SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Last year, Utah ended Mountain West Conference rival Brigham Young's NCAA record of 361 consecutive scoring games. On Saturday, the Cougars would have to produce an extraordinary performance to exact revenge upon the sixth-ranked Utes.
Utah (10-0, 6-0 MWC) is sixth in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings and would become the first team from outside one of the six BCS conferences to play in one of the four lucrative BCS bowls if it were to finish in the top six when the final poll comes out on December 5.
The Utes are coming off a 45-28 triumph at Wyoming last Saturday - their 14th consecutive victory. Only Boise State (20) and Southern California (19) have longer winning streaks.
Alex Smith passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 90 yards and a score for Utah, which ranks second in the nation in scoring (45.7). Smith is second in the country in passing efficiency (179.32).
The game was delayed nearly two hours by a power failure.
BYU (5-5, 4-2) had a three-game winning streak end with a 21-14 home setback to New Mexico last week.
John Beck passed for 247 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars, who rushed for just 58 yards on 34 carries.
BYU needs to win this game to become bowl eligible.
Last year, the Utes posted a 3-0 road triumph amid snowy conditions to become the first team to blank the Cougars since Arizona State did so in 1975.