Nov. 14, 2011
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SALT LAKE CITY
TWO MINUTE DRILL
> Utah (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) plays Washington State (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pullman, Wash. Kickoff is 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. MT) in Martin Stadium. The game will be televised on KJZZ TV and Fox College Sports Atlantic. Radio is ESPN700 AM (espn700sports.com), SIRIUS 139 and XM 195.
> Utah is bowl eligible for the ninth-consecutive season, including all seven years under head coach Kyle Whittingham. It will be the 10th bowl game in 11 years for the Utes.
> Utah has won four of its last five games and is riding a three-game win streak (Oregon State, Arizona and UCLA). Utah's other win during that stretch was at Pitt on Oct. 15, while the only loss was to Cal.
> With last week's 31-6 win over UCLA, Whittingham evened his all-time record against Pac-12 schools at 7-7.
> Saturday's game in Pullman is Utah's final regular season road game. Utah concludes its home schedule on Friday, Nov. 25 against Colorado. Tickets are still available for the CU game.
> The series with Washington State is tied 5-5 with Utah leading 3-1 in Pullman. Washington State won the most recent contest in 2000 in Salt Lake City. Utah beat the Cougars in 1999, 27-7 in Martin Stadium. For complete series information, see page 2.
> Saturday's game marks the first time since 1977 that Utah has played an opponent other than Brigham Young on Nov. 19. Utah's last Nov. 19 game was a 41-34 win at BYU in 2005. Utah's all-time record on Nov. 19 is 7-3-1.
INSIDE THE HUDDLE
Utah came out of the UCLA win injury free. In other injury news, freshman QB Tyler Shreve
, who was already slated for a redshirt season, will have surgery on his right thumb on Nov. 15. Shreve becomes the eighth player Utah has lost for the season to injury. The others are: starting quarterback Jordan Wynn
(shoulder surgery Oct. 20), co-starting fullback/tight end Dallin Rogers
(knee surgery Oct. 24), co-starting safety Keith McGill
(shoulder surgery Oct. 20), co-starting offensive guard Latu Heimuli
(foot surgery Nov. 4), starting punt returner Charles Henderson
(knee surgery Oct. 10) and frequently-used backup linebackers Boo Andersen
(knee surgery Oct. 31) and J.J. Williams
(foot surgery Nov. 4) ... Utah has played five true freshmen this season: safety Eric Rowe
, defensive end Nate Fakahafua
, running back Harvey Langi
, receiver/punt returner Henderson and receiver Quinton Pedroza
OUTSIDE THE LINES
Utah ran its string of consecutive sellouts to 11 games with last week's crowd of 45,039 in 45,017-seat in Rice-Eccles Stadium ... 500 seats remain for the Utah-Colorado game on Nov. 25. Tickets may be purchased at 801-581-UTIX, UtahUtes.com and the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office.
The Utes are 6-0 in games when they lead after three quarters and 6-0 when John White rushes for 100 yards ... Utah is 3-2 at home, on the road, on grass, on artificial turf, in daylight and in night games ... UCLA failed to score a touchdown against Utah, scoring all six of its points on field goals.
Utah, the Pac-12's scoring defense leader, ranks among the Pac-12 and NCAA leaders in a number of defensive categories. Utah has held five of its 10 opponents to under 100 net rushing yards: BYU (11), Oregon State (32), Pittsburgh (70), Arizona State (74) and Montana State (75). The defense has also scored 24 points this season, two on interception returns and two on fumble returns. Complete Utah rankings can be found in the PDF version.
John White rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving) and the defense held UCLA to two field goals in a 31-6 win over the Bruins on a snowy night in Salt Lake City. Utah, which became bowl eligible with the victory, got two clutch interceptions from Conroy Black--one which he returned 67 yards for a touchdown. After falling behind 3-0, White scored three touchdowns to give Utah a 21-3 lead before UCLA scored again on a fourth-quarter field goal. Brian Blechen
led Utah with eight tackles (1 TFL) and a forced fumble, while Eric Rowe
had a sack and two pass breakups to go with his four tackles.