Scores

Final

N Colorado 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Utah 41

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: Pac-12 Network

7:15 PM ET, August 30, 2012

Rice-Eccles Stadium, SALT LAKE CITY, UT

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 0 0 0 00
UTAH 0 21 7 1341

Top Performers

Passing: J. Wynn (UTAH) - 200 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. White (UTAH) - 24 CAR, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Murphy (UTAH) - 6 REC, 78 YDS, 2 TD

John White rushes for 119 yards as Utah routs Northern Colorado

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- 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 Murphy.

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 2007.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
UTAH
1st Downs726
Total Yards114414
Passing79221
Rushing35193
Penalties3-353-20
3rd Down Conversions4-159-15
4th Down Conversions0-13-3
Turnovers21
Possession22:2837:32

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lobato10/24743.100
UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wynn19/272007.421

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dennis8273.4010
Hildreth8202.506
UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
White241195.0128
Oliver7202.905

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Steele12424.0024
Davis3217.0010
UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Murphy67813.0223
Anderson45313.3016

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUNCOUTAH
TD13:05Jake Murphy 10 Yd Pass From Jordan Wynn (Coleman Petersen Kick) 07
TD02:17Travis Wilson 3 Yd Run (Coleman Petersen Kick) 014
TD00:34John White 5 Yd Run (Coleman Petersen Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERUNCOUTAH
TD10:51Travis Wilson 6 Yd Run (Coleman Petersen Kick) 028
FOURTH QUARTERUNCOUTAH
TD12:18Jake Murphy 8 Yd Pass From Jordan Wynn (Pat Failed) 034
TD10:42Joe Kruger 24 Yd Interception Return (Coleman Petersen Kick) 041