Washington State Cougars' opponent this week in football: Utah

Contributing writerNovember 15, 2011 

COUGARS' OPPONENT THIS WEEK

UTAH (6-4 OVERALL, 3-4 PACIFIC-12)
2 p.m. Saturday, Martin Stadium, Pullman TV:
Fox College Sports Atlantic; Radio: 1240-AM, 770-AM, 104.3-FM

Coach: Kyle Whittingham (64-24, seventh year)

Against the Cougars: The series is tied, 5-5. Washington State won the last meeting in 2000 in Salt Lake City, 38-21.

Washington connections: No Utah players list Washington cities as their hometown.

Did you know: Utah won nine consecutive bowl games before losing to Boise State in the 2010 Las Vegas Bowl.

Scouting report: The Utes, who joined the Pac-12 this year, have won three consecutive games after an 0-4 start in league play. Junior college transfer John White ranks ninth in the nation with 119.1 rushing yards per game. JC transfer Jon Hays has been asked to do little more than hand the ball off to White since starting quarterback Jordan Wynn is out with a shoulder injury. Senior defensive end Derrick Shelby leads a quality defense that leads the Pac-12 with 19.2 points allowed per game.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing: Att, Comp, Pct, Yards, TD, Int
Jon Hays: 140, 76, 54.3, 958, 8, 7

Rushing: Att, Yards, Avg, TD
John White: 238, 1191, 5.0, 12

Receiving: Rec, Yards, Avg., TD
DeVonte Christopher: 29, 450, 15.5, 4

Punting: Punts, Avg, Blk
Sean Sellwood: 30, 43.9, 0

Field goals: Att, Made, Lg
Coleman Petersen: 18, 14, 48

2011 SCHEDULE

Sept. 1: defeated Montana State, 27-10
Sept. 10: lost to USC, 27-14*
Sept. 17: defeated BYU, 54-10
Oct. 1: lost to Washington, 31-14*
Oct. 8: lost to Arizona State, 35-14*
Oct. 15: defeated Pittsburgh, 26-14
Oct. 22: lost to California, 34-10*
Oct. 29: defeated Oregon State, 27-8*
Nov. 5: defeated Arizona, 34-21*
Nov. 12: defeated UCLA, 31-6*
Saturday: at Washington State*
Nov. 25: vs. Colorado*
* Conference game

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