Utah lands in Joel Klatt's Top 10 after comeback win at Baylor
Utah survived a trip to Waco, Texas. It probably won’t want to go back anytime soon.
The Utes beat Baylor on Saturday, 20-13. They outscored the Bears 14-0 in the fourth quarter to pull off the comeback, and they did so without their starting quarterback.
Up until the 10:01 mark in the fourth quarter when Utah switched from Bryson Barnes to Nate Johnson at quarterback, the offense looked lifeless. Nine prior possessions had yielded just two field goals, an interception, a turnover on downs, and 3.9 yards per play.
But the move to Johnson paid off. Utah scored to tie the game with just under two minutes left. Then it picked off Baylor and set up the offense on the right side of the 50 to go put the game away.
The result? Utah is 2-0.
And FOX’s Joel Klatt has the Utes inside his national Top 10 headed into Week 3.
My Top 10 (9/10)
Almost: @Vol_Football @oregonfootball @BeaverFootball @NDFootball @LSUfootball
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 10, 2023
After back-to-back contests against Power Five opponents, Utah returns home next Saturday for a matchup with FCS Weber State.
The status of its starting quarterback, Cam Rising, is still very much up in the air. So too are the statuses of several other key players on the two-deep on both sides of the football. With the Pac-12 opener against UCLA on Sept. 23, the Utes likely want to use this next week to get healthy.
But to be a top-10 side after this opening stretch, given the players who were missing, is no small feat for coach Kyle Whittingham and his program.