SALT LAKE CITY — If Jordan Wynn ever has a chance to play a full game, who knows what the Ute quarterback might accomplish.
Once again Wynn left early, this time midway through the third quarter of Utah's 59-6 romp over Colorado State. When he exited the game with 8:09 left in the third quarter and the Utes up by 32, Wynn had passed for 321 yards on 23-of-29 completions and no interceptions.
It was the third-best passing yards total of his short career, four behind his 325-yard total at Iowa State earlier this month and just behind his 338-yard game against Cal in last year's Poinsettia Bowl. His 79.3 passing percentage was the best of his career and his 71-yard touchdown pass to DeVonte Christopher in the second quarter was his longest.
However, the stat he and coach Kyle Whittingham liked the best was the zero interceptions.
A week earlier at Wyoming, Wynn threw three interceptions, including two in the end zone, keeping the game closer than the Utes would have liked. Whittingham mentioned it to the press so many times last week that he said late in the week it was about time to stop talking about it.
"We had a talk about it on Monday and he didn't need to be reminded about it," Whittingham said. "He's a competitor and he's his own worst critic, so nobody needed to get on him. He's very self-motivated and knew what he needed to do."
Wynn said he was determined not to turn the ball over after the picks the week before.
"It was definitely in my mind," said Wynn. "Taking care of the football is always my main focus. We didn't turn the ball over and I'm definitely happy with that."
Wynn came out quickly, completing his first three passes on Utah's opening 71-yard scoring drive. By the time the first quarter was over, he was 6-of-7 for 66 yards.
However, he really got cranking in the second quarter, hitting Eddie Wide with a 30-yard screen pass for a touchdown and then zipping a pass to Christopher over the middle that the sophomore receiver turned into a 71-yard scoring play.21 comments on this story
By halftime, Wynn was 19 of 24 for 243 yards and after he led the Utes to two more scores, including an 18-yard strike to Shaky Smithson in the back of the end zone, he was done for the day and he relaxed on the bench while Terrance Cain took over.
Cain had another fine outing, completing 9 of 11 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown. He hit tight end Dallin Rogers with a 35-yard pass and hit Smithson for a 32-yard pass that may have been the most exciting play of the night as Smithson went from the west sideline to the east sideline before being tackled at the 11-yard line. Cain capped off the drive with a 6-yard pass to freshman Griff McNabb.
Because he sat out two games with an injury, Wynn hasn't been among the leaders in the country in passing efficiency, but after next week, when he will have played in 75 percent of Utah's games, he should find himself in the top 10 in the nation in pass efficiency.