Scores

Final

(14) Utah 56

(3-0, 1-0 away)

New Mexico 14

(0-3, 0-2 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 18, 2010

University Stadium (NM), Albuquerque, NM

1 2 3 4 T
#14UTAH 7 14 28 756
UNM 0 0 14 014

Top Performers

Passing: T. Cain (UTAH) - 248 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Vakapuna (UTAH) - 7 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Brooks (UTAH) - 6 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

No. 14 Utah runs away from New Mexico

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Terrance Cain might have to give up Utah's starting quarterback job when Jordan Wynn gets healthy.

But if Cain does end up heading back to the bench, he'll have a record to take with him.

Cain completed 20 of 23 passes to set a school record for completion percentage in a game and Shaky Smithson capped a three-touchdown surge in the third quarter with a 73-yard punt return as No. 14 Utah beat New Mexico 56-14 on Saturday night.

"It's great to have that stat but the most important stat is to get the victory," said Cain, who completed 87 percent of his passes. "That's all I'm worried about."

Cain finished with 248 yard and a career-high three touchdowns for the Utes (3-0, 2-0 Mountain West Conference). He broke the completion percentage record held by his quarterback coach, Brian Johnson.

Wynn started Utah's first game but has sat out the last two with a sprained thumb.

"The receivers ran great routes," he said. "The offensive line was holding them great. Running backs, tight ends and receivers were making great catches so it was just my job to get them the ball. They're working their butts off to get open so I just have to get them ball."

After A.J. Butler returned a fumble 27 yards for touchdown to pull the Lobos (0-3, 0-1) within 21-7 to open the third quarter, the Utes responded quickly.

"If we let the turnover and the touchdown get us down, it's a momentum shift," Cain said. "We had to get the momentum right back and strike back. Then our defense got pumped and made a great play and it just started from there."

Cain found Jereme Brooks for a 75-yard score and on New Mexico's next possession, linebacker Matt Martinez went 36 yards with an interception return for a score.

Smithson followed with his touchdown and finished with 223 total return yards.

"You really don't want to think too much," he said. "You just want to execute whatever the coach calls. And I know my teammates are going to make great blocks, and I all have to do run the ball, then just make a couple people miss. All the great special teams players just make a couple of people miss."

New Mexico played without starting quarterback B.R. Holbrook because of a knee injury. Replacement Brad Gruner went 3 for 8 for 33 yards and ran for 32 yards before leaving with an injury.

New Mexico has been outscored 180-31 to start the season in a stretch that has included two ranked teams.

"That was a very good Utah team, very deserving of the No. 14 ranking," Lobos coach Mike Locksley said. "I am disappointed that we didn't play as well as I had hoped we were going to play. We just finished a very rough three-game stretch."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
UNM
1st Downs1916
Total Yards428230
Passing248161
Rushing18069
Penalties6-655-54
3rd Down Conversions6-126-18
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers31
Possession26:5633:04

Passing Leaders

UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cain20/2324810.830
New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Austin15/271284.711

Rushing Leaders

UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robles66410.7047
Vakapuna7436.1124
New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Austin8384.8014
Dennis9252.807

Receiving Leaders

UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brooks69916.5175
Christopher25527.5133
New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dennis44110.3029
Hernandez23316.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTAHUNM
TD06:55Matt Asiata 1 Yd Run (Joe Phillips Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUTAHUNM
TD11:00Dallin Rogers 1 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 140
TD00:29Terrance Cain 12 Yd Run (Joe Phillips Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERUTAHUNM
TD14:49A.J. Butler 27 Yd Fumble Return (James Aho Kick) 217
TD14:04Jereme Brooks 75 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 287
TD13:08Matt Martinez 36 Yd Interception Return (Joe Phillips Kick) 357
TD09:48Shaky Smithson 73 Yd Punt Return (Joe Phillips Kick) 427
TD03:16Bryant Williams 18 Yd Pass From Tarean Austin (James Aho Kick) 4214
TD01:24DeVonte Christopher 33 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 4914
FOURTH QUARTERUTAHUNM
TD12:23Tauni Vakapuna 24 Yd Run (Joe Phillips Kick) 5614