Dalton Kincaid put forth one of the best individual efforts we’ve ever seen from a tight end in No. 20 Utah’s 43-42 win over No. 7 USC on Saturday.

The Utah tight end had 16 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown to help the Utes come back and hand the Trojans their first loss of the season. With 16 catches, Kincaid finished one reception shy of the single-game FBS record for a tight end, according to ESPN’s Stats and Info.

When targeting Kincaid, quarterback Cameron Rising was a perfect 16-for-16. The 234 yards were also the most by a tight end in a single game in Utah history.

Kincaid was simply unyielding. He appeared to be injured at one point but remained in the game. On the drive that produced Utah’s game-winning touchdown, Kincaid hauled in drive-extending receptions on third down three different times. He made big play after big play after big play, proving to be a full-blown star the Utes can lean on in the absence of Brant Kuithe.


“It’s indescribable,” Kincaid said of the feeling after the game.

When the clock hit zero, there was an outpouring of emotion on the field from the Utah team. They wore special hand-painted helmets honoring Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, and the Moment of Loudness between the third and fourth quarters was even more emotional than usual because of it.

“We knew it was going to be a battle and we knew it was going to be a 60-minute battle,” Kincaid said.

It was, and he helped Utah come out on top.