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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Top performances 2011: John White IV

By Kevin Gemmell

We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.

Up next: Welcome to the Holy War, Mr. White.

Who & against whom: Utah running back John White IV, playing in just his third major-college football game, scorches in-state rival BYU in the second half of the lopsided victory.

The numbers: At the time, it was a career high 174 rushing yards (he would add a 205-yard game and a 185-yard game later in the season) to go with three touchdowns on 22 carries for a 7.9 yards per carry average.

A closer look: It was the first time in 113 years the schools had met as non-conference opponents -- and White's introduction to the rivalry. After being held to just 9 yards on nine carries in the first half, White erupted for three scores in the second half. White's first score, a 1-yard push up the middle, put Utah ahead 30-10. The second was an ankle-busting 62-yard touchdown run that showed off his speed and athleticism. And on his 35-yard touchdown run to put the Utes ahead 46-10, White looked like he was shot out of a cannon after he made his first cut at the line of scrimmage. Utah went on to a very satisfying 54-10 win to stretch its overall hold on the series to 55-34-4.