Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
U of U Sports
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon cover University of Utah sports teams for The Salt Lake Tribune. Matt Piper is on twitter at @matthew_piper, Kyle Goon is on twitter at @kylegoon

» E-mail Matt Piper

» E-mail Kyle Goon

» Subscribe (RSS)

Utah's solid effort in all phases earns huge win

The Utah Utes knew they needed strong efforts from every phase of their game to have a chance to beat the Stanford Cardinal Saturday. Boy did they deliver.

From Travis Wilson bouncing back from his performance of a week ago, to the breakout effort of running back Bubba Poole to the solid play of the lines and the physicality of the defense, Utah came through with a stunning victory over the Cardinal on Saturday.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

A few of the highlights from the players and coaches.

First there was the coaching, with the Utes deciding to use running back James Poole on swing passes that hurt Stanford on the perimeter and also opened up holes inside.

"What we did game-plan wise was perfect," Wilson said. "We wanted to spread the ball to the perimeter more and that is hat we did. It worked like we wanted it to."

Wilson suffered a cut on his thumb but said he was fine. Mentally he is fine too, bouncing back from the six interceptions last week with a solid performance Saturday.

"He is tough as nails," Whittingham said. "I had a feeling he was going to come back and put it behind him and we talked all week long that not all those interceptions were on him and he bounced back with a lot of competitive spirit. It showed up tonight."

As for the lines, Whittingham said both the offensive and defensive lines "came to play."

"They were asserting themselves and coming together," he said. "We need to see that happen the rest of the season."

When it came to the end of the game, Whittingham said the Utes wanted to speed things up and put pressure on Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan.

"We went with a max blitz on the last play and we executed it well," he said.

All in all it was a great win for the Utes, one in which they can build on, the players said.

"It's a huge win but we expect to win close games," receiver Dres Anderson said. "We've been working hard for it all season and hopefully we can have a good season going forward."

- Lya Wodraska

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Utah Football Schedule
Utah Basketball Schedule
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.