Matt Asiata scored a touchdown over an Iowa State player in Saturday's game
Oct. 9, 2010
Eddie Wide added three touchdowns for the Utes (5-0, 2-0 MWC), who scored 31 unanswered points in the second quarter and racked up their most points since beating Wyoming 69-14 in 1983.
Smithson, a wide receiver, gave the Utes a 17-14 lead with a 32-yard touchdown pass. Matt Asiata and Wide followed with short TD runs, and Wynn found Smithson for a 61-yard touchdown to make it 38-14 late in the first half.
Reggie Dunn's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown pushed Utah's lead to 51-20 midway through the third quarter.
Austen Arnaud had 178 yards passing for Iowa State (3-3, 1-1 Big 12), which has surrendered 106 points in the last two games.
Utah had seemingly gotten lost in the BCS-buster shuffle as Boise State and TCU rolled out to unbeaten starts. Utah's lone big win came against scuffling Pittsburgh, 27-24, in their opener, and the Utes had feasted on UNLV, New Mexico and San Jose State in subsequent weeks.
The Cyclones certainly aren't a Big 12 powerhouse, but the ease with which the Utes handled them was staggering.
Utah racked up 593 yards of offense, topped 50 points for the third week in a row and held Iowa State - which beat Texas Tech 52-38 just a week ago - to 0-for-11 on third downs.
But on a night when seemingly every Ute shined, none stood out quite like Smithson.
In the first half alone, Smithson set up a touchdown with a spectacular 78-yard punt return, threw a TD pass off a reverse and snagged a long touchdown pass to help put the Utes ahead 41-14.
On his punt return, Smithson fought his way through traffic near the right sidelines, cut left and then back inside before running out of gas at the two-yard line. Wynn followed with a short TD pass to Wide to give Utah a 10-7 lead.
Smithson then pulled up on a reverse and chucked the ball into the end zone. It was a risky toss between two Iowa State defenders, but the ball plopped in DeVonte Christopher's lap to put the Utes back ahead 17-14.
Utah took control from there, as Asiata and Wide capped long drives with short TD runs. Smithson then pulled up on a fly pattern to grab Wynn's pass, shook off his defender and sprinted 61 yards for the score.
Iowa State knew it would need some breaks to hang with the Utes, and the Cyclones took advantage of two early takeaways to jump ahead 14-10.
Wide's fumble deep in Utes territory led to a two-yard TD run by Alexander Robinson, and Arnaud followed a Wynn pick with a 20-yard touchdown toss in the back of the end zone to Jake Williams.
The lead didn't last though, because Iowa State couldn't control the line of scrimmage or even slow the high-flying Utes.
Even when the Cyclones scored, Utah quickly topped them. Arnaud threw a 36-yard TD pass to Collin Franklin in the third quarter. But Utah blocked the extra point, and Dunn took the kickoff 100 yards for a score.
The Utes had 109 yards on a pair of interception returns and 156 yards on six punt returns.