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Utah report card

GRADE A-

Offense

The Utes become just the third team in 50 games to surpass 200 yards rushing against New Mexico's highly touted defense. Utah lost two fumbles but racked up 17 first downs in the decisive first half. Alex Smith was intercepted late in the game.

GRADE A

Defense

Utah prevailed by stopping New Mexico on third down seven times in the pivotal first half. The Lobos' only score came on a fumble return. The lack of offense was not something the third-largest crowd in New Mexico history appreciated.

GRADE B+

Special teams

Bryan Borreson made all four of his PATs, and punter Matt Kovacevich picked up a key first down with a 21-yard run in the first half. Utah's return teams were a non-factor.

GRADE A

Overall

The 14th-ranked Utes improved to 5-0 on the season by winning their eighth consecutive road game by overcoming three turnovers and a hostile environment.