QB/TB tandems from No. 1 USC (Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush) and No. 2 Oklahoma (Jason White and Adrian Peterson) are joined by QB Alex Smith of Fiesta Bowl-bound No. 6 Utah on the Heisman Trophy finalist list announced Wednesday.
Alex Smith has gone from being a frustrated freshman considering a transfer to leading Utah into college football's elite as the first team from a mid-major conference to play in the Bowl Championship Series.
Alex Smith threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns, Morgan Scalley returned a fumble 88 yards for a score and Utah (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) beat Colorado State 63-31 on Saturday night for its first 9-0 start in school history.
Morgan Scalley returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Alex Smith threw for three TDs and ran 70 yards for another, leading Utah (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) past UNLV 63-28 Saturday night.