September 18, 2006
The grades are in
After beating up on a division I-AA team, the Utes were supposed to have faced tougher competition from in-state WAC foe Utah State. Historically the Aggies have always gotten up for this game, more so than Utah in some years past. But the Utes have dominated the Aggies over the span of the last 9 years and don't appear to be giving up their control of the hapless Aggies any time soon.
Grading the offense
Offense overall: B+
After a disastrous start to the season for Brett Ratliff in which he only threw one TD pass against UCLA, the senior JC transfer has improved his consistency and decision making considerably, albeit against inferior competition. Ratliff moved to 4-1 as Utah's starter and has done enough to quell most of the talk of a quarterback controversy at this point. Against Utah St, Ratliff showed good decision-making skills by completing 18 of 26 passes for 182 yards. Ratliff was also the leading rusher of the game with 45 yards on 8 carries.
One of the changes that Ute fans noticed against Utah St was a considerably more mobile Ratliff who rolled out of the pocket all night and ran the play-action game to near perfection. Two areas of major concern for the Utes at this point are Ratliff's execution of the option game and his ability to be consistent in his passes. If Ratliff can settle down with his throwing game and refine his option skills the Utes could be in for some high scoring games.
Backup Tommy Grady entered the game with late in the game and led the Utes to the end zone on a short drive. With 4 attempts, and 2 completions, Grady looked good and showed some decent maneuverability but also showed his lack of experience when he almost turned the ball over on Utah State's 10-yard line.
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