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After the Utah offense showed some positive signs in a loss to Washington State, the coaching staff came out of the game “feeling like we didn’t finish,” tight ends coach Freddie Whittingham said. “We made progress, but we didn’t finish.”
The Utes finished very well in last weekend's 40-21 victory at Stanford. Even before Samson Nacua's touchdown reception from Tyler Huntley gave Utah a 37-21 lead, there was a key sequence. Stanford had cut the lead to 27-21 and appeared unstoppable with K.J. Costello's passing. Utah's offense responded. Tyler Huntley's 13-yard pass to Nacua and Zack Moss' 21-yard run got the Utes going, and they moved to the Cardinal 16-yard line before settling for a field goal. Matt Gay's kick was critical, giving the Utes a nine-point lead, and then Maxs Tupai's sack stopped Stanford's next drive.
Those are the kind of key plays the Utes will need going forward, starting with Arizona's visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday night.
Chase Hansen talked last week about the offense and defense needing to play well at the same time, and that’s what happened at Stanford. (TRIB)
It was a good sign that picking a player of the game and a play of the game was difficult. (TRIB)
The one-year anniversary of Gary Andersen’s departure from Oregon State was a reminder of how important he has become in his third stint as a Ute assistant coach. (TRIB)
Tribune columnist Gordon Monson observed that the performance at Stanford fulfilled what everyone thought of the Utes going into the season. (TRIB)
Nacua animatedly talked about his big catch. Come for the video, stay for the story of how he lifted the Ute receiving corps with that play. (TRIB)
Christopher Kamrani is in San Francisco this week for the Pac-12 Basketball Media Days. Here’s his look at Lynne Roberts' women’s team. (TRIB)
And here’s his initial look at where the Utes rank in the preseason men’s poll. (TRIB)
Nobody analyzes the Pac-12 like Jon Wilner, who outlined Utah’s path to a potential Pac-12 South title. (MERC)
Utah’s win at Stanford merited a climb in The Arizona Republic’s Pac-12 rankings. (REP)
Former Ute women’s basketball player Emily Potter, who wrote for the student newspaper, has some poignant thoughts about moving into a professional career. (POST)
Here’s a look at the Utes from an Arizona perspective. (SWARM)
Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News expounded on Tupai’s emergence. (DNEWS)
• Utah’s basketball connections to Finland via former Ute star Hanno Mottola apparently have helped coach Larry Krystkowiak land a commitment from another player in the class of 2019.
Mikael Jantunen, a 6-foot-8 forward, plans to sign with Utah in November, 247 Sports reported. Jantunen would join Olympus High School guard Rylan Jones and Pleasant Grove center Matt Van Komen in Utah's recruiting class.
Jantunen has “tremendous overall feel for the game,” said Mottola, an assistant coach for Jantunen's Helsinki Basketball Academy team.
Now ranked No. 24 among power forwards in the collegiate recruiting class of 2019, Jantunen also received interest from Stanford, Oregon State and other schools are after averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds for Finland in the recent FIBA U18 European Championships. The 18-year-old forward also played for the Finnish Senior National Team in the World Cup qualifier.
Krystkowiak's team will stage the annual Night with the Runnin' Utes on Wednesday (7 p.m.) at the Huntsman Center.
• Utah’s Carly Nelson was named the Pac-12 goalkeeper of the year after the Utes shut out Washington and No. 7 Washington State in women’s soccer. The Utes (6-6-1, 3-2 Pac-12) will try for a fourth consecutive shutout, hosting Oregon State on Saturday (1 p.m.).
• Utah’s women’s volleyball team fell out of the Top 25 after losing at home to No. 2 Stanford in four sets and to California in five sets. The Utes (9-8, 1-5 Pac-12) continue their four-match homestand Thursday (7 p.m.) against Oregon State and Sunday (noon) against No. 14 Oregon at the Huntsman Center.