Utah Utes: Bowl-eligible Utes far from satisfied in some areas
Tyler Cobb, Deseret News
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Although the Utah Utes improved to 6-0 and became bowl eligible, Saturday's 30-6 victory at Wyoming didn't leave them completely happy.
A turnover margin of minus-3 wasn't acceptable. Head coach Kyle Whittingham called it "abysmal" and said it would be a top priority as the Utes, who are No. 9 in the first BCS standings and in both major polls, prepare to host Colorado State this week.
"Absolutely," he emphasized. "No question about it."
Quarterback Jordan Wynn was intercepted three times by the Cowboys in the lopsided affair.
"We didn't possess the football like we're supposed to," Whittingham said.
Wynn is taking responsibility for the mistakes.
"I've just got to take care of the football," he said. "I kind of forced a few passes there."
The sophomore is determined to learn from the game and "just keep working."
It's an approach the entire team has continually taken during their third 6-0 start over the past seven seasons.
"We've got a lot of things to work on for this next game," said center Zane Taylor. "We want to keep doing well so we can win the Mountain West Conference."
The quest to do so is accompanied by simple philosophy. Taylor said the Utes are never satisfied. There's always work to do.
"The hay is never in the barn," he said while repeating the popular team phrase.
Cornerback Brandon Burton noted that the team has embraced a strong work ethic.
"We're trying to make every game a statement game. So it's not hard waking up every Saturday," he said after making a game-high six tackles against Wyoming. "These big wins are just showing the rest of the nation what we can do."
Whittingham acknowledged that the Utes did a lot of good things in topping the Cowboys.
Utah racked up 22 first downs while amassing 431 yards of total offense.. Wynn passed for 230 yards, while running back Matt Asiata finished with a game-high 109 yards rushing.
The defense kept Wyoming in check by surrendering just 183 yards and only 10 first downs. Eight Utes teamed on 11 tackles-for-loss.
Kicker Joe Phillips made a 48-yard field goal. It was part of a solid special teams effort that included effective punting by Sean Sellwood and another solid return game by Shaky Smithson.
Utes on the air
Colorado St. (2-5, 1-2) at Utah (6-0, 3-0)
Saturday, 4 p.m.
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