It’s clear that the Texas transfer has settled into his role as the starting QB

Up until about a month ago, Utah quarterback Cameron Rising was almost an afterthought to most people outside the program.

At the time, he was a backup to then-starter Charlie Brewer.

Now, it’s hard to imagine where the Utes might be without him.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound sophomore led Utah to a 42-26 rout of USC last Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — the program’s first-ever win at the venerable venue.

Rising completed 22 of 28 passes for 306 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He recorded a quarterback rating of 205.7, outplaying USC’s Kedon Slovis, who had a quarterback rating of 134.5.

Seven of Rising’s 22 completions went for 15 or more yards. He also rushed six times for 27 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Throughout the game, he was unflappable in leading the Utes to a dominating victory.

“He is an alpha dog. He is a leader in every sense of the word. He does command the room. He’s the leader of the offense,” said coach Kyle Whittingham. “Between him and Brit Covey, those are our two captains on offense who were elected by their peers. He is exactly what you want in a quarterback when you talk about the ‘it’ factor and a field general that you want leading the troops.”

With the win, Utah improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play. The Utes host No. 18 Arizona State Saturday (8 p.m. MDT, ESPN).

It’s clear that Rising has settled into his role as the starting QB.

“There’s a lot more chemistry being developed with the guys and the entire offense as a whole,” he said. “I’m getting a lot more comfortable with everything.”
Tough to defend

USC interim coach Donte Williams acknowledged that Rising caused his defense problems.

“We won some early downs on first down but still got them in some third-and-manageable situations and they capitalized,” he said. “For a moment there at quarterback, it was like he just couldn’t miss, whether it was over the top or underneath coverage, we weren’t doing enough.”