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Early Week Odds and Ends on Utah Football

This week gets a whole lot bigger for the Utes. They’ll step up in competition with Fresno State coming in on Saturday afternoon. It’s the first meeting between the 2 schools since the 1999 Vegas Bowl that saw Utah win the game 17-16 on a Cletus Truhe FG with 5 minutes to play. All Time Utah leads the series 5-4 and 4-1 in Salt Lake City.

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Fresno falls at Troy

The Bulldogs lost at USC 52-13 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The loss was their 17th straight game to a ranked opponent. FSU played 2 QB’s on Saturday:Brian Burrell and Brandon Connette. According to Head Coach Tim DeRuyter they will play 2 QB’s again this Saturday against Utah.

The Bulldogs Offense had 14 total drives on Saturday against USC, they included: 2 TD Drives (13plays/8plays), 4 turnovers, 3 three and outs. The Bulldog Defense faced 14 USC drives on Saturday, they included: 7 touchdowns, 1 field goal, 1 missed field goal, 2 fumbles, 2 ended on downs, 1 end of the game. They gave up 701 yards of total offense on 105 plays.

The Return of Schramm

Former Utah Offensive Coordinator Dave Schramm, who holds the same position with FSU, returns for the first time since leaving the Utah staff after the 2011 season. His offense at Fresno State last season led the nation in passing and ranked third in total offense. He spent 7 seasons with the Utes.

Proud Papa

Captain/Place Kicker Andy Phillips and his wife, Megan, welcomed a baby boy to their family on Tuesday night. The little boy weighed in at 7 lbs and 14 oz and 21 inches long. No name as of Tuesday night.

Keep an eye on Corner

The Utes were ok at corner in the opener against Idaho State. The struggles of Davion Orphey continued though…With that said 2 way player Dominique Hatfield played well in his first collegiate game at corner. The Utes should also get a boost with the return of Justin Thomas, who missed the opener with a minor knee issue. Here’s Dominique Hatfield after Tuesday’s practice talking about his switch to corner.


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