ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Sports Network) - Terrance Cain threw three touchdowns as 14th-ranked Utah dominated New Mexico, 56-14, in Mountain West Conference action at University Stadium.
Cain went 20-for-23 with 248 yards through the air and added a rushing touchdown for the Utes (3-0, 2-0 MWC), who were coming off a 38-10 win in their conference opener against UNLV last Saturday. Jereme Brooks had six catches for 99 yards and a score in the win.
Tarean Austin went 15-for-27 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Lobos (0-3, 0-1), who have been outscored 180-31 in their first three games.
Matt Asiata's one-yard plunge into the end zone completed a nine-play, 44-yard drive for the Utes for a 7-0 lead and the only points of the first quarter.
Four minutes into the second, Utah made it a 14-0 game on a one-yard toss to Dallin Rogers from Cain, and Cain added a 12-yard scamper to the end zone with 29 seconds left in the half to give the team a 21-0 lead at the break.
The Lobos struck quickly in the third, as a fumble from Luke Matthews was picked up by A.J. Butler, who took it into the end zone from 27 yards out to make it a 21-7 game just 11 seconds in.
Utah, though, countered promptly. On the second play of its next drive, Cain and Brooks got together on a 75-yard strike down the left sideline for a 28-7 advantage.
Just a minute later, Matt Martinez stepped in front of an Austin pass and went 36 yards the other way into the end zone. Shaky Smithson returned a punt 73 yards just over three minutes later for a 42-7 lead.
New Mexico countered with an impressive drive, as the team covered 80 yards in 12 plays and got into the end zone when Austin found Bryant Williams from 18 yards out to make it a 42-14 contest.
Cain threw his third touchdown of the game, a 33-yard strike to DeVonte Christopher with 1:24 left in the third, and Tauni Vakapuna's 24-yard run into the end zone early in the fourth made it a 56-14 contest.