October 7, 2018 / 6:02 AM / 6 months ago

Utes cut down error-prone No. 14 Cardinal

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Tyler Huntley threw for 199 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-21 passing, and Zack Moss added 160 yards and two scores on the ground to lead Utah to a 40-21 win over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday.

The Utes (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12) snapped a two-game losing streak and scored 17 points off four Stanford turnovers.

The Cardinal (4-2, 2-1) played without star running back Bryce Love. K.J. Costello threw for 381 yards and a touchdown. But Costello also had a pair of second-quarter interceptions and a fourth-quarter fumble.

Utah covered 80 yards in 13 plays and took 6 1/2 minutes off the clock to take a 7-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter. The Utes ran 11 times on the drive, capped by a 7-yard score from Moss off an option pitch.

Back-to-back Stanford turnovers helped Utah extend the lead in the second quarter.

Jaylon Johnson snagged a pass from Costello at the goal line and took it back 100 yards to make it 14-0, and Costello threw another red zone interception to Hauati Pututau on the next drive.

The Utes cashed that turnover in with a second touchdown from Moss. He found a hole on fourth-and-2 and broke free for a 35-yard scamper to make it 21-0 with 2:56 left before halftime.

The Cardinal finally got on the board with a 2-yard plunge from Trevor Speights. JJ Arcega-Whiteside hauled in an 11-yard pass on fourth down to help set up the score.

Utah extended its lead again on a pair of field goals from Matt Gay. He drilled a 48-yarder and 49-yarder to put the Utes up 27-7 early in the third quarter.

Stanford finally found some momentum as the quarter progressed.

Cameron Scarlett scored on a 1-yard dive over the line, and Michael Wilson hauled in a 26-yard scoring catch on the ensuring Cardinal drive. It trimmed Utah’s lead to 27-21 with 1:44 left in the third quarter.

The Utes slammed the door on a comeback in the fourth.

Gay made a 34-yard field goal to give Utah a nine-point lead. On the Utes’ next drive, Huntley shook off a sack and connected with Samson Nacua on a 57-yard strike for his first touchdown pass since the season opener to make it 37-21.

Stanford’s last chance to rally ended when Corrion Ballard recovered a Costello fumble at the Utah 42 with 5:32 left.

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