SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Charlie Brewer threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns in his Utah debut to assist the No. 24 Utes beat Weber State 40-17 on Thursday night time.
Dalton Kincaid caught 4 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns within the opener for each groups. Tavion Thomas ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in his Utah debut.
Brewer beat out Cameron Rising for the beginning quarterback job in camp and didn’t disappoint. He was crisp on many throws and gave Utah a legit passing assault it lacked at occasions final season.
“I assumed he was very poised within the pocket,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham stated. “He did a pleasant job preserving his eyes downfield. He was correct. … Did a very good job of operating the offense.”
Bronson Barron threw for 213 yards and a landing for Weber State, however the Wildcats had simply 57 yards dashing.
“We didn’t do a adequate job of getting yards on the primary down which put us in too many third and longs,” Weber State coach Jay Hill stated.
Weber State took a 7-3 lead when Rashid Shaheed lower to the sting and returned a kickoff 100 yards untouched. He tied an FCS report along with his sixth kickoff return for a landing.
The groups then retreated to the locker rooms with 8:26 left within the first quarter due to a lightning delay that lasted 90 minutes.
Utah marched down the sector shortly after play resumed. The Utes coated 75 yards in 5 performs, culminating in a 17-yard go from Brewer to Kincaid, to return forward 10-7. Brewer accomplished 4 passes on the drive, together with three in a row to get Utah into the pink zone.
Devin Lloyd snagged a tipped ball on the Weber State 31 to arrange a 12-yard landing run from Thomas that prolonged Utah’s result in 19-7 within the second quarter.
Lloyd had 12 tackles, a pressured fumble and a sack to go together with that interception.
“We had been in worse conditions I felt like and got here again,” Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III stated. “That was only a stumbling block we had been excited to assault.”
Weber State had an opportunity to chop the deficit to 5 earlier than halftime after mounting a 17-play drive and reaching the Utah 1. The Wildcats couldn’t punch it in, developing quick on fourth down when Brandon McKinney stopped reserve quarterback Creyton Cooper for no achieve.
“I do just like the resilience and toughness of our soccer group, and I believe we are going to get higher,” Hill stated. “This can be a actual group.”
The Utes shut the door on a possible comeback when Brewer linked with Solomon Enis on an 8-yard go that made it 26-10 late within the third quarter.
It additionally shut the door on some early sloppiness on offense. Utah scored on two of its subsequent three drives to place the sport out of attain.
“It begins with me. I really feel like I can play slightly bit higher,” Brewer stated. “I assumed it was a very good start line. Now we will sort of work out what precisely we have to get higher in.”
Weber State: The Wildcats dug a giant gap after totaling 23 yards and committing a pricey turnover on their first 4 drives.
Utah: Dropped would-be landing passes by T.J. Pledger and Cole Fotheringham pressured the Utes to accept a pair of subject objectives within the first half and opened the door for Weber State to remain inside placing distance for 3 quarters.
Kincaid entered the sport as a co-starter at tight finish with Cole Fotheringham. His breakout efficiency could earn him an even bigger function going ahead.
The junior, who joined the Utes as a switch from San Diego final season, caught a single go for 14 yards a season in the past. Whittingham believes he’s poised to grow to be a constant playmaking menace on offense this yr.
“Dalton Kincaid, I believe is the most effective saved secret within the Pac-12,” Whittingham stated. “He’s the entire bundle. He’s a weapon for us.”
Utah unveiled a banner over Portal 22 within the north finish zone of Rice-Eccles Stadium between the primary and second quarter. It now bears the acronym LLTJ (which means Lengthy Stay Ty Jordan) in honor of late operating again Ty Jordan. Jordan was the 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Yr after piling up 597 dashing yards in 5 video games.
Utah will keep within the ballot after dominating the defending Huge Sky champions.
Weber State: At Dixie State on Sept. 11.
Utah: At BYU on Sept. 11.