Sept. 30, 2013
Some Bleacher Seats Remain for UCLA Game
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SALT LAKE CITY--
Complete Release in PDF
Quotes from Coach Whittingham's Weekly Press Conference
> Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) returns to Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday, Oct. 3, hosting No. 12 UCLA (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) in Rice-Eccles Stadium at 8:00 p.m. MT. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. Radio is ESPN700 AM. Satellite radio is Sirius 110/XM 191. Sports USA will be broadcasting the nationally from Rice-Eccles Stadium with the talent team of Dan Fouts, Doug Plank and Troy West.
> Some bleacher seats, as well as standing room only tickets, are still available for the UCLA game. Contact the ticket office at utahutes.com or by calling 801-581-UTIX.
> Kyle Whittingham is 6-2 coming off regular-season byes with both losses coming in Pac-12 play (to Washington in 2011 and USC in 2012). The victories came over Wyoming (2005, 2007), Colorado State (2006, 2009), New Mexico (2008) and Iowa State (2010). Utah's all-time record coming off byes (including bowl games) is 107-42-6.
> Utah trails the series with UCLA 9-2 overall and 3-2 in Salt Lake City. Utah has won two of the last three games with UCLA--in 2007 and 2011 (both under Whittingham, who is 2-2 against the Bruins)--before losing last year 21-14. For complete series notes, see page 2.
> Thursday's game is the sixth-annual blackout game. The Utes will wear black uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear black attire.
> Utah is 4-1 in blackout games, with wins over TCU in 2008, Wyoming in 2009, Oregon State in 2011 and Cal in 2012, and a loss to TCU in 2010.
Leading receiver Dres Anderson's
father Flipper played wide receiver for UCLA from 1984-87. Flipper Anderson led the Bruins in receiving yards in 1986 and 1987 and ranks 10th in UCLA history with 2,023 career yards. He went on to a 10-year NFL career ... Utah cornerbacks coach Sharrieff Shah's
brother Karim Abdul Jabbar was a running back at UCLA from 1992-95 and is the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 3,812 career yards. He later played for three NFL teams.
is looking for career win No. 75 against the Bruins. Whittingham is 74-33 in his ninth season as Utah's head coach. His next win will be his 160th as a member of Utah's coaching staff ... Dres Anderson
has three-straight 100-yard games (103 yards vs. Weber State, 101 vs. Oregon State and a career-high 141 vs. BYU) ... First-year kicker Andy Phillips
is perfect in both field goals (7-7) and PATs (21-21) ... Punter Tom Hackett
leads the Pac-12 in punt average (43.4 yards per punt) and is tied for the Pac-12 lead in punts inside the 20-yard line (9) and punts of 50+ yards (6) ... Utah leads the Pac-12 in sacks per game (3.75) and ranks second in total sacks (15).
TWO MINUTE DRILL
UCLA is No. 12 in this week's Associated Press rankings. The last time the Utes played a ranked UCLA team, they upset the No. 11 Bruins 44-6 in Salt Lake City in 2007. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah is 0-3 against ranked conference opponents and 1-3 overall (win was against No. 25 BYU in 2012) ... Travis Wilson
was named the Athlon Sports National Offensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after passing for 273 yards and two touchdowns (no turnovers) in a 20-13 win over Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 21 ... Utah's coaches will participate in the American Football Coaches Association's national charity project for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by wearing Coach to Cure MD patches on the sidelines in the UCLA game ... Utah is 1-1 in games televised on the new FOX Sports 1 network ... The UCLA game marks Utah's third-straight kick time of 8 p.m. or later ... Utah's win over BYU was its fourth-straight against the Cougars and secures the Beehive Boot for the Utes, who swept the instate games. Utah beat Utah State in the season opener and also beat FCS Weber State (which does not compete for the boot). The win also earned Utah 10 points in the Deseret Duel Rivalry Series between the Utes and BYU, giving Utah a 10-6 lead.
IN THE HUDDLE
QB Travis Wilson
made his first career start against UCLA last year as a true freshman: a 21-14 loss in Los Angeles ... Initially preferring the use of his given name on the team roster, James Poole has decided to go by his nickname Bubba from here on out ... At running back, Kelvin York
and Lucky Radley
are now listed as the co-backups to Poole ... Nickel back Mike Honeycutt
and tackle Viliseni Fauonuku
, who got their first career starts at BYU on Sept. 21, have moved into co-starting roles on the depth chart at their respective positions (with Justin Thomas
and LT Tuipulotu
) ... Eight true freshmen have played: DE/LB Pita Taumoepenu
, SN Chase Dominguez
, DT Sam Tevi
, LB Uaea Masina
, DB Hipolito Corporan
, TE Siale Fakailoatonga
, WR Dominque Hatfield and RB Marcus Sanders-Williams
. Dominguez is the only starter.