Utah football: Clutch drive key to victory

Published October 10, 2009 10:04 pm
Trailing by a touchdown, Utah put together what might have been its best drive of the season.
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Just when things were falling apart for the Utah Utes, they patched themselves together with their best drive of the day Saturday.

Down a touchdown to CSU, the Utes put together a 17-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard scoring run by Eddie Wide that took eight minutes and 45 seconds in the second half.

The drive was as workmanlike and efficient as the Utes have had this season.

"We didn't do anything different," quarterback Terrance Cain said. "We just came together and started playing ball."

Actually, the Utes did do something different, converting three third downs in the drive. The Utes converted their last seven after going 2-of-7 earlier in the game.

"Earlier in the game we were sputtering," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We were moving the ball OK, but we'd find a way to screw drives up."

The Utes used a nice mix of plays in the drive, with Cain completing passes to Jereme Brooks, David Reed and Elijah Wesson while Wide and Cain led the rushing attack.

"I tried to stay calm and lead the team to victory," Cain said. "We all just came together and finished the drive."

Wide scored on a 1-yard run.

"It was a heck of a drive," Whittingham said. "The poise and execution level our players had, the momentum was on Colorado State's side and we just had to turn it around."

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