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Utah 63, UNLV 28 — Game summary, report card

FIRST QUARTER

UTAH 7, UNLV 0

Time: 14:45 remaining

Scoring play: 100-yard kickoff return. Bo Nagahi took kickoff in end zone and handed off at the 10 to Morgan Scalley, who went the remaining 90 yards.

Conversion: David Carroll kick

UTAH 14, UNLV 0

Time: 11:40 remaining

Drive: 27 yards, 1 play, :09

Scoring play: 27-yard pass from Alex Smith to Steve Savoy

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: A blocked punt by Grady Marshall, recovered by Derrek Richards

UTAH 21, UNLV 0

Time: 4:25 remaining

Drive: 8 plays 76 yards, 4:00

Scoring play: 18-yard pass from Smith to Travis LaTendresse

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: Third-down pass from Smith to Savoy, covering 17 yards

UTAH 21, UNLV 7

Time: 1:49 remaining

Drive: 60 yards, 6 plays, 2:37

Scoring play: 4-yard run by Dyante Perkins

Conversion: Sergio Aguayo kick

Key play: 34-yard shovel pass from Shane Steichen to Alvin Marshall

UTAH 28, UNLV 7

Time: 0:24 remaining

Drive: 80 yards, 3 plays, 1:25

Scoring play: 70-yard run by Smith

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key Play: Smith's big run

SECOND QUARTER

UTAH 35, UNLV 7

Time: 14:07 remaining

Drive: 34 yards, 3 plays, 1:05

Scoring play: 29-yard run by Savoy on reverse

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: UNLV fumble recovered by Jonathan Fanene at UNLV 34

UTAH 35, UNLV 14

Time: 6:44 remaining

Drive: 64 yards, 4 plays, 1:59

Scoring play: 38-yard run by Dominique Dorsey

Conversion: Aguayo kick

Key play: 20-yard run by Dyante Perkins

UTAH 42, UNLV 14

Time: 0:20 remaining

Drive: 89 yards, 10 plays, 3:07

Scoring play: 9-yard pass from Smith to Paris Warren

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: UNLV penalty on fourth-down punt, giving Utah a first down

THIRD QUARTER

UTAH 49, UNLV 14

Time: 10:49 remaining

Scoring play: 6-yard interception return by Steve Fifita

Conversion: Carroll kick

UTAH 49, UNLV 21

Time: 8:05 remaining

Drive: 78 yards, 6 plays, 2:42

Scoring play: 28-yard run by Dorsey

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: 24-yard run by Dorsey

UTAH 56, UNLV 21

Time: 2:23 remaining

Drive: 7 yards, 2 plays, 1:42

Scoring play: 2-yard run by Marty Johnson

Conversion: Carroll kick

Key play: UNLV fumble recovered by Tevita Kemoeatu

UTAH 63, UNLV 21

Time: 1:42 remaining

Scoring play: Shaun Harper recovery in end zone of blocked punt by Billy Kinsey

Conversion: Carroll kick

FOURTH QUARTER

UTAH 63, UNLV 28

Time: 6:00 remaining

Drive: 92 yards, 16 plays, 7:17

Scoring play: 25-yard run by Shane Steichen

Conversion: Aguayo kick

Key play: Fourth-down run by Chad Henley to keep drive alive


Utah Report Card

GRADE A

Offense

With 433 yards, the offense didn't come close to matching last week's 669-yard total, but didn't need to, thanks to the play of the special teams, which provided two scores and the defense, which gave the Utes good field position all night. Alex Smith passed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards, including an exciting 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

GRADE B+

Defense

The Ute defense played well, forcing four turnovers and scoring a touchdown on an interception return by Steve Fifita. However, giving up 28 points and 422 yards, including rushing yards by 179 by Dominick Dorsey was a negative.

GRADE A+

Special teams

Besides scoring on the opening kickoff, the special teams scored on a blocked punt in the third quarter and set up another touchdown with a blocked punt in first quarter.

GRADE A

Overall

The Utes couldn't have asked for much more than a 35-point victory and being able to resting their starters for much of the second half.