Utah Utes football: Game at a glance

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

Utah's 13 Kelvin York makes a catch during the game against the Northern Colorado Bears at the University of Utah on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Player of the game

Jake Murphy

Tight end caught six passes for 78 yards, including two touchdowns of 10 yards and 8 yards from Jordan Wynn.

Key call

The Utah offense used freshman Travis Wilson in goal-line situations that resulted in two touchdown runs from 3 and 6 yards out.

"Overall it was a decent start, but obviously the degree of difficulty gets much higher next week. We're going to have to go up to Logan and that will be a tough football week for us."

Kyle Whittingham

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Second quarter

UTAH (13:05): Jordan Wynn 10-yard pass to Jake Murphy (Coleman Petersen kick)

12 plays, 74 yards, 5:54

KEY PLAY: Wynn converts on third down with a 17-yard pass to Murphy to the Bears' 11-yard line.

UTAH (2:17): Travis Wilson 3-yard run (Petersen kick)

5 plays, 40 yards, 2:33

KEY PLAY: Wynn finds Murphy for a 23-yard reception to the Bears' 17-yard line.

UTAH (:34): John White 5-yard run (Petersen kick)

6 plays, 52 yards, :57

KEY PLAY: A 15-yard roughing the passer penalty helps the Utes to the Bears' 14-yard line.

Third quarter

UTAH (10:51): Wilson 6-yard run (Petersen kick)

5 plays, 67 yards, 2:23

KEY PLAY: White carries the ball for a 28-yard gain on the Utes' second play of the half.

Fourth quarter

UTAH (12:18): Wynn 8-yard pass to Murphy (Petersen kick fail)

21 plays, 91 yards, 10:42

KEY PLAY: Wynn goes 5-for-7 passing on the drive, finding receivers for 48 yards.

UTAH (10:42): Joe Kruger 24-yard interception return (Petersen kick)

STATS

Utah . . .NC

First downs 26 . . . 7

Rushes-yards (net) 193 . . . 35

Passing-yards (net) 221 . . . 79

Completions-attemps-Int 21-29-1 . . . 11-26-1

Plays-yards 76-414 . . . 50-114

Fumbles-lost 0-0 . . . 5-1

Penalties-yards 3-20 . . . 3-35

Punts-average 52.5 . . . 42.4

Punt returns-yards 0-0 . . . 4-12

Kickoff returns-yards 0-0 . . . 5-58

Interception returns-yards 1-24. . . 1-0

Time of possession 37:32 . . . 22:28

Sacks by-yards 2-20 . . . 0-0

Third-down conversions 9-15 . . . 4-15

Fourth-down conversions 3-3 . . . 0-1

A—45,273

RUSHING —UTAH— J. White 24-119, J. Oliver 7-20, K. York 5-19, T. Wilson 7-15, Dres Anderson 1-11, J. Wynn 3-9; NC— D. Tromaine 8-27, Q. Hildreth 8-20, W. Jefferson 1-14, R. Holland 3-5, D. Stamphil 1-3, M. Puckett 1-(-14), S. Lobato 2-(-20).

PASSING — UTAH— J. Wynn 19-27-200-1; T. Wilson 2-2-21-0; NC— S. Lobato 10-24-74, M. Baca 1-2-3-1.

RECEIVING — UTAH— J. Murphy 6-78, D. Anderson 4-53, A. Denham 2-18, D. Rolf 2-14, D. Christopher 2-13, J. White 2-13, K. Scott 1-11, D. Rogers 1-11, R. Dunn 1-10; NC— D. Steele 1-24, J. Davis 3-21, D. Gunn 3-11, C. Morris 2-11, W. Jefferson 1-7, D. Stimphil 1-5.

INTERCEPTIONS — UTAH— J. Kruger 1-24; NC— C. Hall.

SACKS — UTAH— T. Reilly 1-13, N. Fakahafua 1-7.

TACKLES — UTAH— D. Fagergren 6, Q. Chappuis 5, E. Rowe 4, L. Walker 4, M. Lee 3, T. Reilly 3, R. Lacy 3, V. Fauonuku 3, J. Kruger 3, J. Whittingham 3, N. Brown 3, N. Fakahafua 2, S. Lotulelei 2, L. Filiaga 2, T. Palamo 2, K. Williams , V. Fehoko , L. Matthews, L. Tuipulotu, M. Walker, N. Leota, W. Freeman, C. Johnson; NC— B. Clarence 10, T. Herve 9, G. Marcel 8, S. Lexington 8, J. Bible 6, L. Whittingham 5, T. Dogins 4, C. Friend 4, K. Griffin 4, D. Chapple 4, C. Hall 3, G. Miller 3, C. Sparacio 3, D. Sierra 3, M. Lucas 3, R. Holmes 3, L. Benford 2, M. Gackle 2, D. Gunn, A. Vave, D. Velde, J. Davis, I. Jones, W. Jefferson, C. Gilmore.

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