Huntley's 4 TD passes carry Utah past San Jose State 54-16

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tyler Huntley threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns — three of them to Darren Carrington — and Utah sprinted past San Jose State 54-16 Saturday night to keep the Utes unbeaten.

Huntley became the first Utah QB since Brian Johnson, who led the 2008 Sugar Bowl champion squad, to have 300-yard passing games on back-to-back outings. Carrington caught nine passes for 153 yards as the Utes (3-0) rolled up 501 yards on a cool, clear night.

The Spartans (1-3) used four quarterbacks and the third signal caller – Josh Love — was the charm. The sophomore passed for 183 yards and had several long connections with Bailey Gaither, who had a career-high 125 yards on eight receptions. But the Utes forced five turnovers, tallied five sacks and held the Spartans to 30 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Utah’s offense has been more dynamic this season than the recent past, thanks to Hundley’s dual-threat effectiveness, but the Utes have been plagued by penalties and mistakes. Coming in as the fifth-most penalized team in the country, the Utes cut back on flags (six) but had three first-half turnovers and some uncharacteristic blown coverages on defense. But all that seemed insignificant as Utah’s 46th straight sellout crowd enjoyed big plays in all phases of the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

San Jose State: The Spartans limp into the Mountain West Conference slate, smarting from three blowout losses and a number of critical injuries, as quarterback Montel Aaron, leading tackler Frank Ginda, running back Dejon Packer and a number of others limped to the sidelines during the game. (Ginda did return and had 15 tackles.) SJSU may have finally settled the quarterback battle with Love’s sharp performance and the Spartans have a big-play threat in Gaither.

Utah: The Utes have now won 18 straight non-conference games and enter the Pac-12 season on a roll. Though the offense has moved to a pass-first spread, the Utes said they hoped to find a running game and not rely so much on Huntley’s arm and legs. But again, Utah turned to Huntley and Carrington to carry the load and conference foes will no doubt focus on the Utes’ potent duo.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After two weeks as the leading vote-getter outside the Top 25, the Utes are poised to enter the rankings after a few ranked teams lost Saturday.

UP NEXT

San Jose State: The Spartans host Utah State next Saturday in their Mountain West opener.

Utah: The Utes begin Pac-12 play at Arizona next Friday night.

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San Jose State cornerback Dakari Monroe (19) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

San Jose State cornerback Dakari Monroe (19) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

San Jose State cornerback Dakari Monroe (19) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

San Jose State cornerback Dakari Monroe (19) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts (11) celebrates a sack of San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron

Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts (11) celebrates a sack of San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron

Utah running back Zack Moss dives with the ball during an NCAA college football game against San Jose Stat on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah running back Zack Moss dives with the ball during an NCAA college football game against San Jose Stat on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts (11) sacks San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron (7) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts (11) sacks San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron (7) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah takes the field for an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah takes the field for an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) looks to pass during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) looks to pass during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley carries the ball during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley carries the ball during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) looks to pass during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) looks to pass during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah running back Zack Moss (2) carries the ball against San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah running back Zack Moss (2) carries the ball against San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) celebrates a touchdown with Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) celebrates a touchdown with Raelon Singleton (11) during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah linebacker Sunia Tauteoli (10) celebrates a turnover by San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah linebacker Sunia Tauteoli (10) celebrates a turnover by San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah's Bradlee Anae chases down a fumble during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah’s Bradlee Anae chases down a fumble during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

San Jose State cornerback Jermaine Kelly (3) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Kyle Fulks (6) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

San Jose State cornerback Jermaine Kelly (3) knocks the ball away from Utah wide receiver Kyle Fulks (6) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei (93) and defensive tackle Filipo Mokofisi (45) leap up after a pass by San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron (7) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei (93) and defensive tackle Filipo Mokofisi (45) leap up after a pass by San Jose State quarterback Montel Aaron (7) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) is hit by San Jose State linebacker Jamal Scott (42) after throwing the ball out of bounds during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) is hit by San Jose State linebacker Jamal Scott (42) after throwing the ball out of bounds during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah's Bradlee Anae chases down a fumble during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah’s Bradlee Anae chases down a fumble during an NCAA college football game against San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) pulls in a touchdown pass against San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) pulls in a touchdown pass against San Jose State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)


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