The basics

No. 22 Utah (9-3, 6-3) vs. BYU (9-3)

SATURDAY, Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m. MST

Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800)

FieldTurf

TV: ABC

Radio: 102.7 FM, 1160 AM, 700 AM

Tickets: Las Vegas Bowl tickets

How to get to the game: parking information.

Weather: Sunshine with temperatures in the high-50s.


The stakes

For Utah: The Utes are trying to finish with double-digit victories for the first time since they entered the Pac-12, and a win would keep Utah in the final rankings.

For BYU: The Cougars will try to give Bronco Mendenhall the 100th victory in his BYU career in his curtain call as the team's head coach.


The trends

Utah: This will be Utah’s fifth appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes most recently topped Colorado State 45-10 in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl and hold a 3-1 record.

BYU: The Cougars head to the Las Vegas Bowl for their sixth time, with a 3-2 record. BYU’s last appearance at the bowl resulted in a 44-20 win over Oregon State back in 2009.


Road to victory

Utah will win if ... The Utes can find enough offense. With running back Devontae Booker out for the year, Utah will need to find points in creative ways with their key producer out.

BYU will win if ... The Cougars can force and capitalize on turnovers. BYU has scored more than 20 points just once in its four-game losing streak to Utah, and the Cougar defense will need to help put the offense in favorable positions.


Players to watch

Joe Williams, Utah, running back: Williams has rushed for 308 yards in the past two games in relief of the injured Booker. He will need another strong performance against the Cougars.

Bronson Kaufusi, BYU, defensive end: Kaufusi was on a disruptive force in the back half of the regular season, recording 32 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three blocked kicks. The Cougars would benefit greatly from another big outing from the senior.


Key matchup

BYU OFFENSIVE LINE VS. DEFENSIVE LINE: The Cougars will need to get their run game going to help Tanner Mangum and the passing game. The Utes' defensive line will provide a tough matchup for the BYU offensive line, as the Utes rank sixth in rush defense, giving up 111.75 yards per game on the ground.


Injury report

Utah: WR Kenneth Scott went down with an apparent leg injury against Colorado in the regular-season finale against Colorado, while WR Britain Covey missed the game against the Buffaloes. S Tevin Carter returned to action against Colorado.

BYU: RB Adam Hine (ankle) continues to be hampered by his injury that occurred a month into the season.


Utah schedule

Sept. 3 — MICHIGAN, Won 24-17

Sept. 11 — UTAH STATE, Won 24-14

Sept. 19 — at Fresno State, Won 45-24

Sept. 26 — at Oregon, Won 62-20

Oct. 10 — CALIFORNIA, Won 30-24

Oct. 17 — ARIZONA STATE, Won 34-18

Oct. 24 — at USC, Lost 42-24

Oct. 31 — OREGON STATE, Won 27-12

Nov. 7 — at Washington, Won 34-23

Nov. 14 — at Arizona, Lost 37-30 (2OT)

Nov. 21 — UCLA, Lost 17-9

Nov. 28 — COLORADO, Won 20-14

All times Mountain


BYU schedule

Sept. 5 — at Nebraska, Won 33-28

Sept. 12 — BOISE STATE 35-24

Sept. 19 — at UCLA, Lost 24-23

Sept. 26 — at Michigan, Lost 31-0

Oct. 2 — CONNECTICUT, Won 30-13

Oct. 10 — EAST CAROLINA, WON 45-38

Oct. 16 — CINCINNATI, Won 38-24

Oct. 24 — WAGNER, WON 70-6

Nov. 6 — at San Jose, Won 17-16

Nov. 14 — at Missouri, Lost, 20-16

Nov. 21 — FRESNO STATE, Won 52-10

Nov. 28 — at Utah State, Won 51-28

All times Mountain