This Utah defense are the real MVPs. Utah hasn't been able to put together a drive all game. So far I think I've seen 3-4 turnovers. The fact that Northwestern is ONLY up by 7 is shocking.
Make it make sense. Something must've happened. Maybe injuries or something. This season they:
- Beat Florida
- Beat USC
- Had a close game against Washington which is now in the playoffs
Yet they can't put together a drive. Something doesn't add up.
Okay. I think I got it. Utah like many of the Pac-12 teams is a passing team. Northwestern is in the top 25 passing defenses. So I guess this is the toughest defense they've faced?
Armchair quarterbacking, but at 44% 4th down conversions, I don't think you go for it on 4th and 2 in the middle of the field. No matter how well your defense is playing and going against a backup quarterback.
And there it is. Starting QB came back into the game and had a short field to work with against a tired defense. Offense is going to have to dig deep for Utah.
That's the game. Bad execution on 4th down again.