Utah Vs. Air Force: Utes Snuff Out Option, Seal Win

No, it wasn't pretty. But after Utah's offense couldn't put any points up in the fourth quarter, the Utes' defense stepped up and stopped the Falcons twice to keep their record unblemished.

After being gashed for two big plays from Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson, the Utes stuffed Air Force runs on third and fourth down on two consecutive drives. Then, after the ball went over to the Utes, the Utah offense bled clock, punted, and downed it at the Air Force 1, giving the Falcons a 99-yard path to victory.

Unsurprisingly, Air Force couldn't quite pull it off, gaining yardage, then seeing Jefferson tripped up for a sack on a potential Hail Mary.

This isn't the sort of win Utah will earn style points for, but it was a test of resolve that might prove worthwhile. After all, the Utes do have to play fellow BCS aspirant TCU next week, and the Horned Frogs aren't likely to sabotage their cause with five turnovers.

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