SALT LAKE CITY — Talk about sharing the wealth. Through seven games, the Utah Utes have had 16 different players score touchdowns this season.
"That's a pretty crazy stat. Everybody works hard and everyone does what they can when they get the ball," said quarterback Jordan Wynn. "They're all doing a good job of just not being selfish. That's a huge thing on this team. No one is selfish, everyone's a team player. We've got to keep that mindset."
The Utes, who enter Saturday's game at Air Force averaging 47.7 points per game, have crossed the goal line 44 times this season.
Eddie Wide leads the team with nine touchdowns. Matt Asiata, DeVonte Christopher and Shaky Smithson are next with five TDs apiece. Others with multiple scores include Jereme Brooks (four) and Reggie Dunn (three), as well as Dallin Rogers, Sausan Shakerin and Tauni Vakapuna (two each).
Shawn Asiata, Beau Burton, Terrance Cain, Matt Martinez, Luke Matthews, Griff McNabb and Reggie Topps are those who have made single trips to the end zone.
"We just have a lot of playmakers and that's a good problem to have," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "What you need in that situation is a lot of unselfish guys. You don't need 'me' guys that are worried about their own stats and touches. You just want guys that are worried about getting a win. That's what we have."
It's paid off with the team's third 7-0 start in seven years.
Contributions have come from across the board. The offense has produced 39 touchdowns (20 rushing, 19 passing). Special teams have scored four TDs (three punt returns, one kickoff return) and the defense has one touchdown (off an interception).
"It just kind of happens naturally," Wynn said of the touchdown distribution.
Utah's 44 TDs and 16 scorers top the Mountain West Conference. TCU is second with 43 and 13, while Air Force (33, 10) and San Diego State (28, 8) round out the league leaders.
The Utes have more players who have scored than the number of total touchdowns tallied by four MWC teams this season — BYU (14), Colorado State (14), Wyoming (13) and New Mexico (12).
"We're spreading the ball around well," Whittingham said while praising the quarterbacks for getting everyone involved.
The distribution is something the players appreciate.
"It's great because we all love each other on the offense. So to see other people have success, too, is great," Matthews said. "You never see guys being selfish or worrying about how many times they are going to get the ball. So, it's fun."
Utes on the air
No. 8 Utah (7-0, 4-0 MWC) at Air Force (5-3, 3-2)
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
TV: CBS C Radio: 700 AM
Utah touchdowns by the numbers
44 — Touchdowns scored
39 — Offense (20 rushing, 19 passing)
12 — TD passes by Jordan Wynn
9 — Eddie Wide
6 — TD passes by Terrance Cain
5 — Matt Asiata, DeVonte Christopher, Shaky Smithson
4 — Special teams (3 punt returns, one kickoff return), Jereme Brooks
3 — Reggie Dunn
2 — Dallin Rogers, Sausan Shakerin, Tauni Vakapuna
1 — Defense (Interception return), Shawn Asiata, Beau Burton, Terrance Cain, Matt Martinez, Luke Matthews, Griff McNabb, Reggie Topps, TD pass by Shaky Smithson
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