Making their first starts for Utah was J.J. Dielman, Delshawn McClellon, Hiva Lutui, Clint Shepard, Tevin Carter and Wykie Freeman.
Utah is 37-0 against current Big Sky Conference members.
Utah has won its seventh-straight season opener (six straight at home).
Travis Wilson was 13-for-18 for 265 yards passing, playing only in the first half. He scored on a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Kendal Thompson entered at quarterback in the second half, going 6-for-10 for 69 yards.
Devontae Booker led Utah in rushing with 10 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns, including a 38-yard run for a score. He also had Utah's longest reception of the day, a 61-yard catch to set up Utah's second touchdown of the game. Booker had 139 all-purpose yards.
Dres Anderson had 111 yards receiving (four catches) for his seventh career 100-yard receiving game, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time at Utah.
On his first career punt return, Kaelin Clay scored on a 46-yard touchdown return. It was Utah's first punt return for a touchdown since 2010, when Shaky Smithson had three punt returns for touchdowns. Clay also scored Utah's first kickoff return since 2012 (last done by Reggie Dunn) in the third quarter, a 100-yard runback. It was the 12th 100-yard kickoff return in school history. The last person to score two touchdowns on returns in a game was Dunn in 2012, who had two kick returns for touchdowns against California. He is the first Pac-12 player to have a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown in a game since Cal's Deltha O'Neal accomplished the feat in 1999. Clay had 159 all-purpose yards, which also included two pass receptions.
Tom Hackett dropped a punt at the one-yard line in the second quarter and at the three-yard line in the third quarter. He has placed 12 punts inside the five-yard line in his career and 20 inside the 10-yard line. Hackett also had a 28-yard rush for a first down on a fake punt play.
Utah had four offensive plays of 30+ yards - Devontae Booker 38-yard rush (TD); Travis Wilson to Devontae Booker 61- yard reception; Wilson to Dres Anderson 37-yard reception; Wilson to Anderson 48-yard reception.
Nate Orchard tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including a team-high 2.5 sacks. Jared Norris also had eight tackles with 1.5 TFL. Lowell Lotulelei had 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
Eric Rowe blocked a field goal in the second quarter, his first career blocked kick.
Dominique Hatfield played on both offense and defense.
Attendance of 45,925 is the fifth-largest at Utah, and the 26th-straight sellout at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Stadium capacity was increased by 790 seats during the offseason.