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Utah Football To Host Washington State In Season Finale

Dec 14, 2020

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THE GAME
The University of Utah (2-2) will host the Washington State Cougars (1-2) in its final regular season game of the season at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 19. The game will kick off at 11:30 a.m. MT and will be televised on FS1. Search #GoUtes and #UBoyz on social media for conversation about the Utah Football program this season.

HOME SWEET HOME
Utah is 99-36 (.733) all-time in Rice-Eccles Stadium (1998-present). Utah is 71-25 during the Kyle Whittingham era in Salt Lake City, including three undefeated home seasons in 2008 (6-0), 2009 (6-0) and 2019 (7-0). Utah is 4-5 against Washington State when playing in Salt Lake City with the last home win against the Cougars coming 2019 (2012 prior to 2019). Utah beat Washington State 38-13 in Rice-Eccles last season, holding the Cougars to well-under the offensive totals. The Utes passing defense was strong in that game, recording 12 pass breakups, which ranked second all-time in school history.  

NUMBERS TALK
•    With a win, Utah will have won back-to-back games against Washington State for the first time in the series' history.    
•    With a win, Utah will tie the all-time series against Washington State, 9-9.     
•    In the all-time series against Washington State, the home team has had the advantage with Utah trailing 5-4 in Salt Lake City, but leading 4-3 in Pullman.    
•    Teams are only converting 35-percent of their third downs against the Utes, which ranks second in the Pac-12 and 23rd in the FBS.   
•    After Utah's game against the Cougars, Kyle Whittingham will have coached in 200 games as the head coach of the Utes. Whittingham is the third-most tenured head coach among active head coaches nationally.

QUICK HITS
•    Utah ranks 10th in the FBS and 1st in the Pac-12 in time of possession (33:55). The Utes are outgaining their opponents in time of possession 33:55 to 26:05.
•    Utah is among the least penalized teams in the nation at just 19, ranking fifth in the FBS and third in the Pac-12. Utah didn't commit a single penalty against Colorado, the first time a Pac-12 team has gone an entire game without a penalty since 2016.
•    Utah has gained nine turnovers this season which includes six interceptions. Utah's nine turnovers gained ranks third in the Pac-12 while its six interceptions ranks second in the league, also ranking second in passing efficiency defense (120.35).
•    Utah has held three of its four opponents to under 360 yards of total offense, ranking second in the Pac-12 in total defense (357.2).

Kyle Whittingham, the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and the third-longest tenured coach at the same school in the NCAA FBS, is in his 16th season at the helm at Utah in 2020.
•    He holds a 133-66 overall record as a head coach, ranking as the second-winningest head coach at Utah behind Ike Armstrong (141-55-15).
•    Saturday's game against Washington State will be his 200th game as head coach of the Utes, having coached in 325 games at the school (11 seasons as an assistant coach).
•    He has contributed to more victories than any coach in program history (218) including his 11 seasons as an assistant coach (1994-2004).
•    He has led the Utes to back-to-back Pac-12 South titles and has won National Coach of the Year recognitions – two in 2008 and one 2019. He was the AFCA Coach of the Year and Bear Bryant Award winner in 2008, and the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year in 2019, also winning Pac-12 Coach of the Year last season.