After a first quarter lacking in offense, the Utah Utes exploded in the second en route to a 21-0 lead at halftime over the UNC Bears. Despite ending the first quarter with no points, the Utes looked like they were primed to score as the second quarter of their game began, starting on the Bears' 35 yard line.
Jordan Wynn connected with Jake Murphy, who beat the cornerback and was wide open in the corner of the end zone only two minutes into the quarter to put the Utes up 7-0. Wynn had a fantastic drive to lead the Utes to the score -- he went 5-5 with 56 yards.
Freshman Travis Wilson added a TD run to the scoreboard after a previous play that saw him hurdle over a tackler on the same drive. Johnny White put the final score on the board right before halftime with a short goal-line run.
The Bears were lucky to not give up a fourth touchdown right at the death of the half when their punter's knee touched the turf while fielding the ball for a punt. That gave Utah 17 seconds to get some more points from close range, but several pass played by Wynn ended up just short. Coleman Petersen's field goal slammed off the upright to end the half.
Continuing the trend from the first half, the Utah defense feasted on UNC's attack, not allowing the Bears to put together much of anything. Down 21-0 and looking as ineffective as they ever have been, the Bears have a mountain to climb if they want to get back into the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
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