Utah easily won their 19th consecutive home game against hapless UNLV Saturday despite missing their starting quarterback.
Jordan Wynn, who had started five games last season and the opener against the Pittsburgh Panthers last Thursday, was out with an injured thumb. Replacing him was Terrance Cain, Utah's starter for the first half of the season last year.
If there is considerable difference between the two, it wasn't on display at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday afternoon, as Cain went 13 of 20 for 208 yards and two touchdowns. It was a big performance against a team the Utes have really rarely struggled against and have never lost to at home.
Was the win pretty? At times. I loved the two goal line stands by the defense. I also feel Shaky Smithson redeemed himself in a big way. His 77-yard punt return for a touchdown was one of the most amazing runs I've seen in a long, long time.
He wanted to prove himself and dammit, he did.
That was the good news with the special teams. The bad news? They had another blocked punt.
Fortunately, it didn't hurt them much and Utah really controlled the game from start to finish.
Sure, it's only the Rebels - but when you're missing your starting quarterback, a 38-10 win ain't so bad (and hey, the spread was only 20!).
Great to be 2-0 (it also doesn't hurt BYU lost today, either).
Oh and I LOVED THE WHITE PANTS!