Utah's Devontae Booker doesn't disappoint in trip to Fresno State

Utah's Devontae Booker rushed for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 31 carries. AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

Fresno State made a late push, but a 45-24 Utah win meant it was the road team's night in the San Joaquin Valley. Devontae Booker rushed for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 31 carries in his first chance to play at Bulldog Stadium since his plans to play for Fresno State fell through five years ago.

Kendal Thompson played instead of injured Utes starting quarterback Travis Wilson. He threw for 159 yards and rushed for 31 more. Booker was also his favorite receiving target, catching five passes for 56 yards.

Utah's defense stifled Fresno State true freshman quarterback Chason Virgil. The Bulldogs replaced him with Zack Greenlee, who threw three touchdown passes to make the final score closer.

What this win means for Utah: The Utes survived a potential road trap game ahead of their showdown at Oregon next week. This game was particularly dangerous because of Wilson's injury, but -- as expected -- the combination of Booker and a rugged defense was enough to get the job done.

What this loss means for Fresno State: This result, coupled with last Saturday's 73-21 loss at Ole Miss, illustrates the rough two-week stretch the Bulldogs have just finished. Fresno State is a young team, but the experience it has accrued may benefit it in the conference opener at San Jose State next week.

Player of the game: Booker. The link at the top of this article discusses the added importance of this particular game to him. The senior didn't disappoint with a versatile performance that featured 212 all-purpose yards.

Stat of the game: Fresno State actually averaged more yards per play (5.7) than Utah (5.1), but that was in no way indicative of how this game played out: The Utes enjoyed methodical control throughout.