A defense that can't get to the quarterback can generally make up for that deficiency with good linebackers and a good defensive backfield.
A defense that can't cover any wide receivers can generally make up for that deficiency with a fearsome front that can put pressure on a quarterback.
A defense that can't do either will suffer and generally suffer greatly.
On Saturday night, Utah's defense couldn't do either.
In what was a disappointing 51-48 overtime defeat, the Utes let Brandin Cooks go wild with 210 receiving yards and the game-winning touchdown catch. They allowed Sean Mannion to do whatever he wanted in the pocket to the tune of 443 passing yards and five touchdown tosses. They allowed Richard Mullaney seven receptions and 142 yards, and a critical fourth down catch when one more incompletion would've likely meant victory.<