Tom Smart, Deseret News
Utah Utes running back John White (15) as the Univeristy of Utah and Arizona State University play PAC 12 football Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tempe, Arizona.

Utah (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) at No. 8 Oregon St. (5-0, 3-0)

Tonight, 8:30 p.m.

Reser Stadium (45,674)

Turf field, Corvallis, Ore.


Radio: 700AM

Weather: 53 degrees, scattered showers

The stakes



For Utah ... Putting an end to a three-game losing streak tops the list. The Utes are in dire need of a win and could use a boost in their pursuit of a bowl bid. Another loss would make things much more difficult.

For Oregon State ... The Beavers are seeking their first 6-0 start to a season since 1907. They're also looking to remain in the AP Top 25 for a fifth straight week — something the program hasn't done since 2000.

The trends

For Utah ... The Utes have struggled in Pac-12 play since joining the conference last year. They're just 4-8 in league games. A loss to OSU would give them a second consecutive 0-4 Pac-12 start.

For Oregon State ... After winning their first three games by a combined margin of 13 points, the Beavers have prevailed in their past two outings by scores of 19-6 (Washington State) and 42-24 (BYU).

Player to watch

John White, Utah: The senior is supposed to get more touches this week after getting just 11 carries against UCLA. The Utes are 9-0 when the running back rushes for 100 yards.

Key matchup

Utah's secondary vs. OSU QB Cody Vaz: The reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, who threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns last week against BYU, faces a Ute defense with just two interceptions this season.

Injury report

Utah: OL Vyncent Jones (knee) will be available after missing two games. Safety Quade Chappuis (shoulder) is not expected to play.

Oregon State: QB Sean Mannion (knee) will dress and be available for back-up duty.

Next up

Both teams return to action next Saturday. Utah plays host to California, while Oregon State travels to Washington.


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. . .L, 21-14

Oct. 20. . .at Oregon State. . .8:30 p.m.

Oct. 27. . .California. . .7:45 p.m.

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

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

Nov. 17. . .Arizona. . .TBA

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