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Football Hosts Weber State on Saturday

Anthony Denham had a career game against USU last week with 113 receiving yards.

Anthony Denham had a career game against USU last week with 113 receiving yards.

Sep 2, 2013

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> Utah (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hosts Weber State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky) on Saturday, Sept. 7 at noon MDT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio is ESPN700 AM.

> Utah, which played in the first game ever broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks last year in a win over Northern Colorado, is 3-2 in games televised on Networks. Fans whose provider does not carry the Pac-12 Networks are urged to switch http://pac-12.com/switch.

> Some bleacher seats and standing room tickets are available for Saturday's game and may be purchased at UtahUtes.com, the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office and by calling 801-581-UTIX.

> Utah is 35-0 against current members of the Big Sky Conference and 3-0 against Weber State. Utah's most recent win over the Wildcats came during its undefeated (13-0) 2008 season. See page 2 for complete series information.

> Utah is 4-1 in games played on September 7 and 2-0 at home. Utah won its first four games on the date before losing in overtime at Utah State last year. Two of those September 7 wins were against Pac-12 schools: Oregon State in 1991 and Stanford in 1996, both on the road.

> Utah beat Utah State 30-26 last week for its sixth-straight season-opening win--a streak that began with a 2008 victory at Michigan.

> Jamal Anderson, who led Utah in rushing as a senior in 1993 before embarking on an eight-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, will be the analyst for the Pac-12 Networks in its broadcast of this Saturday's game. Anderson led the NFC in rushing in 1998, when he led Atlanta to the Super Bowl.


Last week's game marked the first time Dennis Erickson called plays from the press box since his last assistant job back in 1981, when he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State ... Anthony Denham's career-high 113 receiving yards against USU was Utah's first 100-yard receiving game since Oct. 4, 2011 (DeVonte Christopher, 125 yards vs. Washington).


Out for the season after injuring his lower leg against Utah State is starting junior receiver Kenneth Scott ... Senior Sean Fitzgerald replaces Scott in the starting lineup and his backup is junior college transfer Andre Lewis ... James Poole is now listed as the co-starter at running back with York ... Players getting their first career starts in the opener were OL Junior Salt, OL Siaosi Aiono, RB Kelvin York, WR Anthony Denham, DE Hunter Dimick, DT LT Tuipolutu, LB Jared Norris, DB Davion Orphey, K Andy Phillips and snapper Chase Dominguez ... True freshmen who played were Dominguez, DT Sam Tevi and LB Uaea Masina.


The Kyle Whittingham radio show is Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN700. The show will be broadcast live from Harmon's City Creek and is free to the public ... Saturday's game is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. Faculty and staff tickets, which must be purchased at Rice-Eccles Stadium, are $25 each and include a free 2013 Utah Football Under Armour t-shirt (limit of 4 tickets per U-ID) ... The pre-game Ute Walk will start at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South ... Utah Athletics has created a 360-degree gigapixel image from its Stripe the Stadium promotion at last week's game. Fans can go to the image found at www.utahutes.com/stripethestadium, tag themselves and share it on social media platforms.


Some bleacher seats and standing room tickets remain for all six of Utah's remaining home games. For the sixth-consecutive season, all 32,000 allotted season tickets were sold. Utah has 19-straight sellouts in Rice-Eccles Stadium extending back to the season-opener against Pittsburgh in 2010. Of the sellouts, 17 were played before standing-room only crowds that exceeded Rice-Eccles Stadium's 45,017-seat capacity.


Travis Wilson threw for 302 yards on 17-of-28 passing, Utah's defense put the clamps on in the second half, and kicker Andy Phillips, playing in the first football game at any level in his career, booted three field goals to lead Utah to a come-from-behind 30-26 win over Utah State. Wilson threw touchdown strikes in the first quarter to Dres Anderson and Jake Murphy to guide Utah to a 14-3 start before an Aggie run gave USU a 23-14 lead. Utah snatched the momentum back, scoring 16 of the game's final 19 points--nine coming on Phillips' field goals. He also performed a successful onside kick after making a 45-yard field goal on his first attempt ever in a game. Karl Williams recovered, and five plays later, scored the go-ahead touchdown. Eric Rowe had 10 tackles and Nate Orchard's eight tackles included three tackles for loss and a sack--on a play where he also forced and recovered a fumble.


Utah is 83-131-6 all-time against Pac-12 schools with this breakdown by team: Arizona (20-16-2), Arizona State (6-18), California (4-5), Colorado (25-31-3), Oregon (8-18), Oregon State (6-10-1), USC (3-8), Stanford (2-3), UCLA (2-9), Washington (0-8), Washington State (7-5).


Utah's all-time football record is 629-435-31. The Utes are 384-179-16 at home (66-22 in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which opened in 1998), 226-239-12 in road games and 19-17-3 in games played at neutral sites.



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