Utah derails No. 5 Stanford’s perfect start, 27-21
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Travis Wilson weaved his way through the sea of red, torn between retreating to the locker room and celebrating this signature win with the Utah faithful that had stormed the field.
Like he really had a choice, especially after the enthusiastic crowd lifted him up.
That’s what happens after a quarterback helps orchestrate the biggest upset at home in school history and the most significant victory the Utah has had since moving to the Pac-12 three years. The Utes made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Wilson threw two TD passes in a 27-21 victory against No. 5 Stanford on Saturday.
It was the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.
“Great win,” Wilson simply said. “Our plan was perfect tonight.”
Not surprisingly, fans rushed the field after the game. The ring leader? Defensive end Trevor Reilly.
“I was waving them on, saying, ‘Let’s go!’ ” Reilly said. “We came through tonight.”
The defense certainly did.
Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6 with a minute remaining. On third down, he threw an incomplete pass to Charlie Hopkins. Then, on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, Hogan overthrew Devon Cajuste.
The Utes took a knee twice to end the game, along with Stanford’s (5-1, 3-1) 13-game winning streak.
“They’re good. They’ve always been good and we just weren’t good enough,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “This is as well as I’ve seen Utah play on the offensive side. They really strung things together.”