Wynn says he must 'cut loose' for Utah to beat USC

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A fourth of the roster and 12 starters are California-grown, yet the pressure of Utah's first Pac-12 Conference game at USC rests squarely on the right shoulder of Utes quarterback Jordan Wynn.

And Wynn knows it's time to let it fly after hearing criticism, even from his own coach.

Against Montana State on Thursday night, Wynn said he was trying to be safe. The result, in coach Kyle Whittingham's assessment, was a passing game that looked abysmal and sluggish.

Wynn completed 15 of 23 passes but for only 101 yards in a 27-10 victory over the Big Sky team.

USC counterpart Matt Barkley threw for three times that against Minnesota on Saturday, while completing 17 passes to wide receiver Robert Woods alone.