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Utah 47, Wyoming 17

11/16/2003

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's celebration after clinching at
least a share of its first conference championship in four years
was relatively subdued.

The Utes want to wait until they win the whole thing before
really cutting loose.

"Our mission is not completed," Utah strong safety Dave Revill
said after the Utes beat Wyoming 47-17 on Saturday. "That was our
goal from the beginning -- outright championship. I don't want to
share it,"

The Utes can win it all next week by beating state-rival Brigham
Young in Provo. Utah won a share of the 1999 MWC title, but hasn't
won a league outright since winning the Skyline Conference
champions in 1957.

After finishing 5-6 a year ago, it's better than most anyone in
Salt Lake City could have expected.

Alex Smith passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns and ran for
three scores and converted tight end Ben Moa ran for 125 yards for
Utah (8-2, 5-1), which had 548 yards of offense.

After shaking hands with the Cowboys (4-6, 2-3), the Utes calmly
walked across the field to the Utah student section for a brief
celebration with the Ute fight song before heading into the locker
room.

"We're not champs yet," defensive back Morgan Scalley said.

But they played like it Saturday. After allowing Casey Bramlet
to complete his first nine passes, the Ute defense regrouped and
all but shut down the Cowboys, which had been averaging 366.4 yards
per game.

Wyoming finished with 332 total yards, gaining just 70 in the
second half and not crossing midfield until the final play of the
game. Bramlet completed 18 of 29 passes for 257 yards and a
touchdown.

"In the second half, we found out a little bit about Utah
football," Utah coach Urban Meyer said. "That second half was the
best half we have had all year."

Meyer is the first Ute coach since Jim Fassel in 1985 to win
eight games in his first season at Utah.

Smith was 17-of-26 and ran 15 times for 76 yards as the Utes
continued to run the ball well without leading rusher Brandon
Warfield, who has missed the last two games while recovering from a
knee injury.

Meyer inserted Moa in the backfield two weeks ago against Air
Force and Moa scored three touchdowns and threw a two-point
conversion for the win as the Utes beat the Falcons 45-43 in triple
overtime.

Moa didn't score Saturday, but showed his versatility again with
22 carries and went over the 100-yard mark with a 9-yard run with
in the fourth quarter.

"That was awesome. He deserves it with the way he's run the
ball these last two games," Smith said. "He's only been in the
position two weeks but he looks like he's been there a while, the
way he's running and seeing holes."

Smith got pulled with about 5{ minutes left in the fourth for
Lance Rice. The senior backup ran for a 1-yard touchdown in his
final home game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, which is partially named
for Rice's grandfather and Ute donor, Bob Rice.

After an even first half, the Utes scored on their first five
possessions in the second half to beat the Cowboys for the fourth
straight time.

"Utah has good athletes. They are a good football team,"
Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said. "We couldn't get good field position
the second half. We fell off and couldn't get back on the horse."

Bryan Borreson broke a 17-all tie with a 42-yard field goal
early in the third quarter, then after a punt and interference
penalty on the coverage Utah got the ball back at the Wyoming 38.
Smith scored on a 15-yard run with 9:35 left, scored on a 7-yard
run on the Utes' next possession then hit Steve Savoy with a
34-yard touchdown pass less than a minute into the fourth quarter
to put Utah up 40-17. Smith and Savoy also connected on a 45-yard
TD pass in the second quarter.

Smith scored on a 4-yard run early in the first quarter after
Wyoming shanked a punt that set up the Utes at the Cowboy 30.

Wyoming came right back, marching 82 yards -- all on five
straight passes by Bramlet to tie the score at 7-all on a 13-yard
catch by Javon Bouknight, then took a brief lead on a 35-yard field
goal by Deric Yaussi.