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Utah football: Bradlee Anae makes a Captain Insano play; reliving Huntley-to-Nacua TD connection

Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) hammers Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Michael Wilson (4) to the ground as Utah and Stanford play a football game in Palo Alto, California, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae hammers Stanford wide receiver Michael Wilson to the ground during the Utes' victory over Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae drew a Hollywood comparison for his throw-down of Stanford receiver Michael Wilson on a reverse in the first quarter of Saturday’s 40-21 Utah victory.

“It was kind of Captain Insano,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, referencing a character in the movie “The Waterboy.”

Captain Insano showed “no mercy” according to a line in the film by Adam Sandler.

In the game, Anae threw Wilson to the ground for a 1-yard loss.

“He thought he was going to go somewhere,” Anae said. “He wasn’t going anywhere. Let’s just say that.”

Whittingham acknowledged it was a great play by Anae.

“He played his responsibility exactly right — stayed home, was disciplined and that’s why you do that, so you can make plays.”

THE THROW: Utah’s first touchdown pass since Aug. 30 began with quarterback Tyler Huntley shaking off a defender and then making a strong throw to the left and connecting with receiver Samson Nacua. The 57-yard pass play came in the fourth quarter.

“We have progression going that way on that side of the field,” Huntley said. “So I knew where Samson was going to be at and I just pretty much found him.”

UTE PROUD: Friday night marks Utah’s fifth annual “Ute Proud” game. Representatives from the Ute Tribe will be introduced to the crowd and a cultural demonstration by the Pow Wow committee is scheduled for halftime. Proceeds from “Ute Proud” T-shirts will benefit scholarships and youth programs for the tribe.

EXTRA POINTS: Utah is appearing on ESPN for the second consecutive week. The Utes are 15-14 all-time on the network ... Men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu will be honored with the 2017-18 Don Reddish Award for leading the Utes to the NCAA tournament ... The family of Adora Anae, who is now playing professional volleyball in South Korea, will accept the 2017-18 Occie Evans Award on her behalf ... Whittingham is seeking his 200th victory as a member of Utah’s coaching staff.