Efficient and steady, Brian Johnson threw for 312 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 37 yards. Darrell Mack rushed for a career-high 163 yards and three touchdowns and the team scored 44 points.
Giving up 35 points against just any team is not a great defensive effort, but against Louisville and quarterback Brian Brohm, it is worthy of notice. The front seven sacked Brohm three times and batted down four passes.
Louie Sakoda pinned the Cardinals deep in their own territory on several punts while a fake field goal gave the Utes a first-and-goal and led to their fourth touchdown. The return games for both sides were a nonissue in deciding the outcome.
It was not perfect, but it was certainly what the Utes needed and a big win. Utah beat Louisville in all three facets of the game. A performance such as this can only give the Utes the confidence they need to get back in the Mountain West title hunt.