Fort Collins, Colo. » Brian Johnson became a Utah football legend after directing three winning drives late in games last season. Yet not even Johnson produced a half of quarterbacking quite like Terrance Cain's performance Saturday night.
The junior college transfer completed 12 of 13 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns after halftime as the Utes rallied for a 24-17 victory over Colorado State at Hughes Stadium.
Cain's only second-half incompletion came when his pass went through the hands of Aiona Key in the end zone.
A botched handoff between Cain and Eddie Wide ended Utah's first possession of the second half. After that, Cain led three touchdown drives. On third-down plays, he completed all four attempts for 63 yards and also ran 9 yards for a first down.
"It builds a lot of confidence," Cain said. "My team has confidence in me to lead them to victory."
The Utes' comeback after trailing 17-3 resembled their rally from 28-10 down at Oregon last month. But in that case, Cain's two fourth-quarter interceptions hurt them in a 31-24 defeat.
Cain started Saturday's recovery with a 47-yard TD pass to David Reed and completed it with an 8-yard toss to Wide, who fought his way into the end zone.
Cain was "very poised in a tough situation, never lost his cool, and that's one of his strengths," said Ute coach Kyle Whittingham. "He's unflappable. Nothing bothers him."