Scalley returned the favor Thursday night in Utah's 30-12 victory at BYU. His defensive players returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and a fumble recovery at the BYU 22-yard line led to one of the Utah offense's two TDs.
Utah’s defensive goal in each game is ambitious: “Four and a score.” The Utes hope to get four takeaways and turn one of them into a touchdown. Utah created three turnovers Thursday, directly accounting for 13 points and setting up another seven points.
Thanks mostly to the running of Zack Moss, Ludwig’s offense accounted for 368 yards — including 243 yards in the second half. The next issue is how Utah’s passing game can become more effective, in terms of exploiting Moss’ production and making it easier for him, beginning next Saturday vs. Northern Illinois.
Facing a BYU defense that dropped into coverage, Huntley completed 13 of 16 passes for 106 yards. “We know we need to be more explosive,” Ute coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We need to get the ball down the field more in the throw game.”
Utah receiver Britain Covey joked about the offense’s “Air Raid” identity, with a plan to “pass all day.” That won’t happen, with Moss running the way he did Thursday in gaining 187 yards on 29 carries. But a complementary passing game would be helpful.
Huntley would have posted significantly bigger passing yardage, if not for one dropped pass. Tight end Brant Kuithe was all alone on a crossing route in the second quarter and may have turned the catch into about a 40-yard gain. Kuithe later made a 26-yard reception and Huntley also was aided by Solomon Enis' great catch on the sideline for 12 yards that sustained the offense's first touchdown drive on third and 8.
Demari Simpkins was Utah's leading receiver with four catches for 35 yards, although none of his receptions went for a first down. Covey, Jaylen Dixon and Samson Nacua, Utah's top three receivers last season, each had one catch.
Former Ute receiver Siaosi Mariner caught eight passes for 118 yards and touchdown Friday in Utah State’s 38-35 loss at Wake Forest. Ex-Utah tight end/defensive end Caleb Repp had five receptions for 59 yards.
Utah's defensive touchdowns vs. BYU in this decade: