Cowboys Downed By Utes, 30-6

Oct. 16, 2010

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Jordan Wynn passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Asiata ran for 109 yards and No. 11 Utah remained unbeaten with a 30-6 win over Wyoming on Saturday.

The Utes were held below their 49-point scoring average mostly due to three interceptions thrown by Wynn, including two in the end zone. But they still had no problem with Wyoming.

The Utes (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) now will be heavily favored next week against Colorado State before testing their BCS credentials against No. 23 Air Force, No. 4 TCU and Notre Dame.

Wyoming (2-5, 0-3) ended an eight-quarter scoring drought and scored its first fourth-quarter points this season when backup quarterback Dax Crum threw a 10-yard TD pass.

All five of Wyoming's losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Cowboys have played the third-toughest schedule in the nation, according to Sagarin computer ratings.

Wynn, who completed 16 of 25 passes in about 3 1/2 quarters, connected with Luke Matthews on a 45-yard score and with DeVonte Christopher on a 16-yard TD.

Asiata was the workhorse on the ground, rushing 16 times, while Eddie Wide and Reggie Dunn each scored on touchdown runs.

The Utes amassed 431 total yards on offense, close to their average for the year.

Shaky Smithson, who entered the game third in the nation in punt return average, added to his sparkling stats by returning four punts for 111 yards, a 27.8-yard average.

Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, who missed last week's loss at TCU because of injury, passed for 84 yards and rushed for another 27 to lead a Wyoming offense that managed 183 yards. Cowboys safety Chris Prosinski led the Wyoming defense with 12 tackles.

The Utes opened a 23-0 halftime lead, scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:26 of the half on Wynn's pass to Christopher, who spun away from one defender and carried a second into the end zone, and a 6-yard run by Wide that was set up by a 30-yard pass from Wynn to Brad Clifford.

Utah also added a 48-yard field goal from Joe Phillips in the second quarter, and has outscored its opponents 117-7 in the second quarter this season.

The Utes used trickery to score the game's first points when Wynn handed off to Asiata, who tossed the ball back to Wynn, who hit a wide open Matthews for the score.