Utes vanquish Weber State, prepare for UCLA contest Saturday

Utes backup QB Nate Johnson takes to prayer earlier this season before facing Weber State. Johnson recently announced his upcoming decision to enter the portal, where Utah will also look to gather offensive talent and defensive depth this offseason.
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The Utah Utes defeated the in-state Weber State Wildcats last Saturday, remaining undefeated on the season as they closed out nonconference play. The Utes did so once again without star QB Cam Rising, who they’ll hope can return from his ACL tear for their conference opener against UCLA Saturday. If Rising is unable to go, we’ll expect to see backup signal caller Nate Johnson, who went 13 for 21 passing against the Wildcats last week, in his first career start, for 193 yards and a touchdown. Johnson was also Utah’s leading rusher in the game, adding an impressive 71 yards and another touchdown off the ground on 16 carries, a major calling card of his game. The Utes’ opponent Saturday in the Bears also come into the game undefeated and ranked 22nd in the AP Top 25 Football Poll, creating just one of several marquee matchups in the sports’ fourth week of the season.

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