The Utes yielded 260 yards on the ground to Oregon State, and things won’t get much easier when UCLA visits this week. The Bruins are the No. 2-ranked running team in the Pac-12 this season By Jeff Call Oct 25, 2021, 2:57pm MDT
This is not something Utah’s Kyle Whittingham has been accustomed to during his coaching career.
Currently, the Utes are ranked No. 66 nationally in rush defense, giving up an average of 147.1 yards per game — including 260 yards surrendered in last Saturday’s 42-34 loss at Oregon State.
Beavers running back B.J. Baylor ran for 152 yards and a touchdown against Utah.
“Defensively, we didn’t play well at all. We were soft in the run game,” Whittingham said Monday morning. “They rushed for 260 yards, over six yards per carry. We knew going in that if Oregon State was able to do what they usually do, it wasn’t going to be a good situation for us. They did exactly that. They ran the football very effectively.”
It wasn’t the first time that’s happened this season.
“We weren’t our usual selves on defense,” Whittingham said. “Earlier in the year, we had that same issue and it went away. It showed back up on Saturday.”