SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - What a way to end a 4-game losing streak.
Utah looked like the team from the first month of the season, blowing past UCLA at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday night, 48-17.
"Heck of a lot better than the last four weeks," said head coach Kyle Whittingham. "I am very proud of the coaching staff. It was a great plan they put together. The key this week was that we were able to run the ball effectively and stop the run. Football does not change. Week to week, if you can run the ball efficiently and stop the run, you win. We took of the ball, no turnovers."
Tyler Huntley threw four touchdown passes, while Zack Moss set a career high with 153 yards rushing to go along with two touchdown runs, as the Utes picked up its first win since September 23rd.
Utah got on the board first, when after a muffed punt by UCLA, Moss scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard touchdown run.
Huntley then threw his first touchdown pass on a 25-yard strike to Darren Carrington, who somehow managed to get one foot down for his 6th score of the season.
After UCLA, who was without starting quarterback Josh Rosen, who suffered a concussion last week, cut the lead to 17-10 at the half, the Utes took total control of the game in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, Huntley found a wide open Troy McCormick out of the backfield for a 75-yard touchdown to give Utah a 21-10 lead.
Moss scored his second touchdown of the night on a 20-yard run up the middle to make it 31-10. Then just over two minutes later, Huntley hit McCormick on a 13-yard touchdown pass to blow the game wide open at 38-10.
Huntley threw his final touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Cody Ippolito for the final 48-17 margin.
Huntley finished the night completing 15 of 22 passes for 234 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 93 yards on 18 attempts.
"It felt great to get a win," Huntley said. "The defense was keeping them out of the end zone and as an offense, we did a nice job of getting the ball in the end zone. It was fun to get a win."
Utah outgained the Bruins in total yards 506-249, while racking up 272 yards on the ground.
"I thing we got our swagger back in the first half," Moss said. "We did a lot of good things. Now, we also did some bad things, but we knew if we cut down the penalties we would be more explosive so we just jumped on them."
Devon Modster started in place of Rosen, and finished the night completing 8 of 12 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown pass.
Utah improves to 5-4 on the year, 2-4 in the Pac-12. The Utes, who need one more win for bowl eligibility, next host Washington State November 11th at 3:30 p.m.
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