Matt Asiata and the Utes will play before a Homecoming crowd on Saturday.
Sept. 21, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY
> Utah (2-1, 0-0 MWC) hosts Louisville (1-1, 0-0 Big East) on Saturday, Sept. 26. Game time is 5:30 p.m. MT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game will be televised live on CBS-C HD. Radio is KALL 700 AM (kall700sports.com).
> Saturday's game is Homecoming for the Utes, who have been on the road since their season opener on Sept. 3. Utah is 54-30-4 in Homecoming games.
> Last week's 31-24 loss at Oregon ended the nation's longest active win streak at 16 games. It was the second-longest win streak in Utah history. Utah had also won nine straight road/neutral games prior to the setback last Saturday.
> The loss to Oregon knocked Utah out of the national rankings for the first time since August of 2008. Utah broke into the rankings on Sept. 2, 2008 and went on to finish the season ranked No. 2 behind Florida. The Utes entered this season ranked in the top 20--moving as high as No. 17 in the A.P. rankings and No. 16 in the coaches' poll--before falling out this week.
> Utah is 3-0 all-time against Louisville. The only previous contest held in Salt Lake City was the first game ever played in Rice-Eccles Stadium (Sept. 12, 2008, a 45-22 Ute win). For complete series notes, see the boxed inset on page 2.
> Utah is 6-0 all-time against current members of the Big East. The Utes are 3-0 vs. Louisville and 1-0 vs. Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia.
> Kyle Whittingham and other college coaches across the country will wear a "Coach to Cure MD" arm patch at this Saturday's game. "Coach to Cure MD" is sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is designed to build awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that primarily affects pre-teen boys--robbing them of their ability to walk and lowering their life expectancy to their 20s.
> Whittingham is looking for career win No. 40. He is 39-15 in his fifth year as Utah's head coach.