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Utah by the numbers: Utes boast great defense, solid offense

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With a 8-3 record, #17 ranking in the college football rankings and a spot in the Pac 12 title game, Utah is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history.

As has often been the case under Coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah is winning games due in large part to a stout defense.

Here is how Utah ranks statistically on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Defense

The BYU offense will need to have one of their best performances of the season versus a very good Utah defense. Utah isn’t vulnerable in many areas, but teams have had moderate success passing the ball versus the Utes.

  • Yard allowed per game: 312 (14th)
  • Rushing yards allowed per game: 95.5 (5th)
  • Passing yards allowed per game: 216.5 (55th)
  • Points allowed per game: 18.5 (16th)
  • Red zone scoring percentage: 59.4% (1st)
  • 3rd down conversion percentage: 32.5% (19th)
  • Turnovers gained: 18 (42nd)
  • Sacks per game: 2.82 (20th)

Offense

Utah lost starting QB Tyler Huntley a few weeks back versus Arizona State and star RB Zack Moss days later, but the offense hasn’t really missed a beat. In the two games since the injury, Utah put up 32 points on Oregon and 30 points on Colorado.

  • Yards per game: 424 (52nd)
  • Rushing yards per game: 201.7 (38th)
  • Passing yards per game: 221.9 (77th)
  • Points per game: 30.5 (36th)
  • 3rd down conversion percentage: 38.8% (73rd)
  • Red zone scoring percentage: 90.9% (17th)
  • Turnovers lost: 16 (63rd)

After opening as a 13.5-point underdog, BYU is currently a 12-point underdog the Utes. Saturday’s game is 8pm MST on FS1.