Michelle Tessier, Deseret News
The Utah Utes gear up for Washington State on Saturday.

The Utah Utes host Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. Here's a recap of everything leading up to game day that you may have missed:


Utah quarterback Travis Wilson wearing his toughness on his face

Wilson acknowledged it was the worst hit he has taken in his career. Landing on his head in the wake of last seasons discovery of an intracranial artery injury made things especially scary.


Dirk Facer tell us what to look for as Utes open Pac-12 play against Washington State

Deseret News beat writer Dirk Facer answers questions about the Utah defense, Travis Wilson's injury scare and status for the game, how the Utes will defend the pass-happy Cougars, as well as the mutual respect between coaches Kyle Whittingham and Mike Leach.

Wilson shows warrior mentality in comeback

The most dramatic moment for the Utah offense came in the second quarter when quarterback Travis Wilson tumbled headfirst onto the turf and was forced to make an early exit to the locker room. The play has come to be known within the program this week as simply the hit.


Utes gearing up to take on nation's top passing team

Talk about a test. Utahs new faster-paced offense may have to kick into a new gear when the nations top passing attack rolls into Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday night. Washington State and senior quarterback Connor Halliday come to town with a scheme averaging 496.8 yards in the air.

Utes eager to turn their Pac-12 decline around

Utah footballs declining Pac-12 win total resembles a countdown, of sorts.

Its a situation the Utes would obviously like to reverse (and then some) this season. The first step comes Saturday in the conference opener against Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium.


Utah football notes: Starting cornerbacks transitioning well for the Utes

Eric Rowe and Dominique Hatfield have transformed into starting cornerbacks for the Utah Utes. Prior to this season, Rowe was a three-year starter at safety and Hatfields collegiate experience was limited to wide receiver and special teams.

Brad Rock: Utah's Dres Anderson is free as a bird

Dres Anderson has always been a free spirit, but never more than this year. He maintains the exuberant attitude he brought to the University of Utah five seasons ago. But now he has the space to let it roam.

Mike Leach, the most interesting man in college football

The life story of the Washington State football coach has been well-chronicled how he never played college football, went on to earn a law degree as well as a master's degree and then decided to start from ground zero and pursue his real passion of coaching football and became one of the great innovative minds of offensive football.

Utah enemy camp: 5 questions with a Washington State beat writer

In preparation for the matchup, the Deseret News caught up with Britton Ransford a publisher at WazzuWatch.com of Yahoo! Sports rivals network to get the inside scoop on the Cougars.