(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: Utah 54, BYU 10
Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Utah scored 31 points off seven BYU turnovers as the Utes easily captured a lopsided 54-10 win over the Cougars in non- conference action at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Playing as non-conference members for the first time in a total of 87 meetings, the scoring output by the Utes (2-1) was the most in the series since the team recorded a 57-28 triumph over the Cougars (1-2) in 1988. Five of the previous six encounters were decided by a touchdown or less, with two of those going to overtime.
John White stepped up for the Utah offense and scored three touchdowns on the ground, while Jordan Wynn accounted for a pair of passing scores as well for the Utes as they became the first in-state opponent to defeat BYU since 2005. Wynn converted 16-of-30 passes for 239 yards and was intercepted once.
The Cougars were paced by Jake Heaps who converted 27-of-50 passes for 305 yards and a score, but he also tossed an interception before giving way to Riley Nelson late in the fourth quarter.
The first score of the game was tallied by the Utah defense after a bad snap by the Cougars deep in their own territory ended up in the end zone and Derrick Shelby fell on it to record the opening touchdown.
BYU responded with a 46-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen in the final seconds of the first frame, adding a 32-yard TD pass between Heaps and Ross Apo at the 6:23 mark of the second period.
With under a minute remaining in the first half, Wynn put the Utes back on top with a 30-yard TD pass to Jake Murphy, making the score 14-10 at the break.
The second half belonged to Utah exclusively, beginning with a 59-yard TD pass from Wynn to Dres Anderson on the opening drive of the third quarter. A 39- yard field goal by Coleman Petersen followed soon after, lifting the score to 24-10.
With the BYU defense looking defeated, White went to work for the Utes, scoring on a one-yard run with 8:32 to play in the third. White added TD runs of 62 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter as well, but before those two scores Petersen booted through a 20-yard field goal.
To add insult to injury, Utah's V.J. Fehoko scooped up a fumble and raced 57 yards for yet another touchdown for the Utes with just under four minutes to play in regulation to give the visitors a convincing 44-point margin of victory.
These two teams were both members of the Mountain West Conference up until this season, with BYU changing status to Independent in football beginning in 2011 and the Utes making the jump to the Pac-12 Conference.
This is the earliest these two programs have ever faced off against each other in the series, the only other time the squads have gotten together in the month of September being in 1958.
09/18 02:12:16 ET