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No. 14 Utah Looks Perfect in a 28-7 Win

From Times Wire Reports

Quarterback Alex Smith was efficient, Steve Savoy sure-handed and Utah’s defense too quick for New Mexico in the No. 14 Utes’ 28-7 Mountain West Conference victory Friday night at Albuquerque, N.M.

Smith ran for two touchdowns and Savoy caught 11 passes for 150 yards. The 14th-ranked Utes (5-0, 2-0) forced New Mexico into more punts (14) than first downs (eight).

“There’s no doubt that they did their homework on us,” New Mexico quarterback Kole McKamey said.

Utah has won nine in a row and is off to its best start since 1994. New Mexico (2-3, 0-1) beat Utah, 47-35, last year -- the Utes’ last loss.

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Washington State officials said they were mistaken when they announced an Oct. 9 game against Oregon would be televised with an evening kickoff, and the Pacific 10 game at Martin Stadium will remain at 2 p.m.

Oregon declined to move the kickoff to 7 because Washington State officials missed a deadline set by the conference, Oregon Athletic Director Bill Moos said.

Had the Cougars reached agreement with Fox Sports Northwest before noon Tuesday, the Ducks -- as the visiting team -- would have been required to play the night game, Moos said.

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Connecticut defensive lineman Tyler King underwent surgery on his broken right leg, suffered in the Huskies’ 28-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.... Running back Frank Gore, who has been slowed because of tendinitis in a knee, is expected to start today against Georgia Tech, but Coach Larry Coker said Tyrone Moss could get an equal number of carries. Moss leads the team with 222 rushing yards.... Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang is expected to overtake North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers in career passing yardage tonight when the Warriors play host to Tulsa. Chang has 13,479 passing yards and Rivers, who is second on NCAA list, has 13,484. Ty Detmer of Brigham Young has the 13-year-old mark of 15,031 yards.


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