Dark Night For Cowboys Against Utes

Nov. 13, 2004

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By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - A brownout that delayed the start for 99 minutes wasthe only thing that slowed down No. 7 Utah on Saturday night.

After power was restored, Utah rolled to a 45-28 victory over Wyoming,clinching a second straight Mountain West title and boosting the Utes' hopesfor a marquee bowl.

Utah's school-record 10-0 start combined with Wisconsin's 49-14 loss toMichigan State could move the Utes into the top six in the BCS standings and alikely berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah is 6-0 in conference play.

Alex Smith passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a game-high105 yards and another TD as Utah scored on its first five possessions. Smith,who completed 17 of 27 passes, has 27 touchdown passes and only twointerceptions on the season.

Steve Savoy had a 15-yard run that put Utah up 38-7 and a 10-yard TD amonghis six receptions as the Utes racked up 488 yards of offense.

John Madsen's 15-yard catch made it 45-14 on the final play of the thirdquarter.

Wyoming (6-4, 3-3) had no answer for the Utes' attack, which came close toits averages of 45.8 points and 500 yards.

Helped by Wyoming's ineptness, Utah piled up 318 yards and a 31-7 lead byhalftime. The Cowboys coughed up the ball on three of their first four drives.

Morgan Scalley's sixth interception of the season set up a 26-yard pass fromSmith to Paris Warren, putting Utah up 24-7 with 11:04 left in the first half.

Utah bolted to a 14-0 lead on Smith's 27-yard keeper and Marty Johnson's1-yard run before Wyoming scored on a 41-yard pass from Corey Bramlet to JovonBouknight.

"The early turnovers cost us," said Bramlet. "We were moving the ball well, and by letting their offense get back out there, that really hurt us.

"That was the best team that we've faced this year. They deserve the credit that they're getting right now."

David Carroll's 25-yard field goal left the Utes up 17-7 after one quarter.

Wyoming junior quarterback Corey Bramlet goes over the top for a second half touchdown. (UW Photo Service)


Bramlet, who passed for 278 yards but was intercepted twice, scored on twoshort runs in the second half and tossed a 20-yard TD to Bouknight with 34seconds left after the Utes' only turnover.

Smith's opening touchdown came after Corey Dodds recovered a Wyoming fumbleon the game's second play.

Marquess Ledbetter's interception on the Cowboys' next drive led to a64-yard Utah march capped by Johnson's TD run.

"Hats off to our kids for not giving up," quoted UW head coach Joe Glenn. "We played hard and gave it all we had. That tells you a lot about our kids.

"The turnovers really cost us in the first half. There is no question about that. We really needed scores on those drives to stay with them."

The start was delayed 1 hour, 39 minutes because of a partial power outage,leaving fans shivering in twilight and a 15-degree wind chill until kickoff at6:45 p.m.