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Utah Football To Host UCLA Saturday For Dark Mode Game

Oct 25, 2021

The University of Utah Football team (4-3, 3-1) makes its return to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 30 when it hosts Pac-12 South foe UCLA (5-3, 3-2). The game is set for an 8 p.m. MT kick on ESPN and will be Utah's annual Dark Mode game.

Utah is 103-36 (.739) in Rice-Eccles Stadium (1998-present), recording its 100th win in the historic stadium in 2020. Utah is 75-25 in RES during the Kyle Whittingham era, including three undefeated home seasons in 2008 (6-0), 2009 (6-0) and 2019 (7-0). Utah has won 16 of its last 17 home games, which includes a streak of 11 in a row from Oct. 6, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2019. The Utes have won their last two games against the Bruins when playing in RES, including their 49-3 rout in 2019.  

Fans can get behind the scenes views and live updates during games on social media by following the Utes on Twitter (@Utah_Football | @UtahAthletics) and Instagram (@UtahFootball | @UtahAthletics). Fans can also search #GOUTES and #UBOYZ on social media for conversations about Utah Football throughout the season.

•    With a win, Utah would win five straight against UCLA.
•    With a win, Utah would be one win away from its 50th victory in Pac-12 play.             
•    In Utah's last three games, 11 of Utah's 17 scoring drives have been for 65+ yards, averaging 63.2 yards and 7.5 plays over the span of those 17 scoring drives.
•    Utah has outscored UCLA 190-75 in the last four games between the two teams.      
•    With a win, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham would be three wins away from becoming the all-time wins leader at Utah.      
•    Utah is 48-42 in Pac-12 Conference play and 124-164-6 all-time against Pac-12 opponents. Utah has won 14 of its last 17 conference games.
•    Utah currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (33.8) and touchdowns scored (18) in conference play.  
•    Utah's defense ranks 11th in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game (6.7), also ranking 16th in the FBS and first in the league in sacks per game (3.00).     
•    Utah currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth in the FBS in fewest penalties this season (30).  
•    Utah has finished the season ranking in the top three in the Pac-12 in total defense for four straight years with the Utes currently ranking third (347.8).
•    Utah has seven consecutive years of winning seasons, dating back to 2014. The Utes have finished with a winning season in 14 of Kyle Whittingham's 16 years as head coach.
•    Utah has sold out Rice-Eccles Stadium in 67 consecutive games, dating back to the 2010 season opener. Utah increased its stadium capacity from 45,807 to 51,444 with the expansion of the Ken Garff Red Zone. Utah set a new attendance record in its comeback victory over No. 18 Arizona State on Oct. 16, 2021 in front of 51,724 fans.  
•    Utah was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South Division with the Utes leading all teams with five first-team preseason All-Pac-12 picks (Nick Ford, OL; Devin Lloyd, LB; Mika Tafua, DE; Jadon Redding, PK; Britain Covey, RS).