Nobody believed the Utes had a prayer of a chance against a Cardinal team that more resembles a team from the physical Southeastern Conference than one from the Pac-12.
But today it was the Utes who laid the wood to Stanford's highly touted bunch that upended Washington last week. It was the Utes who controlled the ground game -- heretofore believed to have been extinct since John White graduated.
And it was the Utes who held a distinct edge in time of possession -- which led to success not only rushing the football, but also in using several passing strategies that differed greatly from anything Utah had been using.
There were several things Utah had to do to have a chance against the No. 5 team in the country -- and it did those and more.
The effort on all sides of the ball got the Utes their first Pac-12 win this season and they now sit at 4-2 overall, looking ahead at two very winnable games at Arizona and at USC.
Here's how the Utes did the unthinkable: