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Utah fans get hot and cold this year, while the defense remains steady

Utah football fans have endured either unseasonable heat or driving rain in the Utes’ four home games this year. Their reward is watching some of the best defense the home team has ever played, once Utah’s game vs. Northern Illinois in early September moved past the noon hour.

After allowing 17 first-half points to the Huskies, Utah has held opponents to 16 points in 14 quarters at Rice-Eccles Stadium, including Saturday’s 21-3 victory over Arizona State. The Sun Devils’ field goal came after a fumble recovery at the Utah 18-yard line.

Those three points and Oregon State’s last-minute touchdown in Utah’s 52-7 road win are all the Utes have given up in their last 10 quarters of Pac-12 play, starting at halftime of a 38-13 defeat of Washington State.