Utah 40, Utah St. 20
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Freshman Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala rushed for 180 yards and Daniel Pulsipher tied a school record with four field goals to lead Utah to a 40-20 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
The 6-foot, 274-pound running back carried the ball 19 times and his last rush came with 19 seconds left in the third quarter _ a 39-yard touchdown that put Utah (5-4) ahead 40-13.
Utah State’s Ernesto Ramos had a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:01 left for the last score of the game. The loss was the eighth straight for the Aggies (2-6) to their state rival.
Fuamatu-Ma’afala’s rushing effort was the 10th-best in Utah history.
Pulsipher, who kicked field goals of 41, 22, 23 and 46 yards, tied Andre Guardi and Wayne Lammle for most field goals in a game.
After taking a 23-6 halftime lead, Utah scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Mike Fouts, who passed for 202 yards, scored on a 1-yard sneak for a 30-6 Utah lead.
The Aggies responded when David Gill stole the ball out of Henry Lusk’s hands during a punt return and rumbled 39 yards for a touchdown.
The Utes closed out their scoring with Pulsipher’s fourth field goal of the game and Fuamatu-Ma’afala’s 39-yard run.
Utah dominated the first half with Pulsipher hitting three field goals and Fouts connecting on touchdown passes to Lusk (24 yards) and Kevin Dyson (15 yards).
Utah State got on the scoreboard with less than a minute left in the first half when Ivy Russell took a pass from Patrick Mullins and ran 64 yards for a touchdown.