Tommy Grady and the Utes host UCLA this Saturday (credit: Russ Isabella).
Sept. 10, 2007
> Utah (0-2, 0-1 MWC) hosts No. 11 UCLA (2-0, 1-0 Pacific 10) on Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 3 p.m. MDT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Tickets are available at UtahUtes.com, 801-581-UTIX and the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office. The game will be broadcast nationally on VERSUS TV and SIRIUS radio.
> Utah has lost four starters to injuries in its first two games - two for the season: running back Matt Asiata (broken leg) and 2006 second-team all-conference receiver Brent Casteel (knee). Injured starters out for the UCLA game are preseason all-conference quarterback Brian Johnson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Gabe Long (knee). In the last month, Utah has lost a total of five starters to injuries. Preseason all-conference offensive lineman Jason Boone suffered a season-ending knee injury in fall camp.
> With a No. 11 ranking in both polls, UCLA is the highest ranked team Utah has faced since 2001, when it played No. 7 Oregon and No. 8 BrighamYoung.
> Utah is 10-44 all-time against teams ranked in the top-25, with all but two of those wins coming in the last 12 years. The Utes are 8-5 against top 25 teams since 1994. Utah beat three straight top 25 opponents - No. 19 Oregon State (2003), No. 19 Pittsburgh (2005) and No. 24 Georgia Tech (2005) - before losing to No. 22 Boise State last year.
FAST FACT In the first two games, Utah has both scored and allowed 10 first-half points (three in the first quarter and seven in the second). Opponents are winning the second half 34-9.