Another Utahn, Caleb Bennet of Morgan, posted a score of 74 and did not place in the second round of the bareback competition.
In saddle bronc riding, Jake Wright of Milford finished in a three-way tie for first place. Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Neb., and Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, also scored an 84.5. They all earned $14,527.
Cody Wright, a two-time world champion from Milford, just missed a top-six finish with an 82. Jesse Wright, also from Milford, did not post a score.
In steer wrestling, Tom Lewis of Lehi tied Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., for fifth place with a time of 4.2 seconds. Lewis earned $3,828 and took over fourth place in the average.
Three other Utah qualifiers struggled.
Kelli Tolbert of Hooper placed 12th in barrel racing with a time of 19.92 seconds. She was second in the opening round.
Veteran Clint Robinson, appearing in his fourth NFR, did not post a time in the tie-down roping.
In bull riding, Tag Elliott of Hatcher did not complete his eight-second round.
For Friday's results, see Scoreboard.
P Thursday through Dec. 15
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas