Love, Cardinal hold off No. 20 Utes 23-20

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News photo: Stanford Cardinal safety Justin Reid (8) intercepts the ball from Utah Utes wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stanford held off a late Utah rally Saturday, and handed the No. 20 Utes their first loss of the season, a 23-20 setback in Pac-12 football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Bryce Love enjoyed another big day for the Cardinal (4-2 overall,3-1 Pac-12), running for 152 yards and a 68-yard touchdown run that put Stanford up 23-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Utes (4-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) drove to the Cardinal 30, where Utah quarterback Troy Williams, trying to avoid a sack, threw wildly and his pass was intercepted by Quenton Meeks. Justin Reed picked off another Williams pass with 5:52 left in the fourth quarter.

Williams’ 18-yard touchdown pass to Darren Carrington II closed the Utes’ deficit to 23-20 with :44 remaining in regulation.

Keller Chryst, who was cleared to start after missing last week’s game with an undisclosed injury, threw for 106 yards and a touchdown. Chryst also ran seven yards for Stanford’s first touchdown at 9:35 of the second quarter.

K.J. Costello, Chryst’s backup, also played and threw for 82 yards.

Williams completed 20 of 39 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Carrington II caught seven passes for 99 yards and a TD, and Zach Moss led Utah runners with 79 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts.

Jet Toner’s 46-yard field goal with six seconds left in the second quarter gave Stanford a 13-10 halftime lead.

Next Saturday, the Cardinal return home to host Oregon (4-2).

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