Utes defeat Arizona 27-24

Ahh football season is finally here. I was very excited and curious about the new Ute season for 2005. We’ve lost a ton of great players and we have a new head coach.

For the game I’d give the Utes a “B” grade. But it was the first game of the season and they will definitely improve as the season progresses.

The first quarter was terrible. Both teams were obviously nervous. But as the game progressed the play got better on both sides of the ball. At one point we had a 27-10 lead. I was really starting to sweat in the 4th quarter when Arizona brought it back to a 3 point game. But a couple of great long runs by Quinton Ganther in our final possesion sealed the game.

The good:

1. O Line was protecting the QB fairly well
2. Ganther was a great runner with around 130 yards rushing
3. Johnson had over 300 yards passing with no INT’s
4. The defense held when it needed, forced a couple of fumbles and ran back an INT for a TD

The bad:
1. The offense looked a little confused, but got better as the game went on.
2. Johnson needed to run when he saw open pasture in front of him, rather than passing.
3. We almost let them make a great comeback after leading by 17.
4. The kicking game still may not be very good, just like last year.