Final: UW Huskies 24, Utah Utes 21

4:30 p.m. | Husky Stadium | Seattle

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Final: UW 24, Utah 21

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UW completes comeback

Cade Otton catches the go-ahead touchdown for UW

Two sacks from ZTF gives UW the ball back

Zion Tupuola-Fetui is on fire. Two consecutive sacks of Utah quarterback Jake Brantley gives him three on the day and seven in three games this season.

Dylan Morris and the Huskies are getting the ball back at their own 12-yard line down 4 with 4:31 remaining in this one.

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Dylan Morris throws another interception

UW quarterback Dylan Morris threw his second interception of the game on a tipped ball at the Utah 42 after he underthrew receiver Ty Jones. Utah's Vonte Davis returned the interception to the Washington 40, but a block in the back penalty sets Utah back to the 50-yard line.

Comeback history not favorable for Huskies

Gordon forces fumble as ZTF recovers for UW

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Third-quarter analysis from Mike Vorel

The Huskies needed a big third quarter to make this a game.

They got it.

After trailing 21-0 at halftime, UW answered with 17 unanswered points. Quarterback Dylan Morris completed 5 of 7 passes for 109 yards and a 21-yard touchdown strike to junior tight end Cade Otton. Junior nickelback Elijah Molden intercepted a Jake Bentley pass and returned it 24 yards to the Utah 27. The Huskies’ standout players made plays when they needed to.

But to win this game, they’ll have to stop the run. Utah running back Ty Jordan ripped off a 35-yard run late in the third quarter. A few more of those, and this one will be over.

—Mike Vorel

End of third: Utah 21, UW 17

Huskies pull within 4 after another third-quarter TD

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UW settles for FG after Molden's INT

Elijah Molden comes up with big INT

Huskies strike early to open second half

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Halftime analysis from Mike Vorel

Remember the first half against Arizona, where everything went right? Where the offense protected the ball and converted on third down and the defense was stifling? Where the Huskies led 24-0 at halftime?

Yeah, this was the opposite.

In the first 30 minutes against Utah, everything got ugly. Redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Morris threw the first two interceptions of his young career (and nearly another). The Huskies went 0-5 on third down, after converting 52% of them in their first two games. Peyton Henry missed his third field goal of the season. And without senior outside linebacker Ryan Bowman, UW surrendered 134 rushing yards, 5.6 yards per carry and a pair of rushing scores.

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

—Mike Vorel

Halftime stats

Halftime: Utah 21, UW 0

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Utah scores again for 21-point lead before halftime

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Peyton Henry misses 40-yard field goal

UW converts another fourth down

Utah takes a two-score lead on the Huskies

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UW goes three-and-out again as Dylan Morris almost throws another INT

UW loses another outside linebacker, as Ryan Bowman misses Utah game

Washington can’t afford to keep losing outside linebackers.

And yet, senior starter Ryan Bowman — a 6-foot, 280-pound Bellevue product — did not dress or play in Saturday’s home game against Utah. First-year UW head coach Jimmy Lake said this month that he won’t comment publicly on injuries or COVID-19 issues within his team.

Whatever the reason may be, Bowman’s absence could be catastrophic for UW’s concerningly thinning front seven. The Huskies are already missing a pair of would-be starters at outside linebacker — Joe Tryon (who declared for the 2021 NFL draft) and Laiatu Latu (who has been sidelined for all three games with an apparent injury).

Read more here.

—Mike Vorel
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End of first: Utah 7, UW 0

UW goes three-and-out on second possession

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Utah takes advantage of UW's turnover

Dylan Morris throws first interception of the season

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Puka, Pleasant involved early in UW's opening drive

Zion Tupuola-Fetui comes up with another takeaway on Utah's first drive

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Samson Nacua missing the Nacua Bowl?

What to watch for when Washington hosts Utah

Washington wants you to think this is a different offense — bigger and more physical under first-year coordinator John Donovan. And maybe that’s true. But now’s the time to prove it. Through two games, the Huskies are averaging 250 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry — which ranks 10th and 21st nationally, respectively. They have a massive offensive line and four relentlessly fresh running backs. But don’t forget, in the 33-28 home defeat last season against Utah, UW managed just 53 rushing yards and 2.4 yards per carry. The Huskies were the less physical team, especially down the stretch. Of course, Dylan Morris will have to do his part. But we’ll see if a bigger, more physical UW offense can bully the Utes.

Read about more keys to the game here.

—Mike Vorel

Pour one out for the canceled Apple Cup

Pour one out for the Apple Cup.

No, really. Let’s all do it. Doesn’t matter what you’re drinking — coffee, tea, an appropriate apple cider, a cup of ice-cold water or something a bit stronger. Tip the glass and make a toast. Let’s salute the 113th rivalry game the state of Washington never got.

Read more here.

—Mike Vorel