QB Jonathan Crosswhite made his
first start against Hawaii.
September 21, 1998
"Homecoming" Utah vs. Boise State Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. Salt Lake City Rice-Eccles Stadium - 45,634]
The Utes (3-0) finish off a three-game home stand this Saturday, when they play Big West member Boise State (2-1) at 7 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium ... It is Utah's final break of the season from Western Athletic Conference play ... It is Homecoming for the Utes, who are 47-25-4 all-time in Homecoming games ... Utah and Boise State have played three times (Utes lead 2-1), but haven't met since 1987... The Utes are off to their first 3-0 start since 1994 ... The game will not be televised locally ... It can be heard on K-news radio (570 AM).
UTE GAMES ON THE NET
All Utah home games can be seen via live game stats on Utah's internet site: www.UtahUtes.com. The stats are updated after each play.
RICE-ECCLES STADIUM IN ITS DEBUT SEASON
The new 45,634-seat Rice-Eccles Stadium opened its gates on September 5 for a game between Utah and Louisville. A crowd of 44,112 broke the old record of 36,250 set against Brigham Young back in 1982 in old Rice Stadium. Although Rice-Eccles stands on the same ground as Rice Stadium (built in 1927 as Ute Stadium), only the south end zone and the field surface (SportGrass) remain.
The expansion and rebuilding of the stadium began in June 1997. Work was done throughout the 1997 football season, stopping only on home game days. The actual demolition of Rice Stadium occurred on November 17, 1997. Stadium attractions include the three-level Stadium Box, which has the scholarship box as its first level, luxury suites on the second level and the press area on top.
In 2002, temporary bleachers will be brought in to expand the stadium,s capacity to 50,000 for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games.
A Homecoming crowd of close to 40,000 is expected. Good tickets in all price ranges are still available at the Huntsman Center ticket office and all SmithTix locations. A school record 25,000-plus season tickets were sold for the 1998 home schedule, the largest season ticket sale by 4,000.
Practice times are subject to change. Practice is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, 3:30-6:00 p.m. at McCarthey Practice Field. Call sports information director Liz Abel for daily updates and interview requests.
Utah jumped to a 20-0 halftime lead over Hawaii in the WAC opener for both teams, then held on for dear life in a 30-21 nail biter.
The Utes, under quarterback Jonathan Crosswhite (who replaced the injured Darnell Arceneaux), struck first on a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Anderson at 1:47 in the first quarter. The second quarter was again all Utah, with the defense blanking the Rainbows while the offense scored through the air (Crosswhite to Donny Utu) and on the ground (Omar Bacon). But Hawaii made it a game in the third quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points to go up 21-20.
The Rainbows, first touchdown came on a 97-yard fumble return, after Utah had advanced to its own 1-yard line and threatened to put the game out of reach.
Freshman kicker Ryan Kaneshiro booted a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter to put Utah up by a deuce and Bacon sealed the victory with a 27-yard TD run with 1:14 left in the game.
ANDERSON, JONES WAC PLAYERS OF WEEK
Jerome Anderson, who had a career night against Hawaii, catching six passes for 107 yards and 1 touchdown was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the Pacific Division. Daniel Jones was the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week, after returning three kickoffs 72 yards (24.0 avg.) and two punts 38 yards (19.0 avg.). Utah has now had a WAC player of the week all three weeks of 1998. Defenders Kautai Olevao (Sept. 5) and Andre Dyson (Sept. 12) were the others.
HEAD COACH RON MCBRIDE
Head Coach Ron McBride, in his ninth year at the helm of the Ute program, is its second all-time winningest coach. McBride, 58-39, is one of just two coaches in school history to win 50 games. His last five teams have posted winning seasons and he has had just one losing season (1990).
McBride's teams have averaged seven wins per year. He has taken the Utes to four bowl games and is the only head coach at Utah to go to more than one bowl. He is 1-3 in bowl games. McBride led Utah to the 1995 WAC Championship (tie), Utah's first title in 31 years.
Before accepting Utah's head coaching position in 1990, McBride served two previous stints on the Hill. He was Utah's offensive line coach from 1985-86 and its offensive coordinator from 1977-82. He is 0-0 against Boise State and its head coach Dick Koetter.
Utah leads 2-1 ... series is tied at 1 each in Salt Lake City ... past games and scores:
1980 (Boise State won 28-7 in Salt Lake City)
1985 (Utah won 20-17 in SLC),
1987 (Utah won 31-27 in Boise).
Overall Series: 2-1 (Utah)
First Game: 1980 (Boise State 28-7)
Series Streak: Utah 2
In Salt Lake City: 1-1
Last Ute Win: 1987 (31-27)
Last BSU Win: 1980 (28-7)
Last Ute Win in SLC: 1985 (20-17)
Last BSU Win in SLC: 1980 (28-7)
Utah has won five straight Homecoming games (1993-97) ... With this week's game, Utah will have spent the entire month of September playing in state. The Utes opened against Utah State in Logan and then began a three-week home stand that ends against Boise State on Saturday. In contrast, Utah has just one home game in October (Oct. 17 vs. Fresno State) ... Utah has broken its previous attendance record two weeks running in its new home, Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes drew 44,112 against Louisville on Sept. 12 and 37,699 vs. Hawaii on Sept. 19 ... The Utes are wearing a decal on the back of their helmets with the initials LEWJ in honor of recently deceased U. athletics department employees Linda Edgar and Walter Johnson. Edgar was Utah's longtime coordinator of financial aid and eligibility. Johnson worked as a receptionist at the football center.
Sophomore quarterback Darnell Arceneaux (6-1, 187), who is 4-0 as a starter including two wins this year (Utah State and Louisville), is out 4-6 weeks following finger surgery. The earliest he could return to action would be Utah's Oct. 17 game vs. Fresno State.
Arceneaux broke the index finger on his throwing hand in practice on Sept. 15 and underwent surgery the next day. The finger was fractured at the joint. Screws were put in the bone to stabilize the fracture.
In two games, his passing totals were 21 of 38 (.553) for 341 yards (170.5 ypg) and 2 touchdowns (2 interceptions). He had 146 yards against Utah State and 195 yards and 2 TDs versus Louisville. He also carried the ball 19 times for 24 yards and two scores.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Crosswhite (6-2, 210), who started the first nine games of last season, got his first start of the year last Saturday against Hawaii.
Crosswhite stepped back into the No. 1 role after an injury to starter Darnell Arceneaux, who broke his finger in practice on Sept. 15. In his first game as a starter this year, he completed 17 of 28 passes (1 interception) for 255 yards and two touchdowns against Hawaii. It was the fourth 200-yard game of his career.
Crosswhite saw his first playing time of the season in the second half of Utah,s 45-22 win over Louisville on Sept. 12. He was 3 of 6 for 35 yards. Last year, he finished third in the WAC in pass efficiency (123.92), completing 120 of 222 passes for 1,588 yards and 9 TDs. His best game was against TCU in 1997, when he threw for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Opponent ATT COMP INT YDS TD LONG Utah State dnp Louisville 6 3 1 35 0 24 Hawaii 28 17 1 255 2 57LINEBACKER U.
All-America and Butkus Award candidate Phil Glover (6-0, 237, Sr.), Utah's 1997 Defensive MVP, has company at the top this year. Glover, who was named to the Butkus Award Watch List in the preseason, is getting help from sophomore linebacker Kautai Olevao (6-2, 240). Glover currently ranks fourth on the team in total tackles with 13 (4.3 tpg) and is tied for second in pass breakups (3). His best game was against Louisville, when he had seven tackles (five unassisted), a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and two hurries.
Olevao, a versatile player who starts at middle linebacker when Utah is in the nickel package, is its leading tackler with 21 (7.0 tpg). He is tied for second with Glover in pass breakups with three. Olevao was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week in his first game back as a Ute (he played as a freshman in 1995, then went on a two-year LDS church mission), when he tied his career high of 14 tackles vs. Utah State.
Glover Game by Game
Opponent UT AT TT TFL SKS PBU Utah State 1 3 4 1-1 0 1 Louisville 5 2 7 1-1 0 1 Hawaii 0 2 2 0-0 0 1Olevao Game by Game
Opponent UT AT TT TFL SKS PBU Utah State 6 8 14 0-0 0 0 Louisville 1 2 3 1-1 0 3 Hawaii 1 3 4 0-0 0 0BACK ATTACK
Juniors Mike Anderson (6-2, 220) and Omar Bacon (6-1, 208) have made Utah's ground game one of its best in years. The Utes are averaging 226.3 yards per game, the most since 1984 (when they averaged 271.9 ypg) with 84 percent of that coming from Anderson and Bacon. Anderson, a 24-year-old junior college transfer, is averaging a team-best 115.7 ypg and has led all Ute rushers in two of three games. In his NCAA debut on Sept. 5, Anderson rushed for a game-high 150 yards against Utah State. Bacon, coming off a redshirt year, is averaging 66.7 ypg and has a team-high four touchdowns. He played only for special teams in the season-opener due to an ankle injury. Bacon rushed for a career-high 125 yards (his first 100-yard game) against Hawaii. His 27-yard TD run against Hawaii with 1:14 left in the game sealed Utah's win. Anderson started the first two games and Bacon is scheduled to get his first start this Saturday.
M. Anderson Game by Game
Opponent Rush Yards Avg. TD Long Utah State 32 150 4.7 1 20 Louisville 30 122 4.1 1 13 Hawaii 15 75 5.0 0 10Bacon Game by Game
Opponent Rush Yards Avg. TD Long Utah State dnp RB (ankle injury, played STs) Louisville 8 75 9.4 2 38 Hawaii 24 125 5.2 2 27RECEIVING LINE
Senior wide receivers Daniel Jones (5-11, 182) and Jerome Anderson (5-11, 178, Sr.) combined for almost 200 yards in receptions against Hawaii and are responsible for more than half of Utah's receiving yards.
Jones, honorable mention all-WAC a year ago despite a severe ankle sprain, had his best game of the year on Sept. 19 against Hawaii, catching five passes for 91 yards (long of 57). Jones led Utah against Louisville with three catches for 87 yards and 1 TD. Second behind Anderson in total catches (10) and yards (183), Jones is tops in yards per catch (18.3).
Anderson, Utah's leading receiver from his position at X receiver, had a career game against Hawaii: He caught 6 passes for 107 yards and 1 TD. Anderson has led the Ute receivers in two of three games (USU and Hawaii) and has a team-best 16 catches for 239 yards (79.7 ypg). He averages 14.9 yards per catch.
Jones Game by Game
Opponent Rec Yards Avg TD Long Utah State 2 5 2.5 0 7 Louisville 3 87 29.0 1 35 Hawaii 5 91 18.2 0 57J. Anderson Game by Game
Opponent Rec Yards Avg TD Long Utah State 5 64 12.8 0 21 Louisville 5 68 13.6 0 26 Hawaii 6 107 17.8 1 39LOTS OF LOVE
Senior strong safety Robert Love (5-9, 203), a two-time second-team all-WAC pick and Utah,s tackle leader for the last two years, is currently third with 19 tackles (6.3 tpg). He led Utah's tacklers against Louisville with nine, a season high. Seven were unassisted. Last week against Hawaii, he had perhaps his best game of the year with seven tackles (four unassisted), a tackle for loss (4 yards) and a pass breakup. He finished with 108 tackles in 1996 and 92 in 1997.
Opponent UT AT TT TFL SKS PBU Utah State 1 2 3 0-0 0 1 Louisville 7 2 9 0-0 0 0 Hawaii 4 3 7 1-4 0 1OFFENSIVE INFO
With quarterback Darnell Arceneaux out with an injury and Jonathan Crosswhite starting, Utah's backup position falls to Scott Styles (6-3, 207, Jr) and T.D. Croshaw (6-1, 188, So.). Styles, Utah's third string QB last year, has the edge. He has thrown two passes in his career, completing one. His completion was a 1-yard TD against UTEP in 1997. Croshaw walked on to the team last year after a year at Dixie Junior College (where he played for his father Greg). He redshirted last year and earned a scholarship ... Utah has yet to score a third quarter touchdown, with just a pair of field goals to show through three games. The Utes are best in the second quarter (34 points), followed by the first (28) and fourth (27) ... Utah, which last rushed for an average of 200 yards a game back in 1984 (271.9), is averaging 226.3 ypg.
UTAH ON OFFENSE Category Avg. WAC NCAA Rushing Offense 226.3 5 20 Passing Offense 210.3 4 49 Total Offense 436.7 2 19 Scoring Offense 31.7 4 32
Senior defensive end Dicky Purcell (6-1, 238) leads Utah in tackles for loss with 4 (13 yards) ... Starting cornerbacks Teneil Ethridge and Andre Dyson lead Utah in pass breakups with four each ... Junior open end John Frank (6-5, 271) has been the big play man for Utah. He has 3 tackles for loss (6 yards) and 2 sacks (8 yards) ... Utah has 5 interceptions already, just 3 fewer than it had all last year. Last Saturday's game was Utah's first without a pick ... Utah is rock solid in the first and fourth quarters, allowing a total of 15 points. The third quarter is the worst, with opponents scoring 28 (one TD was on a fumble return) ... Utah's primary defensive set is a 4-3 though the Utes have gone with their nickel package in two games. In the nickel package, either Jay Hill or David Richards starts at nickel back and sophomore Kautai Olevao starts at middle linebacker. Utah does not use a stud linebacker in the nickel package. In Utah's normal 4-3 defensive package, Cyrus Satoafaiga starts at middle linebacker and Jason Hooks starts at stud... Utah had a player named WAC defensive player of the week for the first two games: Kautai Olevao (Utah State) and Andre Dyson (Louisville).
UTAH ON DEFENSE
Category Avg. WAC NCAA Rushing Defense 91.3 5 24 Passing Defense 243.0 2 19 Total Defense 334.3 6 56 Scoring Defense 18.3 5 38
Walk-on freshman Ryan Kaneshiro, who replaced Cletus Truhe as Utah's PAT and field goal kicker, is perfect to date. Kaneshiro is 11 of 11 in extra point attempts and 3 of 3 on field goals (long of 41 vs. Hawaii) ... Truhe has handled every kickoff ... Sophomore All-America candidate Chris Hunter has 18 punts for 774 yards, an average of 43.0 ypp. Hunter has a long of two 50-plus yard punts (61 vs. Hawaii and 55 vs. Utah State) ... Returner Daniel Jones, the WAC special teams player of the week for September 19, is in his first year on the return teams. Jones has 6 of 8 total Ute kickoff returns for 135 yards (22.5 avg.) and all 6 punt returns for 94 yards (15.7 avg.) ... Utah's leader in special teams tackles is Colby Knight with 7. Jamal Allen is second with 6.
Utah's roster lists seven pairs of double numbers. The main problem is No. 22, where running back Mike Anderson and kicker Cletus Truhe are both regulars. The following players are the most likely to see action among the other shared numbers: No. 8 Brad Burnett, No. 10 Kimball Christianson and No. 13 Colby Knight.
RED ZONE REPORT
Times at or inside 20: 11
Field Goals: 4
TD percentage: 45%
Times opponent at or inside 20: 12
Field Goals: 3
TD percentage: 33%
ON THE SCALES
Utah's offensive front five averages 300 pounds [BSU,s offensive line averages 309 pounds]. Utah's defensive down linemen average 292 pounds per man [BSU,s defensive line averages 255 pounds].
THESE TEAMS LAST TIME
Utah scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to wipe out a 10-point Boise State lead and take a 31-27 win over the Broncos in Boise, Oct. 31, 1987. A 3-yard run by former Ute quarterback Scott Mitchell with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter brought Utah to within three (27-24). Curt Jones caught the game-winning 19-yard pass from Mitchell with 3:47 left. Utah's defense pitched a shut out in the last quarter of a game that was tied 17-17 at the half.
BOISE STATE QUICK LOOK
Category Avg. NCAA Rushing Offense 221.7 22 Passing Offense 197.0 53 Total Offense 418.7 23 Scoring Offense 29.7 41 Rushing Defense 88.0 18 Passing Defense 228.7 51 Total Defense 316.7 47 Scoring Defense 23.3 54t
2-1 ... first road game of season is this week at Utah ... offensive line is the biggest Utah has faced this year (averages 309 pounds) ... Head Coach Dirk Koetter is 2-1 in his first year as a head coach ... senior tailback Eron Hurley (5-8,195, Sr.) has rushed 66 times for 305 yards (101.7) and 4 TDs ... sophomore quarterback Bart Hendricks (6-0, 204, So.) is 48 of 95 (3 interceptions) for 583 yards (194.3 ypg) and 5 TDs.
Boise State has a solid program and they will come in ready to play. They beat up on Portland State and played well against Washington State. But I'm more concerned about my football team than what Boise does. We have turned the ball over way too much in the last two games. We had a chance in both games to put it out of reach in the third quarter, but allowed them (Louisville and Hawaii) back in it with turnovers. If we do that against a good football team, we're going to get beat. We're moving the ball, it's just a matter of taking care of it. We have to work harder on ball security in practice and on our center/quarterback and quarterback/running back exchanges. We've let two games get away from us. We need to get a killer instinct on the offensive side of the ball ... The defense has been consistent. Hawaii had no stats outside of 2-3 big plays. Our coverage was a bit of a concern, but they (the Rainbows) got nothing in their run game ... We've been great in the fourth quarter. The positive thing about our terrible third quarters has been when the guys have had their backs against the wall, they have responded.
C 55 Darren Walker (6-3,295, Sr.) 66 Steve McKane (6-1, 244, So.) LG 76 Luis Park (6-2, 300, Jr.) 50 Sam White (6-3, 280, So.) RG 69 Todd Jackson (6-3, 300, Jr.) 77 Fisi Moleni (6-3, 298, Jr.) LT 59 Doug Kaufusi (6-7, 300, Fr.) 76 Luis Park (6-2, 300, Jr.) RT 58 Josh Cochran (6-5, 307, Sr.) 74 Devin Grant (6-8, 300, Sr.) TE 44 Andy Kassotis (6-3, 273, Jr.) 89 Matt Nickel (6-6, 257, So.) QB 16 Jonathan Crosswhite (6-2, 210, Sr.) 15 Scott Styles (6-3, 207, Jr.) WR 5 Jerome Anderson (5-11, 178, Sr.) 25 Donny Utu (6-1, 196, Jr.) 18 Chris Christensen (5-11,177, So.) WR 80 Daniel Jones (5-11, 182, Sr.) 1 Clifford Russell (6-0, 180, Fr.) SL 25 Donny Utu (6-1, 196, Jr.) 9 Boo Bendinger (6-0, 222, Jr.) RB 24 Omar Bacon (6-1, 208, Jr.) 22 Mike Anderson (6-2, 220, Jr.) 6 Thomas Fortune (6-3, 226, Fr.)
E 93 John Frank (6-5, 271, Jr.) 90 Ed Ta'amu (6-2, 280, So.) OE 39 Dicky Purcell (6-1, 238, Sr.) 60 Chuck Pine (6-2, 220, Jr.) RT 99 Mike Thomas (6-1, 303, Sr.) 98 Maake Kemoeatu (6-5, 276, So.) NG 91 Pene Talamaivao (6-4, 313, Sr.) 75 Rod Talaeai (6-0, 258, Jr.) ROV 7 Phil Glover (6-0, 237,Sr.) 12 Wes Tufaga (6-0, 216, So.) MLB 31 Cyrus Satoafaiga (6-2, 240, Jr.) 43 Kautai Olevao (6-2, 240, So.) SLB 49 Jason Hooks (6-3, 262, Sr.) 85 Taulia Lave (6-1, 255, Jr.) RC 30 Teneil Ethridge (5-10, 188, Jr.) 40 Jay Hill (6-1,186, Jr.) LC 21 Andre Dyson (5-10, 184, So.) 34 David Richards (6-0, 187, Sr.) FS 10 Kimball Christianson (6-3, 209, So.) 28 Jamal Allen (5-11, 207, Sr.) SS 35 Robert Love (5-9,203, Sr.) 3 Sitivi Laulu (6-0, 210, Jr.)SPECIALISTS
K 22 Cletus Truhe (5-11, 201, Jr.) 19 Ryan Kaneshiro (5-6, 172, Fr.) PAT 19 Ryan Kaneshiro (5-6, 172, Fr.) 22 Cletus Truhe (5-11, 201, Jr.) P 86 Chris Hunter (6-5, 232, Jr.) 11 Matt Comins (6-4, 198, Fr.) LS 92 Brian Bachhuber (6-1, 247, So.) 90 Ed Ta'amu (6-2, 280, So.) H 22 Cletus Truhe (5-11, 201, Jr.) 11 Matt Comins (6-4, 198, Fr.) PR 80 Daniel Jones (5-11, 182, Sr.) 5 Jerome Anderson (5-11, 178, Sr.) KR 80 Daniel Jones (5-11, 182, Sr.) 30 Teneil Ethridge (5-10, 188, Jr.)