WEST VALLEY CITY -- It was a seven touchdown night for Brett Elliott, but even the Utah Blaze quarterback knew this 65-46 victory over the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings belonged to the defense.
With its best defensive effort of the season, Utah's much-maligned defense that gave up 60 or more in its first three game gave Utah its first win of the season before an E Center crowd of 4,256.
"As an offense, it's so nice when you get a stop,'' said Elliott, who finished 20-of-37 for 237 yards. "It builds everybody confidence and takes the pressure off us on offense."
Utah held the BattleWings (2-2) to six points in the second quarter and took a 24-20 halftime lead on Elliott's 4-yarder to Aaron Boone with 6:32 left in the second.
Tour'e Carter's interception on the BattleWings' opening possession of the second half helped Utah take a 30-20 when Elliott hit Wendall Williams three plays later.
Brandon Hampton, who had provided many highlight-worthy plays in the Blaze's first two losses, had an interesting cycle early in the fourth quarter.
With Utah leading 44-39, Hampton was playing on offense when he caught and fumbled an Elliott pass, giving the BattleWings a chance to take the lead. He preserved the lead when he deflected a pass on fourth down to end the scoring threat.
Elliott hit Chris Francies on a 30-yarder that helped Utah regain control.
"Brandon felt like he had retribution," said Utah coach Ernesto Purnsley. "He felt like he let the team down at first, but there was excitement when he left the field."
Boone had eight catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Francies (7-97) and Williams (4-37) had two TD catches apiece.
* WYOMING 84, OGDEN 15: The Knights were road kills in their debut as an AIGA traveling team Friday, getting blasted by the undefeated Wyoming Cavalry, who got seven TD passes from Matt Strand.
Jeremy Glover completed 11-of-27 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights. Glover threw two picks and was sacked six times.
LJ Walker caught both Knight touchdowns and finished with five catches for 61 yards. Adrian Conway had six catches for 62 yards.
After Wyoming scored first, Ogden answered but Wyoming returned the blocked PAT for two points and a 10-6 lead. Kicker Brandon Miller responded with an UNO that made it 10-7, but the Cavalry scored the next 68 points.