Christian Caple’s Keys to the WSU Game
What went right
Virtually nothing. The Cougars didn’t throw the ball well, didn’t run it at all, couldn’t defend the run, allowed a freshman quarterback, Travis Wilson, to throw at will and also allowed a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. WSU was out of the game early and never gave any indication it could come back.
What went wrong
According to the coach, WSU simply didn’t have any effort today. Or, at least, not enough to avoid getting blown out by a so-so team. The Cougars allowed six sacks, bringing their two-week total to 16. They averaged just 3.8 yards per play and rushed for minus-4 yards, their fourth negative rushing performance this season. And they didn’t tackle well, allowing several long runs after contact.
Utah running back John White ran 47 yards for a touchdown down the sideline on the Utes’ second possession, shaking a tackle attempt by Ioane Gauta along the way. WSU simply never responded, as Utah ran off 42 more points before the Cougars finally scored on the last play of the game.
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was surprisingly accurate and efficient, completing 17 of 21 passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. White finished with 101 yards on 18 carries. Trevor Reilly had two sacks and a forced fumble for the Utes. WSU cornerback Anthony Carpenter finished with a career-high 11 tackles.