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White, Dunn power Utah over Washington State 49-6
UTAH 49, WASHINGTON ST 6

By Lynn DeBruin
AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Reggie Dunn returned a kickoff 100 yards
for the third time in two weeks and John White rushed for 101
yards and two touchdowns as Utah defeated Washington State 49-6
Saturday.



The loss was the sixth straight for Washington State (2-7, 0-6
Pac-12), assuring coach Mike Leach of his first losing season.



Utah (4-5, 2-4) has won two straight.



White also caught an 18-yard TD pass as Utah scored on five
first-half possessions and led 31-0 at halftime.



Dunn opened the second half with his school-record fourth career
100-yard return. He had an NCAA-record two 100-yard kickoff
returns last week.



Utah freshman Travis Wilson completed 17 of 21 passes for 171
yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.



Washington State's Jeff Tuel was 23 of 45 for 232 yards, with a
5-yard TD pass to Kristoff Williams on the game's final play.
Tuel was intercepted, fumbled and sacked six times.



The Utes are 11-0 when White rushes for 100 yards. He had 96 by
halftime, and carried the ball just three times in the second
half before taking a seat in the blowout victory.



White's 47-yard run around right end gave Utah a 7-0 lead with
9:04 left in the first quarter. He broke two tackles on the
play, including one at the 30-yard line that gave him a clear
path down the sideline.



Utah took a 14-0 lead on Wilson's 5-yard TD pass to Max Moala
with 3:46 left in the first. The big play in the drive was
Wilson's 24-yard pass across the middle to Anthony Denham, who
held on despite a high hit by Casey Locker that knocked Denham's
helmet off and drew a 15-yard personal-foul penalty.



White's 2-yard touchdown run pushed Utah's lead to 21-0 with
12:07 left in the half. Four minutes later, Utah led 24-0 after
Reggie Topps' interception set up Coleman Petersen's 20-yard
field goal - his first in six games. Wilson's 18-yard TD pass to
White gave Utah a 31-0 lead at the break.



At halftime, Utah held a 285-116 edge in total yards, 141-15
edge in rushing yards and 7-minute edge in time of possession.



Nothing went right for the Cougars and Tuel, who set a school
passing mark with 43 completions last week as Washington State
took it down to the wire against nationally ranked Stanford.



Tuel completed three of his first five passes for 41 yards
Saturday, but was just 1 of 9 for 6 yards the rest of the
quarter.



Washington State crossed midfield three times in the first half,
with one possession ending on a missed 49-yard field goal by
Andrew Furney and two failed fourth-down plays. Tuel threw
behind Marquess Wilson on fourth-and-12 from the Utah 37. And on
fourth-and-1 from the Utes' 34, Trevor Reilly batted down his
pass at the line.



Leach pulled Tuel in the third quarter and inserted Connor
Halliday, but Tuel finished the game, engineering the late TD
drive to avoid a shutout.



The Utes dominated on defense despite missing top cornerback
Ryan Lacy, who did not dress because of an undisclosed injury.



The Cougars started 0 for 9 on third-down conversions and 0 for
2 on fourth down.



Utah held a 453-255 advantage in total yards, limiting the
nation's 120th-ranked rushing attack to minus-4 yards.



Marquess Wilson entered the game with 184 career receptions and
needed 12 to set the school record of 195. He finished with five
catches for 73 yards.

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