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Utah Utes football notebook: Jordan Wynn's status doesn't look good, Kyle Whittingham says

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 10:07 a.m. MDT

Utah Utes quarterback Jon Hays tries to go over Washington Huskies linebacker Cort Dennison during Saturday's game.   (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes quarterback Jon Hays tries to go over Washington Huskies linebacker Cort Dennison during Saturday's game. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Few knew until No. 9 jogged on to the field for Utah's first series of the second half, that Ute starting quarterback Jordan Wynn was injured.

On one of the last offensive plays of the first half, Wynn injured his left shoulder and it felt worse during halftime. When he couldn't take a snap in second-half warmups without pain, he had to be replaced by Jon Hays, a junior college transfer who has seen limited action this year.

Hays completed 10 of 16 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown, mostly in the final minutes when the score was already 31-7, but also had an interception and a fumble earlier.

"He got put in a tough spot, in a situation where he was playing against a pretty good defense," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "Other than the turnovers I thought he made some pretty good throws."

Wynn, who had surgery last December on his right shoulder, now has another bad shoulder and his status for future games is up in the air. But it doesn't look good, according to Whittingham.

"We'll know more tomorrow and a lot more Monday, but it doesn't look good," Whittingham said.

BYE, BYE: Utah dropped to 6-1 under Whittingham in games following a bye.

"I guess that's over," Whittingham said in response to question. "It's over. It's over. It's in the rear-view mirror."

One streak continued, however.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has won two straight in Salt Lake City following a Utah bye week. Besides Saturday's win, he quarterbacked BYU to a victory here in 1996.

FROM RED TO PURPLE: The man in the purple shirt and blue jeans looked familiar as he made his way down to the field after Washington's 31-14 win Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Wasn't he the same guy who was wearing red in the press box of the same stadium 15 months earlier when the Utah was welcomed into the Pac-12 Conference?

Indeed, it was the same Michael Young.

Only now Young is the president of the University of Washington, having left the same post at Utah a few months ago.

When asked about the purple shirt with "Washington" on the front, he joked, "It was the only clean one in my closet."

When asked if he had any trouble cheering for the Huskies after many years as a Ute, he said, "If any team had to beat Washington it would be Utah. But I'm a Husky now."

BIG CROWD: The announced attendance to Utah's inaugural Pac-12 home game was 45,412, the 12th-largest in Rice-Eccles Stadium history — taking its place between the Texas A&M contest in 2004 (45,419) and Utah State's visit in 2009 (45,333).

STATS-N-STUFF: Senior linebacker J.J. Williams recorded his first interception since 2006 as a true freshman. He later served an LDS Church mission before battling a foot injury upon his return. ... DeVonte Christopher recorded his fifth 100-yard receiving game, finishing with a 125 on five receptions. ... Linebackers Brian Blechen and Chaz Walker each topped the team with 12 tackles. ... The Utes finished with just 17 yards on the ground. ... Quade Chappis, Karl Williams and Latu Heimuli made their first career starts.

TEAM DOWN SOUTH: When asked about BYU and its appeal to conferences looking to expand, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott gave a positive review.

"Certainly. They're an attractive school and we looked at them last year as well," he said. "So I'm sure they would be attractive to any conference I know."

Scott added that he knows the West Coast Conference is happy to have BYU in sports other than football.

EXTRA POINTS: Washington remains the only Pac-12 team that Utah has never defeated. The Huskies are 7-0 all-times against the Utes after their first visit to Salt Lake City. ... Utah sported an unusual uniform combination of red jerseys and black pants. ... Libby Wright and Carlos Clayton from the Tournament of Roses committee attended the game, as did a scout from the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

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