LARAMIE, Wyo. — The first run went for 7 yards by Matt Asiata. The second went for 10.
By then, the Utes had what they wanted — a ground threat — in Saturday's 30-6 win over Wyoming.
What's that the coaches love to say? Establish a running game. And so they did. Asiata, one of the Utes' older players, became the first on the team to rush for 100 yards this season, rolling for 109 yards on 16 carries.
No big master plan, said coach Kyle Whittingham, just the usual business.
"We didn't go into the game with any plan," said Whittingham. We didn't run him any more than Eddie (Wide). He just had the hot hand."
Asiata, of course, is the bruising Ute running back who has had his career sidetracked twice with major injuries. He received an NCAA extension for this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Louisville in the fourth game of last season. In 2007 he also missed most of the season, breaking his leg in the season opener.
This year, he's found a nice rhythm. His totals on Saturday moved him into the team rushing lead with 398.
The reason the Utes haven't had a 100-yard rusher before Saturday wasn't due to lack of effort or carrier. Whittingham has played Asiata and Wide almost evenly through six games. Asiata has carried 71 times, Wide 66.
But when you're hot, you're hot. Asiata had eight carries in the second quarter, moving his total to 74 yards, up to that point.