John Fletcher
WYOMING (5-4, 2-3) at UTAH (6-3, 3-2)

Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-60s.

Today, 1:30 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017/FieldTurf) — Salt Lake City

Ticket information: Approximately 3,500 tickets remain in all price ranges

TV: CSTV (DirecTV Ch. 610, Dish Network Ch. 152, Comcast Ch. 269)

Radio: 700AM

PLAYER TO WATCH

JOHN FLETCHER, defensive tackle: The sophomore leads the Mountain West Conference and ranks 13th in the nation with eight sacks. He's one of 12 Cowboys to record sacks this season.

KEY MATCHUP

UTAH'S RUN GAME vs.WYOMING'S RUN DEFENSE: The Utes racked up 322 yards on the ground in their last outing. The Cowboys, however, defend the run extremely well, giving up just 100.9 yards per game.

THE STAKES

For Wyoming ... Bowl eligibility. The Cowboys are just one win away. After letting last week's game at San Diego State slip away, there's a sense of urgency.

For Utah ... The Utes have won five consecutive games and can lock up a winning season with a victory. The latter would almost certainly secure the program a bowl bid. Utah is also looking to avenge last year's 31-15 loss in Laramie.

THE TRENDS

For Wyoming ... The Cowboys have lacked consistency. They've lost three of four after opening the season 4-1. All three of the setbacks came in conference play — at home against New Mexico and on the road against Air Force and SDSU.

For Utah ... Numbers tell the story. The Utes are 6-0 when Darrell Mack rushes for 100 or more yards. They're 5-0 when QB Brian Johnson starts and finishes a game. Utah hasn't lost at home to Wyoming since a 43-29 setback in 1999.

THE EDGE

Wyoming will win if ... the Cowboys can keep Mack from gaining 100 yards — or so the stats indicate. Wyoming's run defense is No. 18 in the nation.

Utah will win if ... the streaking Utes can keep things rolling. They haven't lost since Sept. 22 against UNLV and are a perfect 6-0 when leading at halftime and after three quarters.

SCHEDULE

Date . . . . . Opponent . . . . . Result/Time (TV)

Aug. 30 . . . . . at Oregon St. . . . . . L, 24-7

Sept. 8 . . . . . Air Force . . . . . L, 20-12

Sept. 15 . . . . . UCLA . . . . . W, 44-6

Sept. 22 . . . . . at UNLV . . . . . L, 27-0

Sept. 29 . . . . . Utah St. . . . . . W, 34-18

Oct. 5 . . . . . at Louisville . . . . . W, 44-35

Oct. 13 . . . . . San Diego St. . . . . . W, 23-7

Oct. 18 . . . . . at TCU . . . . . W, 27-20

Oct. 27 . . . . . at Colorado St. . . . . . W, 27-3

Nov. 10 . . . . . Wyoming . . . . . 1:30 p.m. (CSTV)

Nov. 17 . . . . . New Mexico . . . . . 3:30 p.m. (MTN)

Nov. 24 . . . . . at BYU . . . . . Noon (CSTV/MTN)

All times Mountain

NEXT UP: New Mexico (6-3, 3-2) is at home against one-win Colorado St. today.

WYOMING

OFFENSE

WR . . . . . MICHAEL FORD, SR. . . . . . 8

Travis Burkhalter, Fr. . . . . . 11

WR . . . . . DAVID LEONARD, FR. . . . . . 33

Travis Burkhalter, Fr. . . . . . 11

WR . . . . . HOOST MARSH, SR. . . . . . 6

Kyle Jacobo, Jr. . . . . . 15

TE . . . . . JESSON SALYARDS, SO. . . . . . 85

Joe Evers, Fr. . . . . . 86

HB . . . . . WADE BETSCHART, SR. . . . . . 46

Greg Genho, So. . . . . . 42

LT . . . . . RYAN OTTERSON, SO. . . . . . 71

Nick Brousseau, Fr. . . . . . 78

LG . . . . . SAM STERNER, FR. . . . . . 75

Zack Kennedy, So. . . . . . 67

C . . . . . RUSS ARNOLD, SO. . . . . . 70

Eric Auflick, So. . . . . . 63

RG . . . . . ZACK KENNEDY, SO. . . . . . 67

Jack Tennant, Fr. . . . . . 57

RT . . . . . KYLE HOWARD, JR. . . . . . 76

Garrett King, Fr. . . . . . 61

QB . . . . . KARSTEN SWEEN, SO. . . . . . 16

Ian Hetrick, Jr. . . . . . 2

RB . . . . . DEVIN MOORE, JR. . . . . . 5

Wynel Seldon, Jr. . . . . . 31

PK . . . . . BILLY VINNEDGE, SR. . . . . . 25

Jake Scott, So. . . . . . 21

KR . . . . . TROY LEWIS, SR. . . . . . 3

HOOST MARSH, SR. . . . . . 6

Devin Moore, Jr. . . . . . 5

Chris Johnson, Jr. . . . . . 13

DEFENSE

DT . . . . . JOHN FLETCHER, SO. . . . . . 91

Danny Dutmer, Jr. . . . . . 48

NG . . . . . FRED GIVENS, SO. . . . . . 90

Ben Smith, So. . . . . . 92

DE . . . . . MITCH UNREIN, SO. . . . . . 98

Mike Neuhaus, So. . . . . . 47

OLB . . . . . SEAN CLAFFEY, SR. . . . . . 34

Jake Edmunds, Jr. . . . . . 54

ILB . . . . . LUKE CHASE, SR. . . . . . 53

John Prater, Sr. . . . . . 44

ILB . . . . . WARD DOBBS, JR. . . . . . 29

Brandon Haugen, Sr. . . . . . 51

OLB . . . . . BRANDON HAUGEN, SR. . . . . . 51

Mike Juergens, Jr. . . . . . 55

CB . . . . . MICHAEL MEDINA, SR. . . . . . 28

Keith Lewis, Fr. . . . . . 17

FS . . . . . QUINCY ROGERS, JR. . . . . . 1

Chris Prosinski, Fr. . . . . . 24

SS . . . . . MICHAEL RAY, JR. . . . . . 27

Derrick McMahen, Jr. . . . . . 23

CB . . . . . JULIUS STINSON, SR. . . . . . 20

Troy Lewis, Sr. . . . . . 3

P . . . . . BILLY VINNEDGE, SR. . . . . . 25

Nick Landress, Fr. . . . . . 40

PR . . . . . HOOST MARSH, SR. . . . . . 6

Troy Lewis, Sr. . . . . . 3

Devin Moore, Jr. . . . . . 5

WR Greg Bolling is expected to play. He's been out with an ankle injury since Oct. 20. Center Tim Bond is out with a knee injury

UTAH

OFFENSE

WR . . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . . 26

Freddie Brown, Jr. . . . . . 88

WR . . . . . MARQUIS WILSON, JR. . . . . . 2

Jereme Brooks, Fr. . . . . . 85

Elijah Wesson, So. . . . . . 8

WR . . . . . BRIAN HERNANDEZ, SR. . . . . . 16

Bradon Godfrey, Jr. . . . . . 81

TE . . . . . MATT SIMS, SR. . . . . . 48

Dallin Rogers, Fr. . . . . . 89

Colt Sampson, Jr. . . . . . 45

LT . . . . . ZANE BEADLES, SO. . . . . . 68

Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . . 71

LG . . . . . C. SCHLAUDERAUF, FR. . . . . . 72

Corey Seiuli, Jr. . . . . . 74

C . . . . . KYLE GUNTHER, SR. . . . . . 63

Tyler Williams, So. . . . . . 57

RG . . . . . ROBERT CONLEY, JR. . . . . . 66

Zane Taylor, Fr. . . . . . 77

RT . . . . . DUSTIN HENSEL, JR. . . . . . 65

Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . . 71

QB . . . . . BRIAN JOHNSON, JR. . . . . . 3

Tommy Grady, Sr. . . . . . 15

Corbin Louks, Fr. . . . . . 23

RB . . . . . DARRELL MACK, JR. . . . . . 6

Ray Stowers, Jr. . . . . . 24

PK . . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . . 35

Ben Vroman, So. . . . . . 30

JEREME BROOKS, FR. . . . . . 85

DEFENSE

LE . . . . . MARTAIL BURNETT, SR. . . . . . 93

Alex Puccinelli, Sr. . . . . . 13

DT . . . . . KOA MISI, SO. . . . . . 41

Casey Sutera, Sr. . . . . . 91

NT . . . . . GABE LONG, SR. . . . . . 94

Kenape Eliapo, So. . . . . . 92

RE . . . . . PAUL KRUGER, FR. . . . . . 11

Greg Newman, Jr. . . . . . 56

RLB . . . . . S. SYLVESTER, SO. . . . . . 10

Mike Wright, So. . . . . . 20

MLB . . . . . JOE JIANNONI, SR. . . . . . 44

Mike Wright, So. . . . . . 20

SLB . . . . . M. MOKOFISI, SR. . . . . . 22

Kepa Gaison, So. . . . . . 46

Nai Fotu, Fr. . . . . . 42

CB . . . . . SEAN SMITH, SO. . . . . . 4

Justin Jones, So. . . . . . 29

CB . . . . . BRICE MCCAIN, JR. . . . . . 1

R.J. Stanford, So. . . . . . 25

FS . . . . . ROBERT JOHNSON, SO. . . . . . 17

RJ Rice, Jr. . . . . . 7

SS . . . . . STEVE TATE, SR. . . . . . 28

Joe Dale, So. . . . . . 12

NB . . . . . R.J. STANFORD, SO. . . . . . 25

Terrell Cole, Jr. . . . . . 21

P . . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . . 35

Ben Vroman, So. . . . . . 30

PR . . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . . 26

Brian Hernandez, Sr. . . . . . 16

Marquis Wilson, Jr. . . . . . 2

Wide receivers Bradon Godfrey (bruised back) and Freddie Brown (concussion) are expected to be back in the rotation.