November 11, 2007

Glenn meets his day of accountability

Utah (7-3, 4-2) used a dominating first half performance from every unit to build an insurmountable lead and the defense kept the foot on the throat of the Cowboys (5-5, 2-4) in the second half as Utah coasted to a 50-0 victory.

In a much publicized and criticized statement to Wyoming students on Monday, Cowboys head coach Joe Glenn guaranteed victory over Utah. The Utes did not take kindly to the comments and made sure that the Cowboys knew early in the game that they were not happy about it and would pull out all the stops.

On Utah's first play from scrimmage after Wyoming turned the ball over on downs, they ran a nifty trick play to freshman receiver Jereme Brooks for a 28 yard touchdown run. Utah never let up or looked back.

Utah dominated the game in every way, racking up 505 yards of total offense while holding Wyoming to just 122. Utah held the ball for nearly 38 minutes of the game and converted on 50% of their 3rd downs while the defense allowed the Cowboys to convert on just 2 of their 13 3rd down tries. Wyoming's average starting field position was their own 24, while Utah's was their own 48. In the first half, Utah's average starting field position was Wyoming's 45 yard line.

While the offense and defense shined, the play of the game might have come from the special teams. Utah lined up to punt midway through the 2nd quarter when the three "personal protectors" of punter Louie Sakoda slipped off their blocks and headed downfield. Sakoda sold the punt, but pulled up and lofted a pass to one of the blockers, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Neli A'asa. A'asa raced down the west sideline and dove for the endzone, appearing to score on the play. The officials ruled A'asa down inside the one yard line, and Darrell Mack scored on the next play. That play got the crowd involved and the team fired up while showing the Cowboys that they were not going to let up regardless of the score.

Game Balls:

Offense: Offensive line. Wyoming came into the game 12th nationally with 29 sacks and 17th nationally in rush defense allowing on average 103.6 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. Utah's offensive line allowed just a single sack while paving the way for Utah's relentless ground game. Utah ran for 278 yards and a whopping 5.5 yards per carry.

Defense: Gabe Long. The defensive tackle had an outstanding game, recording 5 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and a career-high 3 sacks.



 

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