"We tried and tried to stick together, but we couldn't hold
them back any longer," Mahone said.
The Utes posted only 39 yards of offense in the first quarter,
then scored on their three possessions in the second quarter.
Throughout the first quarter, Whittingham urged Ratliff and the
Utes to settle down. The quarterback got the message and completed
passes to all areas of the field.
"Rat played great. He led us and we played the way we're
capable of playing," Whittingham said.
With the game tied, Northern Arizona recovered a fumble by
Utah's Darryl Poston at its 7-yard-line. But the call was
overturned, the Utes kept the ball and Mike Liti rushed for a
1-yard touchdown to put his team ahead 14-7.
Northern Arizona's Alex Watson, who caught 11 passes for 206
yards and two touchdowns against Arizona State, had three short
receptions on the same series in the first quarter but did not
catch another pass.
Utah's defense made it easy for the offense to light up the
"Coach challenged us all week. So we down linemen got after it
and we are playing with passion now," said defensive tackle Kelly
Talavou, who had two sacks.
Utah's Shaun Harper broke his arm on an interception that set up
the final touchdown.