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Ute Football Resumes Play at Colorado State

Shaky Smithson could play receiver, running back and returner at CSU.

Shaky Smithson could play receiver, running back and returner at CSU.

Oct. 5, 2009


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> Utah (3-1, 0-0 MWC) returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 10 against Colorado State (3-2, 0-1 MWC) in Ft. Collins, Colo. Kickoff is 4 p.m. in Hughes Stadium and the game will be televised live on the Mtn. Radio is KALL 700 AM (kall700sports.com).

> Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is 2-2 in conference openers, with wins against San Diego State (2006) and UNLV (2008), and losses to TCU (2005) and Air Force (2007).

> Whittingham's teams are 4-0 coming off bye weeks, beating Wyoming (2005, 2007), Colorado State (2006) and New Mexico (2008).

> Utah has won the last three meetings against Colorado State, dating back to a loss in Ft. Collins in 2005, and is 53-22-2 all-time against the Rams. For complete series notes, see the boxed inset on page 2.

> Whittingham earned career win No. 40 with Utah's 30-14 win over Louisville on Sept. 26. He is 40-15 in his fifth year as head coach.

> The Utes need two wins to reach victory No. 600 in school history. Utah's all-time record is 598-418-31. The Utes are one win away from victory No. 50 in Rice-Eccles Stadium, where they are 49-16 since the stadium opened in 1998.

> Utah finished its non-conference slate with a 2-0 record against the Western Athletic Conference (defeating Utah State and San Jose State) and a 1-0 mark against the Big East (Louisville). Utah was 0-1 against the Pac-10, falling a touchdown short at Oregon (31-24).

> Utah lost the MWC's leading rusher for the season when senior Matt Asiata injured his knee against Louisville on Sept. 26.

> Utah leads the nation in opponent third down conversions, allowing just 10 on 52 attempts (including 14 straight stops to start the season) for 19.2%.

> Utah is 248-153-14 all-time in the month of October and 6-5 on October 10.

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