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Some Notes on Utah
- The Utes' 18 penalties this season is tied for the fifth-fewest in the nation, but the Bears aren't far behind. Cal is 24th with 24, and opponents are averaging 7.4 and 71.2 penalty yards per game against the Bears.
- Utah has scored on 16-of-17 red zone opportunities this season with 12 touchdowns (71%) and five field goals … Utah’s best quarter is the third, where it has scored 49 points and relinquished just seven. The Bears also thrive in the third quarter, outscoring opponents 77-21, but over the last two games -- against Washington and Washington State -- Cal has only a 28-21 advantage.
- Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham had never lost a game that followed a bye week prior to entering the Pac-12, and is 8-4 overall after byes. This is the second week the Bears will be facing a team coming off a bye.
- The Utes' five touchdown passes at Oregon, which included a 25-yard passing touchdown by running back Devontae Booker (one of three different Utah players to throw a touchdown this season), ties for the most TD passes in a single game in the Pac-12 this season.
- Saturday's game will be the first on the new FieldTurf surface, installed at Rice-Eccles Stadium after the Utes' last home game on Sept. 11. It is the third FieldTurf installed at Rice-Eccles since 2002. The cork infill could cool the field by up to 35 degrees, compared to traditional sand/rubber systems.
- Utah will play in faux-back uniforms on Saturday. The interlocking UU logo on the helmet, the jerseys and the pants is from the 1960s. The font for the numbers is from the 1970s. The stripes on the jerseys were worn by the utes from the 1970s through the 1990s.
- The last time these two teams faced off, it was in Salt Lake City, where the Utes beat the Bears, 49-27. In that game, Keenan Allen was injured on an onside kick, ending his Cal career, though he became Cal's all-time leading receiver in that game, with his 205th career reception.
- In that game, Travis Wilson -- then a true freshman -- passed for 156 yards and rushed for a touchdown to pick up his first win as a starter.
- Last week against the Ducks, Wilson passed for 227 yards and four touchdowns, rushing for 100 yards and another score to take down the Ducks, 62-20. Wilson directed the Utes to scores on five straight drives to lift Utah to a 27-13 halftime lead, and then scored on the first four possessions after the break.
- Wilson has 30 career starts, and is 18-12 in his career, with 37 games played. Wilson is 51-of-75 (68.0%) this season, for 513 yards (4 touchdowns, 1 interception). He's fourth in the Pac-12 and 14th in the nation in completion percentage. He's also Utah's second-leading rusher with 200 yards on 23 carries (8.7 yards per carry).
- Most importantly for the Bears, Wilson has 106 rushing yards on third-down plays, which ranks 12th in the nation, and fifth among quarterbacks.
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