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Highlights, key plays and photos from No. 19 Utah’s 38-13 blowout win over Washington State

Utah Utes running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole (7) and wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrate after Henry-Cole scored a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Tyler Huntley (1), putting the Utes up 7-0 over the Washington State Cougars after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.
Utah Utes running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole (7) and wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrate after Henry-Cole scored a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Tyler Huntley (1), putting the Utes up 7-0 over the Washington State Cougars after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Dominate on both sides of the ball.

That was the key to success for No. 13 Utah in bouncing back for a 38-13 win over Washington State on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Utes snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cougars by taking control from the start. Utah improved to 4-1 and 1-1 in Pac-12 play, with Washington State dropping to 3-2 and 0-2.

Here’s a look at three takeaways that defined this game.

24 unanswered

Washington State cut Utah’s second-quarter lead to 14-13 with a field goal with three and a half minutes until halftime.

From then on, it was all Utes.

Utah scored the final 17 points of the game to win comfortably. That all started with a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive just before halftime that put the Utes ahead 21-13 on a Tyler Huntley touchdown run and including Huntley converting a fourth-and-1 on the drive.

Utah then outscored Washington State 10-0 in the second half, aiding by a Utes defense that rarely gave the Cougars much breathing room. Jaylon Johnson intercepted an Anthony Gordon pass in the third that led to a Derrick Vickers touchdown.

Then in the fourth quarter, Washington State’s best opportunity to put points on the board was squelched by the Utes on a goal line stand.

Utah also turned a late Cougar interception into the game’s final score.

Huntley’s big night

Huntley, the senior Utah quarterback, had another outstanding night, completing 21 of 30 passes for 334 and two touchdowns. That included four passes to Bryan Thompson for 111 yards and a 52-yard touchdown strike to Samson Nacua.

Huntley added 31 yards on the ground on just six carries and two rushing touchdowns.

Shutting door on Cougars’ offense

Washington State came into the contest averaging 52.7 points per game, but the Utes held the Cougars to just one touchdown in the blowout.

Utah held Washington State scoreless in the second half, only the second and third quarters that the Cougars have been held scoreless this season.

Washington State was just 3 of 12 on third downs in the loss and was held to 313 total yards, compared to 526 for the Utes.

Scoring summary: Utah 38, Washington State 13

First quarter

Utah, Devonta’e Henry-Cole 11-yard pass from Tyler Huntley (4:03), Jadon Redding kick

Washington State, Deon McIntosh 4-yard pass from Anthony Gordon (0:17), Blake Mazza kick

Second quarter

Utah, Samson Nacua 52-yard pass from Tyler Huntley (14:51), Jadon Redding kick

Washington State, Blake Mazza 51-yard field goal (12:25)

Washington State, Blake Mazza 24-yard field goal (3:31)

Utah, Tyler Huntley 15-yard run (0:22), Jadon Redding kick

Third quarter

Utah, Jadon Redding 28-yard field goal (7:20)

Utah, Derrick Vickers 7-yard run (1:28), Jadon Redding kick

Fourth quarter

Utah, Tyler Huntley 3-yard run (1:21), Jadon Redding kick