Utah Utes football: Gameday glance vs. UCLA

Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 1:11 p.m. MDT

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs for a first down past California defensive back Michael Lowe (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. California won 43-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Utah (2-3, 0-2) at UCLA (4-2, 1-2)

SATURDAY, 1 p.m. MDT

Rose Bowl (91,500)

Grass, Pasadena, Calif.

TV: FOX

Radio: 700AM

Weather: 71 degrees, mostly sunny

thestakes

For Utah ... Like the Bruins, the Utes are trying to avoid a third loss in Pac-12 play. With a road game at Oregon State next week, a victory would be especially welcome.

For UCLA ... The Bruins are looking to regain lost momentum after falling from the top 25 last week. Another setback would put their division title hopes in jeopardy.

thetrends

For Utah ... The Utes have won the past two meetings — both at Rice-Eccles Stadium (2007, 2011) — by a combined score of 75-12. The Bruins, though, prevailed at the Rose Bowl in 2006 — winning handily, 31-10.

For UCLA ... Last week's 43-17 loss at California was a surprise after the Bruins opened the season with a 4-1 record under new coach Jim Mora. UCLA has won 16 straight when holding opponents under 20 points.

playertowatch

Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: The Pac-12's leading rusher (133.33 ypg) is reportedly "dinged up" with a bruised hand and a calf contusion.

keymatchup

UCLA's offense vs. Utah's defense: The Bruins are averaging 529 yards of total offense per game, 179 more than the Utes' defense is giving up after two uncharacteristically subpar outings.

injuryreport

Utah: OL Vyncent Jones (knee) will not play.

UCLA: WR Darius Bell (shoulder) will not play.

nextup

Utah visits Oregon State next Saturday, while UCLA has a bye. The Bruins return to action Oct. 27 at Arizona State.

schedule

Date...Opponent...Time/result

Aug. 30...N. Colorado...W, 41-0

Sept. 7...at Utah State...L, 27-20 (OT)

Sept. 15...BYU...W, 24-21

Sept. 22...at Arizona State...L, 37-7

Oct. 4...Southern Cal...L, 38-28

Oct. 13...at UCLA...1 p.m.Oct. 20...at Oregon State...8:30 p.m.

Oct. 27...California...TBA

Nov. 3...Washington St....TBA

Nov. 10...at Washington...TBA

No. 17...Arizona...TBA

Nov. 23...at Colorado...1 p.m.

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