Baylor vs. Utah: QB Injuries and the Battle of Backup QBs

Utah’s quarterback, Cam Rising, was sidelined for his second consecutive game on Saturday against Baylor as he continues to recuperate from an ACL tear.

In Rising’s absence, Bryson Barnes and Nate Johnson took the reins, collectively throwing for 153 yards. The Utes managed to secure a hard-fought 20-13 victory, scoring two crucial touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with the game-deciding touchdown coming just 17 seconds before the final whistle.

Rising showed signs of progress in practice this week, but insiders with knowledge of the situation had indicated that his participation in the game was doubtful, despite him traveling with the team.

Sources have now indicated that Rising is anticipated to make his return later this month. Utah is scheduled to face Weber State in their upcoming game before kicking off Pac-12 play against UCLA on September 23. This date appears to be a logical target for Rising’s return, as he continues to increase his involvement in practice.

Rising had established himself as a prominent figure in the sport during the previous season, amassing an impressive 3,034 passing yards with 26 touchdown passes before his unfortunate injury in the Rose Bowl. Under his leadership, Utah had achieved back-to-back 10-win seasons and clinched Pac-12 titles.

Even in Rising’s absence on August 31st against Florida, Utah managed to put up a respectable 24 points on the scoreboard. Memorable moments included a spectacular 70-yard deep pass from Barnes to Money Parks for the game’s opening score, and Johnson’s impressive 27-yard rushing touchdown.

It’s worth noting that Baylor also had to contend with the absence of their top quarterback, as Blake Shapen, the starting QB, sustained an MCL injury during the season-opening defeat to Texas State. He is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks. In his place, Sawyer Robertson, a transfer from Mississippi State making his first career start, completed 12 of 28 passes for 218 yards, albeit with two interceptions.

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