In the end the result is what most people figured it would be with a 30-6 victory for the Utah Utes (6-0) over the Wyoming Cowboys (2-5). The victory for #11 Utah was not as polished as they hoped and Wyoming showed many of it's same season long struggles. It what could have been a final meeting between these two long time conference mates, it is a game that neither team will remember fondly.
With a couple of huge upsets this week in college football the Utah Utes were looking for a complete victory in order to make a big jump in the polls. This was not the statement that Jordan Wynn wanted to make with his 230 yard, two touchdown and three interception performance. Wynn was intercepted twice in the end zone and never seemed on top of his game.
Despite the down game for Wynn there was still plenty of strengths that the Utes showed off in the game. For Wyoming the three interceptions were a bright spot in a gloomy homecoming game. Full analysis after the jump.
Shaky Smithson showed why he is one the most prolific returners in the nation. On four punts he totaled 111 yards for a 27.8 average. His long was 46 yards and you have to start wondering when teams will just stop kicking to him.
The rushing attack for Utah was stellar with Matt Asiata picking up 108 yards and Eddie Wide III adding 56 along with a touchdown. Asiata missed this game last year due to injury, in what was a much closer 20-12 affair that the Utes won and Wynn made his career debut.
The defense for Utah was a little shaky in the first quarter but then put the clamps down until the fourth quarter. The Utes only allowed only 183 total yards and 10 first downs. Though they didn't force any turnovers in the game they did limit the damage of Wynn's turnovers by smothering the Cowboy offense.
For Wyoming the main mistake for the Cowboys was failing to strike while the iron was hot. Two solid drives into Utah territory in the first quarter went for naught. The first was killed a 15 yard illegal blocking penalty and the second ended in a missed 38 yard field goal by Ian Watts. After that the Cowboys struggled to move the ball the rest of the game.
Taushaun Gipson came up big in the fourth quarter with an interception that he returned 32 yards to the Utah 42. Dax Crum had been given the reins to start the fourth quarter and rest Austyn Carta-Samuels who struggled in his first game back from an injury. Crum used a 22 yard pass to Zach Bolger and and pass interference call on Brandon Burton to move the Pokes to the 10 yard line. Three plays later Crum found David Leonard for a 10 yard touchdown pass.
The touchdown for Leonard broke a couple nasty streaks for the Pokes. They had been shutout in their previous eight quarters and finally scored their first points in the fourth quarter this season. Hopefully getting the monkey off their backs will help shake things up the rest of the season.
Wyoming only had two interceptions coming into the game and now sit at five on the year. They now sit a -3 in turnover margin for the year.
Cowboy Joe: The secondary all deserves props for their play but honors go to Marqueston Huff who got his first interception as a Cowboy. The true freshman has made some nice plays on special forces this year and looks to really be coming into his own. Honorable mention to both Gipson brothers for their picks as well as Chris Prosinski who had 12 tackles.
Cowboy Low: Ian Watts was Mr. Clutch last year but hasn't been given many opportunities this year. Missing the 38 yard field goal in the first quarter killed the momentum of the offense and it never recovered. Watts also missed a second kick that was called back due to a Utah penalty.
Cowboy Foe: The Pac 10 Conference for taking away Utah and beginning the slow dismantling of the Mountain West Conference.