Louisville 14

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Utah 30

(3-1, 2-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 0 0 7 714
UTAH 14 6 0 1030

Top Performers

Passing: T. Cain (UTAH) - 202 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Wide (UTAH) - 19 CAR, 129 YDS

Receiving: D. Reed (UTAH) - 6 REC, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Utah takes control early, cruises to win over Louisville

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Terrance Cain threw for two touchdowns and Eddie Wide ran for 129 yards to help Utah cruise to a 30-14 win over Louisville on Saturday night.

Cain completed his first eight passes and the Utes scored two touchdowns 18 seconds apart to take control early and help get going again after a 31-24 loss at Oregon last week that ended the nation's longest active winning streak.

Wide replaced Matt Asiata, who left after a knee injury on the game's first touchdown, and made many of his 19 carries on direct snaps with Cain often lined up in the slot position.

After Louisville closed to 23-14 in the fourth quarter, Cain capped an 80-yard drive with a wide receiver screen to Jereme Brooks, who outran the Cardinals for a 34-yard touchdown.

Cain completed 17 of 22 passes for 202 yards.

The most anxious moment for the Utes came when Cameron Graham grabbed a tipped ball off receiver Scott Long's hands and scored a touchdown with 8:51 remaining in the final quarter to cut Utah's lead to 23-14.

Utah is now 4-0 against Louisville. The teams' only prior meeting in Salt Lake City was the first game played in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Sept. 12, 1998. Utah has won 12 straight in the stadium.

Since the Bowl Championship Series began in 1998, Utah has won 18 games against teams from automatic qualifying conferences, more than any other non-BCS school. The Utes are 7-0 against current members of the Big East Conference.

On a drive fueled by Wide's 25-yard scamper, Joe Phillips hit his third field goal with 12:34 left in the game to put the Utes ahead 23-7 in front of a homecoming crowd that numbered 45,588, sixth-largest in team history.

The Utes seemed to make all the big plays right from the start. R.J. Stanford blocked Ryan Payne's field goal attempt to thwart Louisville's quick-striking first drive that had the Cardinals first-and-goal at the Utah 8-yard line.

Asiata took a pitch to the left side midway through the first quarter and broke four tackles on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring. After the score, Asiata, who led the Mountain West Conference with a 101-yard rushing average, went straight to the locker room.

Utah's highly touted offensive tackle, Zane Beadles, also left the game with a cut leg in the third quarter.

After two thrilling plays, Utah was in the end zone again. Koa Misi chased Louisville's Trent Guy on a reverse and forced a fumble from the back side that Robert Johnson threw back into the field of play as he fell out of bounds. Stanford recovered the ball for Utah.

On the next snap, Cain lofted a 42-yard pass that was caught in stride by David Reed for a touchdown -- and the longest play from scrimmage against the Louisville defense this season.

Late in the second quarter, Joe Phillips added field goals from 30 yards and 48 yards to give Utah a 20-0 lead at the half.

Chaz Thompson intercepted Cain on the Utes' first possession of the second half, which led to Justin Burke's 8-yard touchdown scramble with 7:47 left in the third quarter to get Louisville on the scoreboard. Burke was 15 of 33 passing and was sacked six times.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1819
Total Yards261416
3rd Down Conversions4-144-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0

Passing Leaders


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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD06:04Matt Asiata 24 Yd Run (Joe Phillips Kick) 07
TD05:46David Reed 42 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 014
FG05:17Joe Phillips 30 Yd 017
FG00:00Joe Phillips 48 Yd 020
TD07:47Justin Burke 8 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 720
FG12:34Joe Phillips 24 Yd 723
TD08:51Cameron Graham 16 Yd Pass From Justin Burke (Ryan Payne Kick) 1423
TD05:08Jereme Brooks 34 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 1430