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BYU, Utah Utes football: Game day

Published: Saturday, Sept. 17 2011 12:29 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps (9)throws  during  the Cougar season opener with Ole Miss  in Oxford, Miss  Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps (9)throws during the Cougar season opener with Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

BYU (1-1) vs. Utah (1-1)

Today, 7:15 p.m.

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Provo, Utah

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 102.7 FM, 1160 AM, 700 AM

Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70s

The stakes

For Utah ... The Utes have won two of the past four games against BYU in Provo. The last victory, however, was a 41-34 overtime decision in 2005.

For BYU ... The Cougars are seeking a second win this season over a team from a BCS conference, something they've done only six times since 1984.

The trends

Utah Utes quarterback Jordan Wynn (3) scrambles during the Utes' season-opener at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes quarterback Jordan Wynn (3) scrambles during the Utes' season-opener at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

For Utah ... The Utes are trying to avoid having a losing record for the first time since sporting a 2-3 mark before a 44-35 victory at Louisville on Oct. 5, 2007.

For BYU ... The Cougars have posted first-quarter shutouts in seven of their past eight games. The exception? A field goal by UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.

Players to watch

Jordan Wynn, Utah quarterback: Questions about his surgically repaired shoulder linger after passing for only 339 yards in first two games of the season.

Jake Heaps, BYU quarterback: The highly touted sophomore is off to a slow start with more interceptions (three) than touchdown passes (two) after two games.

Key coaches

Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow and BYU OC Brandon Doman: Neither has been able to ignite their offenses since taking over this season. Will one of them have a breakthrough in the Rivalry Game?

Injury report

Utah: RB Tauni Vakapuna (ankle) and FB Shawn Asiata (hamstring) are expected to play after being sidelined last week.

BYU: LB Brandon Ogletree (concussion), S Mike Hague (cracked ribs) and LB Jordan Pendleton (ankle) are expected to play.

Utah results

Sept. 1: Utah vs. Mont.St. W, 27-10

Sept. 10: Utah vs. USC L, 23-14

BYU results

Sept. 3: BYU at Ole Miss W, 14-13

Sept. 10: BYU at Texas L,17-16

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