Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Utah: By the numbers
By Johnny Curren
95: Years since USC and Utah last faced off in Salt Lake City
The Trojans haven’t traveled to play the Utes on their home turf since 1917, a game USC won, 51-0. There’s a ton of hype for the Trojans’ return, and Rice-Eccles Stadium is sold out and expecting a raucous crowd.
8: Games in a row the Utes have won when playing on Thursday
Utah’s overall record in Thursday games is 53-25-5, and the Utes are currently in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. The last time the Utes lost on a Thursday was in 2007 at the hands of Oregon State.
9-0: Utah’s record when running back John White rushes for at least 100 yards
Rushing for 1,519 yards a year ago, White is one of the most productive running backs in the nation when healthy. Unfortunately for the Utes, the 5-foot-8 senior has been slowed by an ankle injury recently, and he rushed for just 18 yards on 14 carries in last week’s loss to Arizona State.
112: Ranking of Utah’s total offense out of 120 FBS programs
Utah lost four-year starting quarterback Jordan Wynn in the second game of the season, and the offense hasn’t quite come together with Jon Hays at the helm, averaging just 298.3 yards of total offense per game. Making things worse has been the decrease in production from White.
27: Ranking of Utah’s rushing defense
Led by a stout defensive line unit that rotates in up to 12 players per game, and features 2011 Morris Award winner Star Lotulelei, the Utes allow just 111.3 yards a game on the ground.