Jereme Brooks catches a 44-yard Jordan Wynn pass as he is defended by San Diego State defensive back, Kwincy Edwards during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Nov. 21, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - No. 23 Utah showed no hangover from its humbling and disappointing loss to TCU, quickly taking advantage of an overmatched opponent.
Eddie Wide rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns and the Utes scored all their points in the first half and coasted to a 38-7 win over San Diego State Saturday.
"We responded really well after last week. Our energy and passion was great in the first half and we executed well on offense, defense and special teams," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.
The Utes (9-2, 6-1 MWC) bounced back after losing 55-28 on the road to No. 4 TCU a week before to earn their 17th consecutive home win, the third-longest in the nation behind Oklahoma (28) and Boise State (24).
"That's exactly what we needed. We wanted to come out early and pass. It was a lot of fun," said Jereme Brooks, who caught seven passes for 100 yards.
Freshman Jordan Wynn completed 14 of 28 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. David Reed, who grabbed five receptions for 83 yards, became the sixth player in Utah history to compile more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
"We wanted to get out and throw it down the field," Reed said. "We got on top of them quick and rolled from there."
Ryan Lindley was 17 of 37 for 207 yards and connected with Dominique Sandifer for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for San Diego State (4-7, 2-5).
Utah's first touchdown drive took two plays and 23 seconds. Wynn connected with Reed for a 44-yard reception on the first play and then Wide ran it to the end zone from 8 yards out on the next snap. The Utes didn't find much more resistance the rest of a dominating first half.
Wide added another touchdown run before the end of the first quarter. Shaky Smithson scored out of the wildcat formation and then Wynn found Brooks for a 24-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone - a play that was reversed in the replay booth after the officials had ruled him out of bounds on the field.
Lindley, who completed just 4-of-18 passes in the first half, was intercepted by Joe Dale and he returned it 30 yards for another score, making it 35-0 with 5:48 until halftime. Joe Phillips kicked a 47-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter.
"They made some big plays and made them quick. On the other side, they kept us off-balance so we couldn't get any continuity or rhythm offensively," SDSU coach Brady Hoke said.
The Aztecs have lost three in a row and has dropped nine of the last 11 meetings with the Utes.
Utah played without starting defensive linemen Derrick Shelby (knee) and Kenape Eliapo (tackle) but shut down the Aztecs' rushing offense early and consistently pressured Lindley. The Aztecs rushed for 55 yards.
The Aztecs, who squandered a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose a week ago to Wyoming, continued their freefall and are now eliminated from any bowl possibilities.
"Sometimes you have to really hurt before you get better," Hoke said. "Our guys were ready to play but we faced a tremendous football team. Utah is an awfully good team."