Critics said the Utes didn't deserve their Top 10 ranking, Las Vegas said Utah was only six points better than Iowa State. The Utes proved their doubters wrong once again...and then some.
Utah's offense exploded for 68 points on the road against Big 12 school Iowa State. The Utes piled up 593 yards of total offense after a slow start to the game. The Utes scored 31 points in the second quarter alone.
Jordan Wynn played one of his best career games passing for 325 yards on 23/31 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in the first quarter. All in just three quarters of play.
The biggest performance however, has to go to Shaky Smithson who continues to showcase his talents as one of the nations most exciting players. He had 293 all purpose yards from punt returning, receiving to even a 32 yard touchdown pass to DeVonte Christopher on a reverse.
Utah's defense stuffed the Cyclones holding senior QB Austen Arnaud to 41% passing and interception two passes. 14 of Iowa State's points were scored off Utah turnovers, giving them great field position and 7 were scored in garbage time. The Utah defense held Iowa State to 0-11 on third down conversions. The defense played much better than the score shows.
Speedster Reggie Dunn returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Shaky Smithson nearly returned a punt for a touchdown as Utah's special teams continue to provide Sportscenter Top 10 caliber plays.
DeVonte Christopher was Utah's leading receiver with 124 yards receiving and a touchdown on 6 completions. Smithson also added 75 yards and a touchdown. Eddie Wide led all rushers with 75 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns.
Utah didn't just beat an above average Big 12 team on the road, they did it with style. Don't be surprised to see voters reward the Utes for their performance, as No. 9 Arizona lost.
The Utes continue to prove how powerful their offense is, which was hyped preseason to be Utah's best ever. The Utes are averaging 60 points per game over their last three, 49 points per game overall on the season.