It’s homecoming for the reeling Utes(1-2) as they welcome the Washington State Cougars(1-2) to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff for Utah’s Pac-12 opener is set for 12:30MT on ESPN700 and the Pac-12 Network.
ESPN700 coverage begins bright and early
- (8:30am) Porter Larsen, Bryan Brown and former Utes/NFL safety Robert Johnson on Utes Game Day
- (10:30am) Bill Riley, Scott Mitchell and Stevenson Sylvester take over from RES
- (12:30am) WSU @ UTAH KICKOFF
GAME NOTES via Utah Athletics (UtahUtes.com)
HOME SWEET HOME
Utah is currently 101-36 (.735) in Rice-Eccles Stadium (1998-present), recording its 100th win in the historic stadium in 2020. Utah is 73-25 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 14 of its last 15 home games, which included a streak of 11 in a row from Oct. 6, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2019. Rice-Eccles Stadium ranks second in the Pac-12 in win percentage and in the top-25 nationally.
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• Utah’s game against Washington State will break the tie in the all-time series which sits at 9-9.
• With a win, the Utes will have won three straight against the Cougars.
• Utah’s game against Washington State will be the third time the two teams have met during Utah’s homecoming (1-1).
• Utah’s game against Washington State marks its 87th game in Pac-12 Conference play.
• Utah overcame a 21-point deficit against WSU in 2020’s season finale, the third-largest in school history.
• Utah is 61-34-4 all-time in Homecoming games (.642).
• Utah is 45-41 in Pac-12 Conference play and 121-163-6 all-time against Pac-12 opponents.
• Utah has won four of its last five Homecoming games, including beating Washington State (38-13) in 2019.
• 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 65 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. Official attendance for Utah’s season-opener against Weber State on Sept. 2 was 51,511, a stadium record.
• 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).
• Utah ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP Poll. The Utes have either been ranked or received votes in the last seven AP preseason polls, finishing the year ranked or receiving votes in four of those years.
Utah and WSU are scoreless after a hard fought defensive struggle in the first quarter
Jackson puts the Utes up 7-3 on a 2 yard TD run
Utes lead Wazzu 7-6 at halftime
The Cougars take the lead on a 26 yard TD pass early in the 3rd quarter
Washington State leads Utah 13-10 after 3 quarters
TJ Pledger gives Utah the lead back on a 20 yard TD run. Utes lead 17-13 in the 4th
Clark Phillips gets a 54 yard pick-6 to help Utah put the game away late in the 4th
Utah outscores the Cougars 14-0 in the 4th to get their first Pac-12 win
Utah overcomes offensive struggles to get their first Pac-12 win, 24-13 over Washington State