Know The Foe: Utah Bio

September 7, 2012; Logan, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) reacts during the second half against the Utah State Aggies at Romney Stadium. Utah State defeated Utah 27-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

It's rivalry time! Whether you call it the Holy War, Deseret Duel, War of the Wasatch, our House Divided, BYU is set for its first road game of the year against heated rival Utah. Per tradition, though you may already know much, here is your bio blast for Utah:

BIO

Name: University of Utah
Nickname: Utes
Colors: Crimson and White
Conference: Pacific 12
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

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Enrollment: ~31,000

Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, cap. 45,017 (FieldTurf)

Bowl Appearances: 17 (13-4 record)
Last: 2011 (defeated Georgia Tech 30-27 in the Sun Bowl)

Best seasons:
2008: The Utes finished ranked #2 in the nation after a 13-0 season and 31-17 Sugar Bowl spanking of #4 Alabama. After a couple of squeakers with New Mexico and TCU down the stretch, Utah finished the season by outscoring its final three opponents 142-55. Scored 37 ppg, allowed 17.

2004: The original BCS busters finished 12-0 and ranked #4 after beating Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl. The 2004 Utes scored 45 points per game.

Player-Alumni
WR Steve Smith (1999-2000): Five-time Pro-Bowler for the Carolina Panthers in 12-year NFL career. QB Alex Smith (2002-04): First pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, led the 49ers to the NFC championship game last year. Norm Chow (1965-67): Long-time, accomplished offensive coach, currently head coach at Hawaii. S Eric Weddle (2003-06): Starting safety for the San Diego Chargers.

Coach: Kyle Whittingham, 8th season. (66-26, .717)

Last 5 Years: 50-15 (.769)

History vs BYU
BYU by like 63-34 or something, amirite?
Last 10 years: Utah 7-3

2012

Record: 1-1
Ranked: NR
Sagarin Rating: 45

AVERAGES (2 games)

POINTS

Scored:

30.5

Allowed:

13.5

YARDS/GM

Gained

Allowed

Rush

Pass

Total

Rush

Pass

Total

144.5

225.0

369.5 (#75)

99.5

147.5

247.0 (#14)

CURRENT STAT LEADERS

PASSING
2012: Jon Hays | 12-26 for 154 yards, 1 TD 0 INT
Career: Hays* | 132-240 for 1,613 yards, 13 TD 8 INT
*Jordan Wynn retired

RUSHING
2012: John White IV | 215 yards, 1 TD on 51 carries
Career: White | 1,734 yards, 16 TD on 367 carries

RECEIVING
2012: Kenneth Scott | 93 yards, 2 TD on 4 receptions
Career: DeVonte Christopher | 1,430 yards, 11 TD on 91 receptions

TACKLES
2012: LB Dave Fagergren | 15 tackles
Career:
S Eric Rowe* | 79 tackles, 3 for loss
LB Trevor Reilly | 78 tackles, 16 for loss
DL Star Lotulelei | 72 tackles, 18 for loss
*-Doubtful for Saturday

TIME/TV

Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. MT
TV: ESPN2

Watch for the Game Thread on Saturday, where you can join fellow Cougar fans in discussion throughout the game.

Pre-game events:
Friday Fireside - 7:00 p.m. Assembly Hall at Temple Square, SLC
Tailgate/Viewing Party - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, BYU-Salt Lake Center

For more insight and commentary on the Utes, visit Block U.

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