No. 17 Utah (2-0) overcame mistakes, turnovers, and three missed field goals to run the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games. This time, Utah escaped on the road as the Utes defeated San Jose State (0-2) 24-14 in a game that should not have been that close.
Utah quarterback Terrance Cain showed his dual-threat ability early on, accounting for 67 of Utah's 77-yard opening drive that ended with a one-yard Matt Asiata touchdown run. Cain had a nifty 30-yard run on that drive and ended the night with 69 yards on the ground to go with his 248 yards in the air. Turnovers and poor special teams play kept Utah off the board from that point until early in the fourth quarter, and kept San Jose State in the game.
Two Utah fumbles, one by Asiata and the other by receiver John Peel, ended promising drives and resulted in the first Spartan touchdown. Kicker Ben Vroman badly missed all three field goal attempts before being replaced by walk-on Joe Phillips. Vroman has struggled with consistency throughout his career but appeared to have solved those issues in fall camp and in the season opener against Utah State. Now it appears Vroman's hold as the place-kicker is tenuous at best. 11 penalties also hurt the Utes, especially the multiple pass interference penalties that kept San Jose State drives alive.
After a slow start with starting quarterback Kyle Reed, Jordan La Secla stepped in to spark the Spartan offense. La Secla threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, 146 of those yards coming courtesy of star receiver Kevin Jurovich. Jurovich torched the aggressive, man coverage of the Utes secondary time and time again and drew several flags for pass interference or defensive holding. Even with the passing game clicking, San Jose State could not create any room on the ground gaining just 22 yards on 22 carries. Due to the poor running game the Spartan offense could not convert on third down, moving the chains on just 3 of 12 attempts.
While Utah will gladly take the road victory, there will be plenty to work on before the Utes can think about extending the winning streak to 17 games next week.