Stanford, Calif. (AP) – Utah got off to a quick start and didn’t give up.
Tavian Thomas ran for four TDs in the first half, TJ Pleasure scored a school-record 96-yard run and Utah trailed Stanford 52-7 on Friday night.
The game was uneventful from the start as the Utes (6-3, 5-1 Pac-12) scored a TD on his first two drives, when coach Kyle Whittingham opted to take the ball first and did not allow the Cardinals (3-6). , 2-5) to finish first in the second quarter until a 21-0 draw.
Quarterback Cameron Rising said, “Coach Whit has a lot of confidence in this offense and we know we like to start fast and go early.” “The O-Line did a great job driving first and really dominated from the front.”
Utah just added up from there, scoring five TDs and a field goal on seven drives in the first half, with the only stop coming on a botched snap.
Thomas ran one of his four TDs for a 58-yard score on a one-play drive, breaking the school record he held against UCLA last week.
Pleasure overtook the Cardinal defense on the first play of another drive for the longest run ever by Utes.
Utah overtook Stanford 440-28 in the last seven seasons to take a 38-0 halftime lead for the second-largest yardage discrepancy in the first half of an FBS game, 24 yards from Boise State’s lead against Connecticut in 2018.
The Cardinals, who were playing without injury starting quarterback Tanner Mackie, suffered their most one-sided defeat since a 57–7 loss to Notre Dame in 2003. Stanford lost four straight games.
“A terrific performance from top to bottom,” said coach David Shaw. “Obviously we missed some people who are not out there. … that being said, we have 11 at a time, strap it on and get out there and play. Defensively we have to have a lot of discussion about how to stop the race. All year it’s been close, it’s been close. Today was not close. “
Thomas led the way for Utah with 177 yards on 20 carries a week after running for 160 yards and four scores against the Bruins.
Micah Bernard added 110 yards to the ground and TD and Pleasure finished with 107 as Utes ran for 441 yards and became the first team with three 100-yard rushers in a Pac-12 game since Arizona against Oregon State in 2017. did.
“I want to see all my brothers eat,” said Thomas. “We all have goals and I want to see those boys do well. I was happy for them.”
Utah: The victory put the Utes in prime position to win the Pac-12 South and earn the Tour of the Conference title game on December 3 in Las Vegas. Utah could also go south with victories over the division’s bottom residents, Arizona and Colorado. If Utes loses to Oregon.
Stanford: Mackie’s absence clearly interrupted the Cardinal’s offense but it was a complete mismatch on either side of the ball. Stanford allowed the most yards in 11 seasons under Shaw.
“When you miss tackles, that’s why you give up on those big, big plays,” Shaw said. “It’s unforgivable.”
Defensive play of the game for the Utes came when linebacker Devin Lloyd leapt and intercepted a pass from Jack West at 2 and fell in the end zone to score.
“I was obviously shocked,” Lloyd said. “I can’t believe it sticks out of my hands. It felt really good to be back in the end zone.”
Utah visits Arizona on Saturday, November 13.
Stanford visits the state of Oregon on Saturday, November 13.
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