2019 SEASON IN REVIEW
UTAH 35, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 17
GAME TWO – SEPT. 7 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utes came away with a 35-17 win against the Northern
Illinois Huskies, posting its 12th straight home opening win.
For the second game in a row, the Utah offense walked away without a turnover
or a sack with Tyler Huntley finishing the game 14-of-19 passing for 214 yards
and a touchdown. He also rushed for 38 yards on three carries, running in his
12th career rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
The Utes had 10 players record at least one rush and seven notch at least one
catch, giving Utah a balanced offense with 193 rushing yards and 214 receiving
yards. The Utes had 407 yards of total offense, the first game with 400 yards on
offense since Utah’s win over Oregon last season.
Zack Moss led the Utes on the ground with 18 carries for 80 yards and two
touchdowns, giving him 26 career rushing scores to tie for second in program
history. Sophomore Bryan Thompson led the Utes with 66 receiving yards, a careerhigh,
while Jaylen Dixon finished with four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Two weeks in a row the Utah defense was also able to hold its opponent under
100 yards rushing, keeping the Huskies at just 67 yards. The Huskies finished the
game with 302 total yards on offense with no touchdowns in the second half while
the Utah defense notched a turnover, four sacks and six tackles for loss overall.
Francis Bernard led the Utes in tackles with 12, his highest total since becoming
a Ute, while fellow linebacker Devin Lloyd added a career-high 10 tackles
that included a sack. Julian Blackmon tied his career-best in tackles with eight
while also notching his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter.
UTAH 31, IDAHO STATE 0
GAME THREE – SEPT. 14 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah football team ended non-conference
play with a 31-0 shutout against the Idaho State Bengals.
For the third game in a row, the Utah defense was smothering, holding Idaho
State to just 116 yards on offense. Idaho State finished the game with 36 rushing
yards, the third straight week that the Utes have held their opponent to under
100 yards rushing.
The Utes record 543 yards of total offense with a well-balanced 320 yards
passing and 223 yards on the ground. Utah averaged 8.8 yards per play compared
to Idaho State’s 2.4, also taking a heavy advantage in time of possession with
37:10 to 22:50.
Senior Tyler Huntley finished the game 15-of-19 passing (0 INT) for 282 yards
and three touchdowns, including a career long 82-yard touchdown pass in the first
quarter. Zack Moss notched 106 rushing yards on 10 carries and a touchdown,
pushing him into second all-time in 100-yard rushing games, career rushing
touchdowns and career rushing yards.
Utah had nine different athletes catch at least one pass today with Bryan
Thompson posting his first 100-yard receiving game, finishing with 105 yards
on two catches and two touchdowns. Brant Kuithe also added three catches for
80 yards and a touchdown.
Devin Lloyd led the Utes on defense with nine tackles, including a career-best
3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. R.J. Hubert had his first career start at safety today,
finishing with a career high six tackles with Francis Bernard also adding six stops.
Jaylen Dixon scored on a leaping
14-yard touchdown pass in the
fourth quarter against Northern
Illinois, giving Utah its final score
Bryan Thompson recorded his
first-career 100-yard receiving
game against Idaho State,
racking up 105 yards on just two
catches, both for touchdowns.
DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM 99