SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's slow and steady approach did indeed win the race.
The Utes used a steady diet of short passes and runs up the middle to move the chains, run the clock and eventually upset No. 5 Stanford 27-21 on Saturday night.
The Cardinal (5-1) lost for the first time in 14 games, and Utah (4-2) beat a Top 5 team for just the second time in eight tries.
Stanford's final drive ended at the Utah 6-yard line when Kevin Hogan's fourth-and-2 pass sailed high and out of the end zone.
Utah's Trevor Reilly recovered two fumbles in the second half and each led to Andy Phillips field goals -- 23 and 48 yards. The latter gave Utah a 27-14 lead with 14:13 remaining in the game.
Stanford, which entered the game 21st in the nation defending the run at 111.8 yards per game, allowed 182 yards -- 111 by redshirt sophomore Bubba Poole.
But it was the short passing game of quarterback Travis Wilson that did the most damage. The sophomore, who threw six interceptions in his previous game against UCLA, piled up yardage in small chunks with swing passes to Karl Williams and Dres Anderson, among others.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth fireworks show.
Stanford's Tyler Gaffney scored on a 1-yard run on the Cardinal's opening drive and, after Utah answered with a 4-yard Wilson-to-Williams pass, Ty Montgomery silenced the home crowd with a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown.
Utah's longest play of the game came late in the first quarter when Wilson connected with Anderson for a 51-yard touchdown pass on third-and-17.
Utah led 21-14 at halftime, its third touchdown drive helped by a roughing-the-passer call against Stanford's Ben Gardner on a third-down incompletion. Anderson scored on a 3-yard run.
Wilson finished 23 of 34 for 234 yards and two scores.
Though none of the Utes' four second-half drives found the end zone, they kept Hogan on the sideline. Hogan, who lost for the first time in 11 games as a starter, threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Devon Cajuste in the fourth quarter.
Hogan moved the Cardinal 82 yards on 13 plays late in the fourth quarter, but his final pass sailed out the back of the end zone. Hogan completed 15 of 27 passes for 246 yards.