Utah shows toughness and winning culture, battling significant injury problems at Washington State

This season has not been what Utah coaches, players or fans hoped it would be. Yes, Utah can still make the Pac-12 Championship Game and pull everything together, but the odds of winning at Oregon on Nov. 19 are not great, given the health problems the Utes face across the board.

The details which enabled Utah to beat Washington State — chiefly, that Wazzu lacks a fundamentally competent offensive line and elite playmaking receivers — do not exist for the Oregon Ducks. Utah will need a fully healthy Cam Rising and Dalton Kincaid to win that game, and right now, neither of those players are healthy.

However, discussion of Nov. 19 in Eugene can wait.

Utah had a walk-on backup QB against Washington State in a road night game. The Utes were without Tavion Thomas and Micah Bernard. Keep in mind that Brant Kuithe is already out for the year.

The Utes still won. That’s worth a tip of the cap. This win shows what Kyle Whittingham has built in Salt Lake City.

Let’s take you through all the limitations Utah fought through to get this win:

THIS IS AN EYE-GRABBER

THE BACKUP WAS READY

RIGHT BEFORE GAME TIME

CAM RISING WAS NEVER AVAILABLE FOR THURSDAY'S GAME

BARNES WAS A BALLER

RISING TO THE MOMENT (IN PLACE OF CAM RISING)

TEAMMATES RALLIED

OPPORTUNISTIC

TRUTH

DALTON KINCAID HURT

TAVION THOMAS AND MICAH BERNARD OUT

RESPECT, UTAH

CONCLUSION

As Josh Newman of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote in his story excerpt above, this is the kind of win which players and coaches fondly remember years later. Regardless of how the season ends for Utah, this is a win guys will recall with great and deserved satisfaction. Everything was going against the Utes, and they still pulled together with a lot of backups answering the call.

Guys were prepared. They were resilient. They weren’t perfect — as one would expect of backups pressed into emergency service — but they found a way to the finish line in adverse circumstances.

That’s a winning program. Tip of the cap, Utes. That was impressive.

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire