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Football Hosts #23 ASU Saturday at 2 p.m.

Andy Phillips is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Placekicker Award.

Andy Phillips is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Placekicker Award.

Nov. 4, 2013

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Quotes from Coach Whittingham's Weekly Press Conference

QUICKLY

> Utah (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) hosts No. 23 Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. MT in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Some bleacher seats and standing room tickets remain. Contact the ticket office at utahutes.com or call 801-581-UTIX. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio is ESPN700 AM. Satellite radio is Sirius 136/XM 194.

> Utah's all-time record coming off regular season byes is 94-39-6. Kyle Whittingham is 6-3 after regular-season byes and 0-1 this year with a loss to UCLA on Oct. 3. His victories came over Wyoming (2005, 2007), Colorado State (2006, 2009), New Mexico (2008) and Iowa State (2010). Losses were to Washington (2011), USC (2012) and UCLA (2013).

> The Utes have lost their last two games since beating No. 5 Stanford on Oct. 12. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah is 8-15 overall in conference play, including a 5-7 home record and a 3-8 road mark.

> Utah and ASU have played two common opponents. Utah beat Stanford 27-21 and lost to USC 19-3. Arizona State lost to Stanford 42-28 and beat USC 62-41.

> Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson was the head coach at ASU from 2007-11 and his team beat the Utes the last time the Sun Devils visited Salt Lake City in 2011. Erickson was the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year in his first season at ASU.

> Utah trails the series with ASU 18-6 and has not beaten the Sun Devils since a 31-28 win in Tempe in 1976 when the two teams played in the Western Athletic Conference. The Utes have lost nine straight since then, including Pac-12 games in 2011 and 2012. More on the series on page 2.

TWO MINUTE DRILL

Against Pac-12 South division teams, the Utes are 0-3 this season and 3-10 overall. Utah is 1-1 this season and 5-5 overall against the Pac-12 North ... ASU leads the Pac-12 South division (4-1) and Utah is fifth (1-4) ... Utah is 2-3 in night games and 2-1 in day games ... Utah is outscoring its opponents in every quarter, led by a 21-point first half advantage (69-48) ... The Utes are 3-0 when they lead at halftime. Utah has won its last 49 games when leading at halftime, which is the second-longest streak in the country behind Oregon (58) ... This week's game against No. 23 ASU marks the seventh time in school history that the Utes have faced three ranked teams in the Associated Press poll in a season. Utah is 1-1 against ranked teams this season, losing to No. 12 UCLA and beating No. 5 Stanford.

NATIONAL NOTABLES

Senior defensive end/linebacker Trevor Reilly's three fumble recoveries is tied for third in the country ... Junior Dres Anderson is tied for second in the nation in receptions of 50 yards or longer with five ... Utah is tied for fourth in the nation in plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or longer with 10.

LEADERS OF THE PAC

Utah is tied for first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation in sack average (3.38). Utah is tied for second in the league and sixth nationally in total sacks (27) ... Utah leads the Pac-12 and is ranked second in the country in fewest fumbles lost (2) ... Utah ranks first in the Pac-12 in net punting (39.31) and is second in punt return average (11.2) ... Sophomore punter Tom Hackett leads the Pac-12 in punt average (43.1 yards) and punts of 50+ yards (11), and ranks second in punts inside the 20-yard line (19) ... Junior Dres Anderson leads the Pac-12 in yards per reception (19.5) and senior Trevor Reilly is first in the league in fumbles recovered (3) ... Freshman kicker Andy Phillips is tied for second in the Pac-12 in kick-scoring points (69).

IN THE HUDDLE

Trevor Reilly, who plays both defensive end and linebacker, was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which honors the best college linebacker ... Freshman kicker Andy Phillips is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award ... Adam Schulz (pronounced Schultz) has relieved starter Travis Wilson in the second half of the last two games. Wilson injured his throwing hand against Arizona on Oct. 19 and wore a protective glove in the USC game on Oct. 26 ... Starting offensive linemen Jeremiah Poutasi, Jeremiah Tofaeono, Vyncent Jones, Junior Salt and Siaosi Aiono have played every offensive snap for the past six games ... Eight true freshmen have played: SN Chase Dominguez, DT Sam Tevi, DB Hipolito Corporan, TE Siale Fakailoatonga, LB Uaea Masina, WR Dominque Hatfield, DE/LB Pita Taumoepenu and RB Marcus Sanders-Williams. Dominguez is the only starter.

SALUTE AMERICA GAME

The theme for the ASU game is Salute America and the Utes will wear helmet decals to honor the nation's military, first responders and veterans. Military personnel and their families will receive a special ticket offer for the game by calling the sales team at 801-587-9894. The marching band will perform a special military presentation at halftime that will feature the Armed Forces medley, a big flag presentation and a balloon release. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to the game.

OUTSIDE THE LINES

The Kyle Whittingham radio show is Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN700. It will be broadcast live from Harmon's City Creek and is free to the public ... As part of the month-long University of Utah Food Drive, the MUSS and the Alumni Association will collect donations for the Utah Food Bank at the Guardsman Way tailgate lot and areas around the stadium prior to the game ... The Ute Walk will start at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South. Those participating in the Ute Walk will receive a free limited-edition Salute America flag. Fans may sign up for the Utah football text program to win other great prizes at the Ute Walk. To join the program, text UtahFB to 53535.

 

 

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