Utah 41, N. Colorado 0
John White rushed for 119 yards, Jordan Wynn threw for two
touchdowns and backup quarterback Travis Wilson ran for two more
scores to power Utah over Northern Colorado 41-0 on Thursday night
in both teams’ season opener.
Wynn took some time to regain his form after missing the final
nine games of the 2011 season due to a left shoulder injury. The
Utes’ first drive ended in an interception by Courtney Hall on
Wynn’s underthrown pass, but he recovered to complete 19 of 27
passes for 200 yards, including both TD passes to tight end Jake
White, who set Utah’s single-season rushing record last year,
carried 24 times on his way to his ninth career 100-yard game.
Northern Colorado, which has lost 19 of its past 20 games and
was 0-11 last season, never crossed midfield and managed only 114
total yards on 50 plays.
The offenses struggled before Wynn lofted a 10-yard touchdown
pass to Murphy – his third reception of the drive – to get the Utes
on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.
Wilson, a highly touted freshman, relieved Wynn for two plays on
the Utes’ second scoring drive. The 6-foot-6 QB hurdled a defender
on his first run and on his next opportunity ran for a touchdown
from 3 yards out. For the game, he completed both of his passes and
ran for 15 yards on seven carries.
Just before halftime, White scored from 5 yards on fourth down
to make it 21-0.
Before Wynn and the rest of the starters exited for good, the
Utes set a Rice-Eccles Stadium record with a 21-play, 91-yard drive
that consumed 10:42 and culminated with a Wynn-to-Murphy 8-yard
Bears QB Seth Lobato completed 10 of 24 passes for 74 yards and
was sacked twice and hurried several times. Northern Colorado
rushed 24 times for just 35 yards.
Junior linebacker Clarence Bumpas had his 10th straight game of
double-figure tackles with 10 stops, but the Bears didn’t often
touch the Utah running backs until they were past the line of
scrimmage, and Utah’s quarterbacks were rarely pressured.
Utah improved to 35-0 all-time against schools in the current
Big Sky Conference and rolled up 414 yards of total offense on the
Bears. Despite Utah’s perennial defensive prowess, this game marked
the Utes’ first shutout victory since beating Wyoming 50-0 in