Hopes were riding high on Saturday in Rice-Eccles Stadium as the #10 ranked Washington Huskies rolled into town. The game was billed as a pair of defensive heavyweights going toe-to-toe, and the defenses both looked up to the task. Utah held a high powered Washington offense to just 21 points and to a fraction of the yards they normally churn up.
Unfortunately for the Utes, the Washington defense proved even better. The Huskies limited the Utes to 261 yards of total offense, forced three turnovers, and forced another three turnovers on downs while holding the Utah offense to a mere seven points. Despite the Utah defense and special teams providing multiple short fields in the second half, Utah’s offense couldn’t get it done and the Utes went home with the loss.
Utah losing to the #10 team in the nation isn’t a total shock – most pundits predicted a Ute loss. However, the ugly nature of the loss and the continuation of Utah’s offensive struggles through three games has many that follow the program concerned about the Utes’ overall prospects for the season. The defense is good enough that the Utes are very much still contenders for the Pac-12 South title. However, Utah enters its BYE week with a lot of questions on offense. Whether they can find any answers in only a week could have a huge impact on whether this team reaches its potential.
Today, UteZone takes a closer look at ten things we learned about this Utah football team in the 21-7 loss to Washington and what it means for the rest of the season.