Nov. 5, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY
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> Utah (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) plays Washington (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) on Saturday, Nov. 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. PST at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio is ESPN700 AM (espn700sports.com) and SIRIUS/XM (139/203).
> Utah goes to Washington on a two-game win streak, beating California and Washington State after dropping its first four Pac-12 contests. Last year, the Utes also started 0-4 in Pac-12 play before winning four straight games and five of their last six (including a Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech).
> Last week's 49-6 win over Washington State came in Kyle Whittingham's 100th game as Utah's head coach and gives him a 70-30 career record. He becomes the third head coach in Utah football history to reach 100 games at the school. After their first 100 games, Ike Armstrong was 72-23-5 (1925-37) and Ron McBride was 59-41 (1990-98). Armstrong would coach in 211 games total and McBride in 151 during their head coaching tenures at Utah.
> Washington is the only Pac-12 school that Utah has never beaten (0-7). Complete series information can be found on page 2.
> According the NCAA, Washington has played the second-toughest schedule in the country while Utah's is ranked 38th of 120 FBS schools. The Huskies' opponents to date have a 42-18 record, while Utah's first nine foes are 33-27.
> Utah must win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible for a 10th-straight year. The Utes are 8-1 in bowl games since 2003 and seven of those wins came with Whittingham as the head coach (including a 2005 Fiesta Bowl win as the co-head coach).
> Still ahead on Utah's schedule are Washington (Nov. 10 in Seattle), Arizona (Nov. 17 in Salt Lake City) and Colorado (Nov. 23 in Boulder).
Utah senior Reggie Dunn
made NCAA history with his fourth career 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. WSU last Saturday. Going into the game, Dunn was tied for the record at three with Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1986-88) and Brandon Boykin (Georgia, 2008-11). It is the fourth NCAA kickoff return record for Dunn, who became the first player in NCAA history with two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single game (vs. California on Oct. 27) and also set the mark for kick return average in a game (74.0, 3 for 222 yards against Cal). He is tied for the NCAA record for kick return touchdowns in a game from any distance (2 vs. Cal). Dunn, the Oct. 29 Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, is averaging 55.4 yards per KOR, which would lead the nation, but he does not have enough attempts to qualify for the NCAA rankings (Dunn has seven returns while the current leader has nine returns for an average of 42.08 yards. The minimum is 1.2 per game).
Utah is 11-0 when John White
rushes for 100 yards, which he has done three times this season, including the last two games ... Utah's combined 98 points in the last two games is its best two-game total since the Utes put up 124 total points in back-to-back games against Iowa State (68) and San Jose State (56) in 2010 ... Utah held Washington State to minus-4 rushing yards, the fifth-fewest yards ever gained by a Ute opponent. It was the fifth time in Utah history, and the first time since 1981, that Utah held an opponent to negative rushing yards. Utah recorded a season-high six sacks against WSU--tying for the sixth-best single-game total in school history ... Utah is outscoring its opponents in every quarter but the fourth. Its best offensive quarter is the second (76 points) and its best defensive quarter is the third (17 opponent points).
IN THE HUDDLE
Sophomore tight end Jake Murphy
is Utah's leading receiver with 29 catches for 304 yards. The last time a tight end led Utah in receiving in a season was Dennis Smith
back in 1989 ... John White
has a team-best six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) ... Four true freshmen have played in and started at least one game for Utah this season: quarterback Travis Wilson
, linebacker Reshawn Hooker
, offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi
and punter Tom Hackett
... 18 players have caught passes for Utah this season and four players have completed passes (Wilson, Wynn, Jon Hays
and DeVonte Christopher
OUTSIDE THE LINES
Washington is playing its entire 2012 home season at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, while Husky Stadium undergoes a massive renovation that began last November ... There are no Washington natives on Utah's roster ... Former University of Utah president Michael Young is now the president at UW ... Arizona has returned some of its allotted tickets for the Nov. 17 game in Rice-Eccles Stadium and around 600 were available as of Monday morning. Order tickets at 801-581-UTIX, UtahUtes.com or the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office ... Utah has not played a road game on Nov. 10 since 1990 (a 29-27 win over New Mexico). Utah's last game on Nov. 27 was a 50-0 win over Wyoming in 2007.
Utah receivers coach Aaron Roderick
was a receiver at BYU in 1996, when UW head coach Steve Sarkisian was the Cougars' QB #utes ... Utah is 3-4 in night games and 4-3 on artificial turf #utes ... With last week's crowd of 45,069 against Washington State, Utah has now sold out 17 straight games in Rice-Eccles Stadium since 2010 #utes ... Utah has scored 49 points in back-to-back games, beating Cal (49-27) and WSU (49-6) #utes
Utah leads the nation in fumbles returned for touchdowns (4) and kickoff return average (35.33) ... Utah is third in the Pac-12 in total defense (336.22), rushing defense (105.11), passing defense (231.11) and scoring defense (22.0), and is tied for third in opponent fourth-down conversions (37.5%) ... Utah's best national rankings are in rushing defense (15th) and total defense (27th) ... Utah leads the Pac-12 and is sixth in the nation in average time of possession (33:11) and ranks fourth in opponent first downs (17.9). For more Utah rankings, see page 3.