Moss Rushes for 150 yards; Utah rolls over Weber St., 41-10

Utah running back Zack Moss, left, celebrates after scoring with teammate Jackson Barton, right, in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Weber State Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zack Moss rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving score to power Utah to a 41-10 win over Weber State on Thursday night.

The Utes tallied 587 yards, and Moss claimed the fourth-longest run from scrimmage in school history when he ran untouched for an 86-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) throws before the start of their NCAA college football game against Weber State Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah’s Tyler Huntley overcame an early pick to throw for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

The Wildcats stunned Utah with two quick scores, capitalizing on a muffed punt and an interception and led 10-0 in the first quarter. The Wildcats players danced on the sideline as Utah’s 52nd consecutive sellout crowd went quiet.

But Weber State couldn’t generate anything after that and Utah scored 41 straight and yielded just 61 yards of total offense, the third lowest mark all-time.

The Utes, who ran for 294 yards, have won 11 straight season openers and are now 21-1 in non-conference games since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

THE TAKEAWAY

Weber State quarterback Kaden Jenks (11) celebrates after a touchdown against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Weber State: The Wildcats hope to follow up their best-ever season in 2017 with another record-setting campaign despite the result in this one. Weber State is ranked No. 8 in the FCS but will need to improve their offense as freshman QB Kaden Jenks went 4-for-20 for just 10 yards and earned only three first downs.

Utah: After stumbling out of the gate, the Utes established their tradition program hallmarks with stout defense and a lethal run game for another season. The Utes added an array of offensive fireworks, but had a field goal blocked and committed four turnovers — a concern going forward.

UP NEXT

Weber State: The Wildcats visit Cal Poly on Sept. 8.

Utah: Next Saturday, the Utes will play at Northern Illinois, Utah’s first-ever Mid-American Conference opponent.

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