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Football Hosts Oregon State in Homecoming

Utah hosts OSU in the conference opener for both teams Saturday in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Photo Russ Isabella, USA Today Sports.

Utah hosts OSU in the conference opener for both teams Saturday in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Photo Russ Isabella, USA Today Sports.

Sep 9, 2013

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Quotes from Coach Whittingham's Weekly Press Conference


> Utah (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hosts Oregon State (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) in Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. MDT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Pac-12 opener for both teams will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Radio is ESPN700 AM, Sirius 139 and XM 198.

> For the first time since 1970, Utah is playing three-straight home games to start the season.

> 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.

> This is the earliest homecoming game in Utah history. Utah is 57-31-4 all-time in homecoming games and 11-10-1 against Pac-12 schools (0-0 vs. Oregon State).

> Utah trails the series with OSU 6-10-1. The series is tied at four games apiece in Salt Lake City with Utah winning the last three home games (1992, 2008 and 2011).

> Utah is 1-1 against OSU in Pac-12 play, winning in Salt Lake City in 2011 (its first victory over a Pac-12 opponent as a conference member) and falling to the Beavers in Corvallis in 2012.


Events scheduled for Homecoming week include: Community Service Day, House Decorating on Greek Row and other campus locations, World Leaders Forum, U. Farmers Market, Songfest, Crimson Rally, Dance, Parent-Family Weekend, Young Alumni Scholarship 5K and KidsK Fun Run, and a pregame Tailgate Party. For more information, click here .


Kyle Whittingham is 2-2 against Oregon State with wins in Salt Lake City in 2008 and 2011 and losses in Corvallis in 2007 and 2012 ... Utah has had a 100-yard receiver in both games: Anthony Denham (113 vs. Utah State) and Dres Anderson (103 vs. Weber State) ... Utah is out-scoring its opponents 100-33 for an average of 50.0-16.5 ppg ... Utah is tied for 11th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 50.0 ppg ... The Utes are ranked ninth nationally in pass efficiency offense (192.75).


Quade Chappuis has moved from safety to linebacker, where he is No. 2 at rover ... Utah used 53 players against Weber State--15 who saw their first career action as Utes and three who got their first starts (cornerback Reginald Porter, nickel back Justin Thomas and offensive tackle Isaac Asiata) ... True freshmen who have played in the first two games are SN Chase Dominguez, DT Sam Tevi, LB Uaea Masina, DB Hipolito Corporan, TE Siale Fakailoatonga, WR Dominque Hatfield, LB/DE Pita Taumoepenu and RB Marcus Sanders-Williams. Dominguez has started both games at snapper.


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 ... The pre-game Ute Walk will start at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South ... The annual Varsity Club Reunion is this weekend and more than 250 former U. athletes are expected to attend a reception on Friday night and the Utah-Weber State football game on Saturday ... 2013 inductees into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame will be recognized at halftime. The 2013 inductees included the late Rick Majerus, FD Robbins, Theresa Kulikowski, Anne Handy-Jones and Michael Doleac.


Some bleacher seats and standing room tickets remain for Utah's five remaining home games. For the sixth-consecutive season, all 32,000 allotted season tickets were sold. Utah has 20-straight sellouts in Rice-Eccles Stadium extending back to the season-opener against Pittsburgh in 2010. Of the sellouts, 18 were played before standing-room only crowds that exceeded Rice-Eccles Stadium's 45,017-seat capacity.


Travis Wilson passed for 264 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 93 yards and two scores to lead Utah to a 70-7 romp over Weber State. Utah's 628 yards of total offense was tied for the eighth-most in school history, even with Wilson and all of Utah's starters watching the entire second half from the sideline after rolling up a 49-0 halftime lead. Among Wilson's big plays were an 80-yard touchdown pass to Sean Fitzgerald and a 51-yard touchdown run. Dres Anderson had a career-high 103 receiving yards and a score in the first half and running back Lucky Radley paced the offense in the second half, running for a career-high 111 yards and two touchdowns. Tenny Palepoi's eight tackles (2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks) paced a defense that held Weber State to 205 total yards--only 69 rushing--and recorded seven sacks.



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