Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott had four catches for 71 yards in a 20-17 win over Stanford this past Saturday, and he saved his best catch for last. In fact, Scott’s 3-yard touchdown reception in double overtime won the game.
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool,” Scott said on Ferrall on the Bench. “All through the week, we was working on red zone stuff. We figured once we got in the red zone that they’ll call that play. So all game long, I was just setting them up in the run game as if I’m running a fade route. When we had called that play, I did the same thing as I was doing earlier when I was running a fade route – but then I stuck it back in for the slant.”
Stanford had gone ahead, 17-14, after kicker Jordan Williamson drilled a 51-yard field goal. At that point, the Cardinal had to be feeling pretty good, especially playing at home. But Utah wouldn’t go away.
“We knew that we could win this game, so we was very confident,” Scott said. “Obviously our coach was very confident in us to call those plays and be able to execute.”
Amazingly, Utah and Stanford were tied, 7-7, midway through the second quarter, but neither team scored for the rest of the regulation. Despite playing two overtimes, both teams finished with fewer than 300 total yards. They also combined to go just 10-of-30 on third down.
“I’m telling you, it was an insane game,” Scott said. “We knew it was going to be another classic game – just like it was last year (when Utah won, 27-21). In our heads, we had the mentality of just keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting.”
So they fought. In the final minutes of regulation, Scott told quarterback Travis Wilson that the game was in his hands. Wilson, who finished 21-of-28 for 177 yards and two touchdowns, responded accordingly.
“He just had us going,” Scott said. “He was being confident in his reads, the way he was executing, making sure everybody was on the same page. He won us that game.”
Wilson has done a lot of that season. Utah improve to 7-3 (4-3) with the win and has won a pair of double overtime games on the road. The Utes beat Oregon State, 29-23, in Corvallis on Oct. 16.
“Man, it’s pretty dope,” Scott said of his team’s late-game heroics. “This is what college football is all about. I mean, yeah, you want the easy wins and things like that, but college football is all about going to the last minute and making memorable moments. It’s great just knowing when you’re in those situations (that) you (can) overcome adversity. It just shows the character of your team. This team right here, man, we got a lot of faith in each other. We execute when we need to. So it’s real fun just playing out here with my boys and stuff.”
Utah hosts No. 15 Arizona (8-2, 5-2) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.