Eddie Wide needs just 82 yards to become Utah's 11th 1,000-yard rusher in school history.
Nov. 23, 2009
A Quick Look at This Week's Game
> No. 21/22 Utah (9-2, 6-1 MWC) wraps up regular season play against No. 19/18 Brigham Young (9-2, 6-1 MWC) on Saturday, Nov. 28 in a Deseret First Duel Rivalry game. Kickoff is 3 p.m. MT in Lavell Edwards Stadium. The game will be televised live in HD on both the Mtn. and CBS-C. Radio is KALL 700 AM and SIRIUS Satellite 127.
> Utah ranks No. 21 in this week's BCS Standings, No. 22 in the Associated Press and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
> Utah has secured its eighth nine-win season in school history and its third straight. Five of Utah's nine-win seasons have come in the last seven years. Utah's nine-win seasons follow: 1964 (9-2), 1994 (10-2), 1999 (9-3), 2003 (10-2), 2004 (12-0), 2007 (9-4), 2008 (13-0), 2009 (9-2).
> Utah leads the series with BYU by a 53-33-4 count, although the Cougars don't recognize six games (split equally 3-3) when it was known as the BY Academy. Regardless of the difference in the two schools' interpretation of their series record, this is the second-longest rivalry in Utah history. For more on the series and last year's recap, see the boxed inset on page 2.
> Utah has won five of the last seven games against BYU, and six of the last eight games in Provo.
> The Utes are 7-1 all-time in games when both they and their opponent are ranked in the Associated Press poll. They are 2-0 against BYU when both teams are ranked and 0-1 this season (lost to TCU).
> Saturday's game marks the first time in 50 years that the Utes have played on Nov. 28. The last time was against UCLA in 1959. Utah is 3-4-2 (0-1 on road) all-time in games played on Nov. 28. Of Utah's previous Nov. 28 games, eight of nine were played on Thanksgiving Day.
> Defensive back Joe Dale was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week.
> Utah has won 23 of its last 25 games and 30 of its last 33 games.
Two rivalry trophies will be contested this Saturday--the Deseret First Duel and the Beehive Boot. The Deseret Duel Rivalry Series is tied 6-6, based on results from volleyball (Utah 6 points) and soccer (BYU 6 points). Saturday's football game is worth 10 points to the winner. The rivalry series is contested in 12 sports and is tied 1-1 after its first two years: BYU won 34-30 in 2007-08 and Utah won 39.5-24.5 in 2008-09. The victor on Saturday will also take possession of the Beehive Boot, which is awarded to the best instate Football Bowl Division team. In its 38-year history, the Beehive Boot has gone to Utah 11 times, BYU 21 times and Utah State six times.
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The annual Utah-BYU Rivalry Week Food Drive will run through Nov. 28 with all money and food items donated by Utah supporters going directly to the Utah Food Bank. The alumni associations from the two schools compete in two areas: food and funds. For more information or to make an online donation, go to http://www.alumni.utah.edu/rivalryweek/