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Utah report card

Offense — GRADE D-plus

The Utes finally got off to a decent start, but could manufacture very little down the stretch. They completed just 15-of-31 passes and rushed for just 109 yards. MWC rushing leader Quinton Ganther was held to 47 yards on 22 carries.

Defense — GRADE C

While the Utes did a pretty good job on TCU quarterback Tye Gunn, who was just 8-of17 passing for 88 yards, they had trouble defending the run. True freshman Aaron Brown racked up 163 yards on 17 carries.

Special teams — GRADE C

Brent Casteel had 89 yards returning kickoffs and Dan Beardall made two field goals and a pair of PATs. It wasn't enough, however, to compensate for poor kick coverage and a personal foul on a punt. Punting, in generally, was subpar.

Overall — GRADE C-minus

Utah's winning ways came to an end for a variety of reasons. Converting on just 8-of-23 third-down situations didn't cut it on a muggy night in Fort Worth. The final blow came on defense when a pick play by TCU left receiver Michael DePriest wide open for the winning score in OT