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

touchdown connection.

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