LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- A brownout that delayed the start was the
only thing that slowed down Utah on a bitterly cold Saturday
Ignoring the 99-minute delay, Utah (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, no. 7 AP) rolled to a 45-28 victory over Wyoming in a game that wasn't as close as the final score
indicated, bolstering the Utes' hopes of cracking the Bowl
Championship Series party.
"There's still another big week of football for us and for the
rest of the country, and for a lot of teams two more weeks," said
Utah's Alex Smith, who passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns
and ran for 105 yards and another score. "There's still lots to
happen, and I said this before, I think it will all take care of
After the delay, caused by a power failure, Utah built a 31-7
halftime lead, then stretched it to 45-14 en route to clinching a
second straight Mountain West title.
Utah's school-record 10-0 start combined with Wisconsin's 49-14
loss to Michigan State could move the Utes into the top six in the
BCS standings and a likely berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah is 6-0 in
conference play with one game left, against rival BYU at home.
Utes coach Urban Meyer admitted the delay made it difficult to
keep his players fired up.
"That was 'Coaching 101," he said. "I kept looking through
the manual and I couldn't find that, how to handle an
Wyoming players said the late start was not a factor in the
team's early miscues: three turnovers in the first four
Utah committed only one giveaway -- a meaningless fumble late in
"The thing I'm most impressed with in their offense is they
don't make mistakes," Wyoming defensive tackle Zach Morris said.
Morris said that Smith "is a great player. He's definitely the
best player in our conference, but he's got a lot of guys around
him to help him out."
Cowboys coach Joe Glenn was proud his team outscored the Utes
21-14 in the second half and said Utah deserves to be in a BCS
"Absolutely. There's no question about it," he said. "That
quarterback is special. Big guy can run. The offensive line is
Smith completed 17 of 27 passes as Utah scored on its opening
five possessions. He has 27 touchdown passes and only two
interceptions on the season.
Steve Savoy had a 15-yard run that put Utah up 38-7 and a
10-yard TD among his six receptions as the Utes racked up 488 yards
John Madsen's 15-yard catch made it 45-14 on the final play of
the third quarter.
Wyoming (6-4, 3-3) had no answer for the Utes' attack, which
came close to its averages of 45.8 points and 500 yards.
Morgan Scalley's sixth interception of the season set up a
26-yard pass from Smith 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's 1-yard run before Wyoming scored on a 41-yard pass from
Corey Bramlet to Jovon Bouknight, who had six catches for a
career-high 142 yards and two TDs.
Bramlet, who was 17 of 28 passing for 278 yards and intercepted
twice, scored on two short runs in the second half and tossed a
20-yard TD to Bouknight with 34 seconds left.
Smith's opening touchdown came after Corey Dodds recovered a
Wyoming fumble on the game's second play.
Marquess Ledbetter's interception on the Cowboys' next drive led
to a 64-yard Utah march capped by Johnson's scoring run.
The game was played in a biting wind that made it feel like 15