Monday, October 14 2013, 12:51 AM MDT
Utah Holds Off No. 5 Stanford 27-21
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's defense made a goal-line stand in the final
minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest
upset at home as they held off No. 5 Stanford 27-21 on Saturday.
marked the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have
knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4
Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.
The fans rushed the field after the final gun.
Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid
heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. The Utes took a knee
to end the game and the 13-game winning streak of Stanford (5-1, 3-1).
kept Stanford's stingy defense off balance all day with a mix of draws
and wide receiver screens. Anderson caught a 51-yard TD pass and scored
another on a short run. Bubba Poole finished with 111 yards rushing.
Montgomery returned a kickoff for a touchdown for a second straight
week. This time, Montgomery took the ball a few steps deep in the end
zone and weaved through the Utes before going 100 yards, tying a
Devon Cajuste made a diving catch on a fade
route to trim the Utah lead to 27-21 with 9:22 remaining, but the
Cardinal couldn't complete the comeback.
A week after throwing
six interceptions, Travis Wilson showed more poise in the pocket. His
only mistake was on a screen, when his pass was tipped into the air and
picked off by Joe Hemschoot.
Wilson finished 23 of 34 for 234
yards and two touchdowns. He appeared to cut his throwing hand on a hard
tackle early in the third quarter, continuously wiping the top of it on
his towel. But the injury didn't seem to affect his touch.
struggled on offense in the second half, turning the ball over twice on
fumbles with linebacker Trevor Reilly recovering both. The Utes turned
those into field goals by Andy Phillips, a 23-yard and a 48-yarder.
Phillips, a former U.S. ski team member, is 11 for 11 this season.
Kevin Hogan dropped to 10-1 as a starter against a spirited Utah defense.
was a week filled with controversy for Stanford after Washington coach
Steve Sarkisian accused the Cardinal of faking injuries to slow down the
tempo, leaving Stanford's David Shaw to vigorously defend his program.
This time, that wasn't an issue.
went on a season-long 99-yard drive in the second quarter, culminating
with Anderson's 3-yard score on an end-around. It gave Utah a 21-14 at
halftime, marking the first time all season the Cardinal has trailed at
It was a day of firsts for the Stanford defense, which
hadn't allowed an opening quarter TD all season until Saturday. Karl
Williams scored on a 4-yard pass from Wilson on Utah's opening drive and
Anderson later hauled in a 51-yard pass from Wilson. It was Anderson's
fifth play of 50 or more yards this season.
Montgomery joins Bob
Bryan (1950 against San Francisco) and Damon Dunn (1994 at Arizona
State) as the only players with a 100-yard kickoff return in school
After his electric run, Montgomery took big gulps of
supplemental oxygen on the bench, the thin air of Salt Lake City getting
to him unlike Utah special teamers on that play.
Last week, Montgomery had a 99-yard TD return to open the game against Washington.
He finished with three returns for 160 yards against Utah.
coach Kyle Whittingham has been searching for someone to stand out at
tailback between the trio he usually uses. Poole may have just moved to
the head of the line. He also had seven catches for 75 yards.
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