Utah Utes football live blog: Utah wins second straight with rout of San Diego State

The Utes were a big favorite at home vs. the Aztecs.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The University of Utah celebrates their win over San Diego State at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Sept. 17, 2022.

Final: Utah 35, San Diego State 7

The Utes won their second straight game behind a complete performance against the Aztecs. Quarterback Cam Rising finished the game 18-of-30 with four touchdowns (a career high) and 224 yards, while wide receiver Devaughn Vele caught two TD passes.

Rising threw to seven different receivers Saturday.

Utah limited the Aztecs to just 173 yards of total offense.

End of 3: Utah 35, SDSU 0

Of note by the end of the quarter was running back Chris Curry going down on run play and then needing to be helped off the field. He could not put weight on one of his legs.

Utah 35, San Diego State 0

The Utes continued their onslaught of the Aztecs when Cam Rising threw a 3-yard floating touchdown pass to wide receiver Devaughn Vele, his second TD catch of the game.

Rising’s touchdown pass in the third quarter was his fourth of the game, a career high.

Clark Phillips III leaves game briefly

Early in the third quarter, cornerback Clark Phillips III, a key player in Utah’s defense, left the game with an apparent injury. He was seen walking on his own power into the team’s medical tent.

Phillips came out of the medical tent later in the quarter and was seen standing on the sideline wearing his helmet, indicating he was no worse for the wear.

Halftime: Utah 21, SDSU 0

Rising started just 2-of-7 in the game, but found his form later and found three touchdown passes — one to tight end Brant Kuite, one to wide receiver Solomon Enis, and the last to Vele.

The Utes ended the half on with a touchdown drive that came as a result of recovering a San Diego State fumble on their kickoff.

Utah 7, SDSU 0

After Cam Rising got sacked and the Utes offense still looked stuck in mud, a few effective play calls pushed the Utes over the edge. Rising threw two big passes to wide receiver Solomon Enis, setting up the 30-yard touchdown pass tight end Brant Kuithe.

Utah 0, SDSU 0

Utes Quarterback Cam Rising struggled, but their defense held their own. Neither team sniffed the red zone all quarter.

Utah, 1-1 and coming off a stomping of Southern Utah, is a 21.5-point favorite over SDSU at Rice-Eccles Stadium tonight.

How to watch

Kickoff: 8 p.m. MT

TV: ESPN2 | Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon

Radio: ESPN 700 AM in Salt Lake City (Bill Riley, Scott Mitchell); Utah call on Sirius (119 or 203) or on the app (966)

Pregame storylines

Kyle Whittingham doesn’t love college football’s overtime rules

Utes running back Chris Curry is benefitting from staying the course after transferring from LSU

• But Tavion Thomas is still RB1 despite some ball security issues

Take a look back at last year’s matchup and the rise of Cam Rising