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Utes finally put together complete game

The Utah Utes played their most complete game of the year in beating the Cal Bears 49-27 Saturday, scoring in all three phases of the game.

"That is what you need," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

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The quick start is what the Utes needed too as the Utes finally avoided many of the mistakes that forced them to play from behind in other games.

The returns by Reggie Dunn will be the TV highlights, but it was Utah's ground game in the second quarter that was most impressive.

Unfortunately Kelvin York, who had 11 carries for 51 yards, left the game early with an injury then left the field with his foot in a boot. The Utes won't now how long he'll be out until he undergoes more tests.

Ok here are the grades.

Overall - A- The Utes would have gotten an 'A+' if it weren't for the way the Utes gave up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Still, the overall effort has to be encouraging for the Utes.

From the quick start to the good effort of the ground game the Utes looked more like the team everyone expected to see this year.

Offense - A

The Utes finally finished their drives and found a run game by using both John White and Kelvin York. Unfortunately the Utes may not have York for their upcoming games, but at least White looked more like his old self, rushing 22 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Travis Wilson was 16-for-24 for 156 yards with an interception. He still looks very much like a freshman at times, but continues to improve.

Defense - B

The Utes held Cal to just four yards in the second quarter but then gave up two touchdowns in the fourth. The game already was decided, but Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he didn't like how the defense softened.

Biggest improvement were the four sacks the Utes had.

Defensive end Joe Kruger said the Utes' work on fundamentals this week paid off for them.

Corner Ryan Lacy also did a nice job on Cal receiver Keenan Allen who only had two catches for 24 yards in the first three quarters. He finished with five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Special Teams - A

Reggie Dunn served up the backbreaking play of the game when he scored on a 100-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. It was his second of the night and third of his career. He is just the 16th player in NCAA history to score with two kick returns in a game.

The Utes didn't attempt a field goal, so no drama there.

Coaching - A

From the offense to the defense the Utes seemed more prepared for the Bears than recent opponents. Whittingham said moving Brian Johnson down to the field gave the Utes a spark and he'll remain there for the foreseeable future.

He'll still call the plays while Aaron Roderick will remain in the booth.

"Aaron knows what to look for and see in coverages," Whittingham said.

- Lya Wodraska



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