Redemption. After two tough weeks, led his team back from two big deficits throwing for a career high 362 yards. He didn't look like the same timid, sulking player we saw against TCU and Notre Dame.
The Offensive Play Calling
The offense was diverse and unpredictable. The big plays came back, Aaron Roderick let his players make plays, and it made all the difference.
The Utah defense forced three turnovers, including two in the final few minutes to ice the game. The Brandon Burton interception before the half ended up being worth 10 to 14 points.
The Character of the Team
This goes for both the coaches and the players. After two of the worst weeks in Utah football history, this team bounced back, despite being down by three scores multiple times in the game. They didn't stop fighting and showed a lot of character.
Third Down Defense
SDSU converted 8 of 12 third won opportunities with a couple of those leading to touchdowns. The third down defense was much better earlier in the year and will need to be better against BYU to keep a young, improving offense off of the field.
They're finally starting to mount up as Sealver Siliga missed the game and J.J. Williams is out again. No Junior Tui'one or Brad Clifford again. Trevor Reilly is likely out against BYU. The Utes avoided the injury bug for the most part earlier in the year, but are now on par with most teams out there.
The Pass Defense
528 yards by Lindley? Really? This should be one of the best secondaries in the country, yet Lindley, Brown, and Sampson kept moving the chains at will through the air.
The Utes travel to San Diego with second place in the MWC on the line.…