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11:00 AM PT12:00 PM MT1:00 PM CT2:00 PM ET6:00 PM GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST, Oct. 1, 2022
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 51,729

No. 12 Utah hosts dangerous Oregon State

Oregon State Beavers at Utah Utes

  1. First meeting in 1931, Oregon State and Utah have played 24 times with the Utes holding a two-point advantage in the all-time series (512-510). Last season, the Beavers knocked off Utah, 42-34, outscoring the Utes 28-10 in the second half.
  2. The Utes kicked off their conference season with a 34-13 win over Arizona State, moving their record to 12-1 in their last 13 Pac-12 games. The 12 conference wins are two more than any other FBS team has since the beginning of December 2020.
  3. Utah's Dalton Kincaid scored twice against the Sun Devils and had 12 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons. The only FBS tight end with more TD catches than Kincaid since the beginning of last season is Georgia's Brock Bowers (15).
  4. Since 2014, Oregon State is 6-28 in conference road games. Only five FBS schools have a worse record in conference road games over the last nine seasons (South Alabama, UTEP, Connecticut, Vanderbilt and Kansas).
  5. Jam Griffin has rushed for a touchdown in consecutive games for the Beavers. Prior to this season, Griffin had two career touchdown runs in three seasons with Georgia Tech.

After a near-upset of then-No. 7 Southern Cal, Oregon State will have another opportunity for a statement victory within the Pac-12 this Saturday but must do so on the road against No. 12 Utah.

The Beavers (3-1, 0-1) lost 17-14 to the Trojans last week while the Utes (3-0, 1-0) opened conference play with a 34-13 victory at Arizona State.

Oregon State could not overcome the four interceptions thrown by Chance Nolan against Southern Cal. His last interception came on the Beavers' final possession at their 46-yard line.

"You play quarterback and have a couple errors, those stand out," Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said. "We've got to be able to be smarter with the football."

Nolan was hit by a Southern Cal defender while passing on three of the four interceptions.

"We've got to protect him better," Smith said. "Also need to understand the situation. Sometimes a sack is better than an interception."

Utah was triumphant at Arizona State in the Sun Devils' first game without terminated coach Herm Edwards, but the Utes suffered a major blow when all-conference tight end candidate Brant Kuithe went down with a season-ending lower-leg injury.

In 51 career games, Kuithe caught 148 passes for 1,882 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranks eighth overall in school history in receptions, marking the most by a Utah tight end since 1996. This season, Kuithe led the Utes in catches (19) and was No. 2 in receiving yards (206), with three touchdowns.

"That's a big blow for our offense," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He was a huge part of what we do offensively. ... We'll miss him. He's a great leader and a great person. It breaks your heart to see something like that happen to a senior."

Whittingham mentioned that Kuithe is within the four-game redshirting window (one-third of the season) and has the option to return for a fifth season.

Dalton Kincaid, who caught two touchdown passes against Arizona State, becomes the No. 1 tight end. He has 16 receptions for 240 yards with four touchdowns this season.

Two matters of concern for Oregon State include the Utes' pass rush and rushing defense.

Nolan struggled when he was under pressure from the Trojans' defensive line, as Oregon State rushed for a season-low 153 yards against them.

Utah, meantime, sacked Arizona State's Emory Jones five times, two by Gabe Reid. The Utes held Arizona State to 6 rushing yards.

The Beavers often rotate running backs Deshaun Fenwick, Jam Griffin and Damien Martinez, who have accounted for 499 yards rushing and seven TDs in the four games.

"Early in the game, we do like to get a little rotation going so they cannot get worn out in the second half, if we get a guy with a hot hand," Smith said. "I don't think it's a hindrance. If a guy continues to separate the next three, four games, then we'll have the one back. But we feel good with all three guys."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2022

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