SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Just months after his career appeared to be over, Travis Wilson is back. Even better for Utah, the junior quarterback is surrounded by new playmakers.
Wilson passed for 265 yards in the first half and newcomers Devontae Booker and Kaelin Clay each had a pair of touchdowns to help Utah blow past Idaho State 56-14 on Thursday night.
"There's definitely a lot of weapons I can use and definitely a lot of places where I can spread the ball around," said Wilson, who faced the possibility of not suiting up again after a head injury last season. "I'm really blessed to have the opportunity to come back and play."
Wilson and the Utes struck quickly and often. Utah posted three touchdown drives of less than 42 seconds and added two other scores on kick returns.
"We did out-athlete them," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We made big plays at the skill positions."
Clay, a junior college transfer, returned a punt 46 yards for his first touchdown. In the second half Clay broke away for a 100-yard kick-off return.
"It felt great," Clay said. "I pride myself on special teams. That's a unit that kind of goes unnoticed, so I take a lot of pride in it."
Wilson thought his career was over after doctors noticed damage to an intracranial artery while checking on his recovery from a concussion last season. He missed the final three games last year, but was later told the irregularity was a pre-existing condition and subsequently was cleared to play.
Wilson relished his second chance and looked sharp against the overmatched Bengals in one half of work.
"Obviously, we didn't showcase our whole offense," Wilson said. "We did a great job of making big plays."
Dres Anderson caught four of Wilson's tosses for 111 yards.
Booker, another transfer looking to make his mark, had 78 yards rushing on 10 carries. Originally signed by Washington State in 2009, Booker again didn't qualify academically at Fresno State and played two years at American River College before sitting out last season.
After his own punt return gave the Utes a short field, Bubba Poole scored on a 6-yard run with 9:40 left in the first quarter.
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