postgame Notes: Utah at Arizona State

Sep 24, 2022
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Postgame Notes
No. 13 Utah 34, (at) Arizona State 13
Tempe, Ariz. (Sun Devil Stadium)
Sat., Sept. 24, 2022
Kick: 7:35 p.m. AZT | End: 10:42 p.m.
Attendance: 39,876
 
General

  • Utah is 54-42 all-time in Pac-12 play and 24-23 in regular season Pac-12 road games.
  • Utah has won back-to-back Pac-12 openers, following the team's 24-13 win over Washington State in 2021.
  • Since 2019, Utah is 20-4 in Pac-12 regular season games, including an 8-3 mark on the road.
  • During the Kyle Whittingham era (2005-present), Utah is 65-22 when ranked in the AP Poll.
  • Whittingham, the winningest head coach in program history, is 147-71 at the helm of the Utes. He has been part of 232 wins as either head coach or as an assistant (1994-2004). He has coached in 343 games at Utah and 218 as head coach.
  • For the first time in recorded program history, Utah has won three straight games vs. Arizona State (2019, '21, '22).
  • The Utes have won five of the last seven meetings with ASU.
  • The Utes are 5-7 all-time in conference openers since joining the Pac-12 and are 9-9 in conference openers (including Mountain West) in the Kyle Whittingham era.
  • This is the second time Utah has opened Pac-12 play with Arizona State. The first was also on the road during the 2012 season.
  • Utah last won in Tempe in 2016. While ASU holds a 22-11 all-time series lead, the series is tighter in the Pac-12 era (since 2011) with a 6-5 ASU lead.
  • Arizona State won the coin toss, deferred, and elected to defend the North end zone.

 
Offense

  • Quarterback Cameron Rising was 19-of-29 passing for 260 yards (long 72) and two touchdowns against no sacks and one interception. Rising also rushed three times for 27 yards (long 11).
  • Rising completed a season-long 12 consecutive pass attempts up until about the 4:00 mark of the second quarter. Rising had completed 11 straight passes vs. San Diego State in Week 3.
  • Rising found tight end Thomas Yassmin for a 72-yard reception in the third quarter. Both the pass for Rising and reception for Yassmin were career-longs. The 72-yard completion is the longest completion by Utah since 2020 against Washington State.
  • Rising is the first Utah quarterback since 2013 (Travis Wilson) to pass for 200 yards in the first four games of the season.
  • Wide receiver Devaughn Vele had a career-high six receptions and season-high 63 receiving yards.
  • With tight end Dalton Kincaid's 29-yard score in the first quarter, a Utah tight end has recorded a receiving touchdown in seven straight games (since Nov. 26, 2021 vs. Colorado). It is the longest active streak in FBS.
  • Kincaid recorded his second multi-receiving-touchdown game this season, and third as a Ute. His last came against Southern Utah in Week 2. Kincaid now has 31 career touchdown receptions.
  • Fellow tight end Brant Kuithe has recorded a reception in 32 straight games played, entering the weekend tied for the fifth-longest active streak in FBS.
  • Kuithe had two receptions for 15 yards during the first half. It brings Kuithe to 1,882 career receiving yards and places Kuithe eighth all-time in Utah history. He passed James Teahan (1,872 from 1978-81).
  • Wide receiver Jaylen Dixon picked up his first rushing touchdown since Oct. 10, 2019 (which also came against Arizona State). This was his third career rushing touchdown. His other two came during the 2019 season.
  • Freshman running back Jaylon Glover made his first career start and rushed a career-high 13 times on the night. His previous career-best was nine, last coming vs. San Diego State.
  • Fellow running back Tavion Thomas ran a season-long carry of 28-yards during the third quarter.
  • Lining up at running back, Ja'Quinden Jackson (who primarily plays quarterback) scored his second career rushing touchdown, and first of the season, during the second quarter.
  • The Utes scored 14 points in the first quarter–notable as the team had a combined 14 points in the first quarter between its first three games of the season.

 
Defense

  • Utah allowed just six rushing yards on the night—the seventh-fewest for an opponent in program history.
  • Utah has allowed just two touchdowns in its last 10 quarters of play (beginning with the 2nd vs. Southern Utah and through the end of the game at Arizona State). Both opponent touchdowns during that stretch (one each vs. San Diego State and ASU) came during the fourth quarter.
  • Five Utah sacks matches the most for the team since the Utes' 2021 game at Stanford.
  • Linebacker Karene Reid recorded a season-high 10 tackles and tied his career-high with 1.5 TFL.
  • Defensive end Van Fillinger also set a season-best with five tackles.
  • Linebacker Lander Barton and defensive end Gabe Reid each now have a sack in two of the last three games. Reid added another sack later in the first half to secure his first multi-sack game as a Ute.
  • During the second quarter, cornerback Clark Phillips III recorded his first interception of the season and fourth of his career. It extended Utah's streak to six consecutive games with a takeaway.
  • Safety R.J. Hubert recorded his second forced fumble of the season (third of his career) late in the third quarter. Cornerback Malone Mataele came in for the fumble recovery, Mataele's first recovery as a Ute.
  • Fellow safety Cole Bishop collected his first career interception during the fourth quarter.
  • Utah's opponents have been held scoreless on their game-opening drive in six straight games, dating back to the 2021 Pac-12 Championship.
  • In addition, opponents have been held scoreless on second half opening drives in four straight games (dating back to the Rose Bowl Game).

 
Special Teams

  • Kicker Jordan Noyes connected on field goals of 23 and 28 yards. Noyes has made all five of his field goal attempts this season.