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No. 5 Utah Hosts No. 3 TCU in Camo Blackout Game

Brian Blechen was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Brian Blechen was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Nov. 1, 2010

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> No. 5/6/6 Utah (8-0, 5-0 MWC) plays No. 3/4/4 TCU (9-0, 5-0 MWC) in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. MT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. ESPN College Football GameDay will host its shows from the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot on Friday and Saturday (more below). The game itself will be televised by CBS C. Radio is ESPN700 AM (espn700sports.com) and Westwood One, with ESPN Radio GameDay hosting its shows on location as well.

> ESPN College Football GameDay will be in Salt Lake City this weekend, broadcasting shows from the Rice-Eccles Stadium west parking lot on Friday (10 a.m.-noon MT) and Saturday (7-10 a.m.). Fans are encouraged to arrive at 6 a.m. Saturday (general parking is available in the Huntsman and Merrill Engineering lots). ESPN Radio GameDay is also coming to town and will host a variety of shows from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MT Saturday on the lawn by the Eccles Tennis Center.

> Utah is No. 5 in the BCS Standings and No. 6 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls this week, the earliest it has ever been ranked this high. Utah's best national ranking came in 2008, when it finished the season ranked No. 2 after crushing Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. Utah is off to its third 8-0 start in the last seven years (the Utes finished 12-0 in 2004 and 13-0 in 2008).

> No. 3 TCU is the highest ranked opponent Utah has hosted in Rice-Eccles Stadium since it opened in 1998 and ties the highest ranking ever by an opponent in Salt Lake City (BYU was No. 3 in the 1984 game in old Rice Stadium). The highest ranked opponents previously to visit Rice-Eccles Stadium were No. 11 UCLA in 2007 and No. 11 TCU in 2008. Utah beat both teams. Utah's current No. 5 BCS ranking ties its best ever for a home game. The Utes were ranked No. 5 by the A.P. for a 52-21 home win over Brigham Young in 2004.

> The Utes lead the series with TCU 5-2, including a 3-0 mark in Salt Lake City. For more on the series, see page 2.


There are plenty of similarities between the upcoming game and the 2008 Utah-TCU game in Salt Lake City: Both teams were ranked (Utah No. 10 and TCU No. 11), the game was played on Nov. 6 and televised nationally on CBS College Sports, the theme of the game was a "Blackout" and both teams were undefeated in Mountain West Conference play. Utah won that game 13-10.


Utah's home win streak, now at 21 games, is the third-longest active home win streak in the nation, the second-longest in school history and longest in MWC history. "The Streak" dates back to a Sept. 15, 2007 victory over 11th-ranked UCLA and currently ranks behind only Oklahoma (35) and Boise State (29). The school record for consecutive home wins is 26, set from 1928-34.


Saturday's game is the third-annual Blackout game for the Utes, with the preceding Blackouts coming against TCU in 2008 and Wyoming in 2009. Utah is 2-0 in Blackout games in Salt Lake City. This year's Blackout will also feature a camouflage theme in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project. Fans are encouraged to wear black, or black and camouflage, attire to the game. Apparel is being sold online at www.utahutes.com and at local licensed retailers. The Ute players will wear specially designed camouflage and black jerseys with the words Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Country, Integrity and Service replacing their last names. CBS will auction off the game jerseys on Nov. 8 on UtahUtes.com. Also in recognition of the Wounded Warrior Program, 25,000 American flags will be handed out at the entry gates, three wounded veterans will serve as honorary captains for the coin toss and 50 active and retired soldiers will hold a huge American flag for the National Anthem.


The last time Utah and TCU played in Salt Lake City, No. 10 Utah staged a late rally to beat No. 11 TCU 13-10. Trailing 10-6 with 2:48 remaining, current Ute quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, then a senior QB for Utah, completed 7-of-9 passes culminating with a touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with less than a minute left. Until the late-game offensive heroics, this was a defensive batttle. After relinquishing 10 points in the first nine minutes of the game, Utah held TCU scoreless the remainder of the way. Stevenson Sylvester, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, led Utah with 10 tackles, and had one of the team's four sacks. Sean Smith, now a Miami Dolphin, returned an interception 37 yards to set up a Louie Sakoda field goal.


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