Oct. 12, 2013
Kyle Whittingham picked up his 75th career win as Utah's head coach, improving his record to 75-34 in his ninth season.
No. 5 Stanford is the highest ranked opponent Utah has beaten at home all-time. The Utes' only other victory over a top 10 team in Salt Lake City was over No. 8 Arizona State in 1973. The Cardinal are the highest ranked team Utah has defeated since beating No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Utah was 2-8 against Top 25 teams since then.
Utah recorded its first win over a ranked conference opponent since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, improving to 1-4.
The Utes, which lost No. 12 UCLA last week, played a ranked opponent in back-to-back games for the seventh time in school history.
Stanford is the fourth top-five team the Utes have played in the last five seasons. Utah beat No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl and lost to No. 4 TCU in 2009 and 2010.
Utah has now won 49 consecutive games when leading at halftime, which is the second-longest streak in the country behind Oregon.
Stanford had 14 points in the first half and seven points in the second half. Before tonight, the fewest points Stanford had scored in a half was 17 on three occasions.
Stanford had not allowed a first-quarter touchdown this season before allowing two first-quarter TD's to the Utes.
Stanford was held to just 38 total yards in the third quarter
Stanford's Tyler Gaffney was the first 100-yard rusher Utah has allowed this season.
Utah had a 99-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, its longest drive of the season.
Karl Williams scored his third touchdown of the season and his second receiving touchdown on a four-yard reception in the first quarter. Williams has three career touchdown catches (four overall TD's.).
Bubba Poole had his second career 100-yard rushing game with 111 yards on 22 carries. He also had a career-high 75 receiving yards for 186 total yards of offense (missing his career-high by one yard).
Travis Wilson completed a 51-yard pass play to Dres Anderson for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Utah's ninth play of 50 yards or more this season. The Utes entered the game tied for third in the country in plays of 50 yards or more. It was Wilson's seventh pass play of 50+ yards this season, and Anderson's fifth reception of 50+ yards this season.
Dres Anderson scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). He led Utah with 82 receiving yards on four catches, ending his 100-yard receiving games streak at four.
Travis Wilson threw for 234 yards, completing 23-of-34 passes (two touchdowns, one interception). He has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this year and eight times in his career.
Tom Hackett placed a punt at the seven-yard line in the second quarter, his 10th career punt inside the 10-yard line. He also placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, and three punts were unreturnable. Hackett averaged 44.6 yards on five punts.
Trevor Reilly had his eighth career forced fumble, moving into a tie for second all-time at Utah with Arnold Parker (2000-03). The school record is nine, held by Eric Weddle (2003-06). Reilly led Utah with seven tackles and got two of Utah's three fumble recoveries.
Nate Orchard had two forced fumbles in the game. He has five career forced fumbles. He also had a team-high 2.0 sacks as part of five tackles in the game.
Andy Phillips hit a career-long 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, to give Utah a 27-14 lead. He also made a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter. He remains perfect on the season in field goals (11-for-11).
Attendance was 45,372, Utah's 23rd-straight sellout and the 15th-biggest crowd in school history. It is Utah's largest crowd this season.