Running-back committee totals 179 yards, 3 scores

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] Utah’s “running back by committee” did its job in Saturday night’s victory over Northern Arizona.Four Ute running backs combined for 179 yards and three touchdowns, with senior Darryl Poston leading the way with 72 yards on 11 carries.Mike Liti added 68 yards on 10 carries, while freshman R.J. Stanford contributed 22 yards and Darrell Mack 17 yards.After getting just two carries for no yards at UCLA last week, Poston got the start and surpassed his career total in two years at USC and last year at Utah.”It felt good to support the team and contribute tonight,” Poston said. “It helped me get some confidence.”Liti broke off a 45-yard run in the second quarter, which was the team’s longest play from scrimmage as well as his career long run.”They’re very comparable,” Kyle Whittingham said of Poston and Liti. “It will be by committee until somebody’s play determines that they should.” SLOPPY START: Utah got off to a slow start Saturday because of a plethora of penalties in the first quarter.The Utes were whistled for five penalties for 55 yards compared to none for the Lumberjacks.After a late-hit penalty early in the first quarter, a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on third and 13 by Kelly Talavou kept an NAU drive alive that turned into its only score of the night.The Utes also had another roughing-the-passer penalty and an offsides and illegal-procedure penalty in the first quarter. “We looked sloppy early with our penalties,” Whittingham said. “After the first quarter we cleaned it up and played like we’re capable.” INJURY REPORT: The Utes had four starters leave the game with injuries. The most serious was to cornerback Shaun Harper, who broke his wrist after making an interception in the fourth quarter. Whittingham said he may be out for six weeks. Receiver Bradon Godfrey sprained his right ankle after catching a touchdown pass in the third quarter and may miss next week’s game at Utah State. Martail Burnett left the game with a knee injury, but Whittingham called it “bump” and doesn’t expect him to miss much time. Liti also left the game with “bruised ribs,” and his status is unknown. GAME NOTES: The Utes meet Utah State in Logan on Saturday at 6 p.m. … Louie Sakoda’s 75-yard punt in the first quarter was the fifth-longest in Ute history. … Sakoda also made his only field goal try and all six PAT tries. … After going 0-for-11 last week in third-down conversions, the Utes were 8-for-12 Saturday. They were also successful on their only fourth-down try, midway through the third quarter. … Shaun Harper’s fourth-quarter interception was the first takeaway of the season for the Utes. … For the second straight game, the Utes shut down their opponent’s running game, allowing just 74 net rushing yards. … Attendance was 43,327, the 15th largest crowd ever at a Ute home game. … The game lasted just two hours and 53 minutes. U. whacks Lumberjackscenter_img Relatedlast_img read more