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Utah report card

GRADE A

Offense

Quarterback Brian Johnson directed an attack that racked up 563 yards, 25 first downs and no turnovers. The Utes managed 179 yards rushing with rushing leader Quinton Ganther sidelined with a sore knee. Wide receiver John Madsen had a career-high 12 catches.

GRADE A

Defense

Wyoming's high-powered offense with receiving star Jovon Bouknight (four catches, 43 yards) never got on track. The Cowboys turned the ball over three times — Spencer Toone and Martail Burnett recovered fumbles, while Casey Evans intercepted a pass.

GRADE B+

Special teams

Kicker Dan Beardall extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to a school-record 11 with three made. He did, however, miss a PAT after 28 straight successes. A 45-yard kickoff return by Bouknight was countered by a 44-yarder from Marquis Wilson.

GRADE A

Overall

Faced with a must-win situation, the Utes shined. They excelled in all three facets of the game in overpowering the Cowboys. At 5-4 overall, Utah kept its bowl hopes alive entering season-ending contests against New Mexico and the Team Down South.