We still have that mentality that we should be undefeated and we should be in the playoffs and things like that. So every week we come out ready and prepared. And so whether it’s UCLA, Alabama, Florida, they’re going to get the best of what we’ve got. —Kenneth Scott
SALT LAKE CITY — As wide receiver Kenneth Scott walked off the field following Utah’s 28-27 loss to Washington State last Saturday, he noted that the defense held its ground and that the Utes’ offense needed to come back and do better.
On Wednesday, Scott offered a positive update.
“We fixed our mistakes and are making sure we’re polished up to go into UCLA and do our thing,” Scott said. “It was just a minor thing. If you put us out there on any other day those mistakes wouldn’t be there.”
Scott added that every once in a while things like that are going to happen.
“You’ve just got to come back stronger,” he said.
The first opportunity to do so comes Saturday at the Rose Bowl against No. 8 UCLA on ESPN.
“We still have that mentality that we should be undefeated and we should be in the playoffs and things like that. So every week we come out ready and prepared,” Scott said. “And so whether it’s UCLA, Alabama, Florida, they’re going to get the best of what we’ve got.”
WATCH OUT: In the wake of Utah’s loss to Washington State, kicker Andy Phillips predicts that some opponents may not give the Utes their complete attention over the coming weeks.
“I think a lot of teams are going to overlook us and it’s going to come around and bite them,” he said.
SPECIAL GAME: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson acknowledged that Saturday’s game is extra meaningful. On Sept. 8, 2013, his best friend Nick Pasquale, a UCLA wide receiver, was killed after being hit by a car in their hometown of San Clemente, California.
“This game does carry a little bit more meaning for me,” Wilson said. “But my big focus is just for this team to make sure we get a win and execute on offense.”
BOUNCING BACK : Defensive end Hunter Dimick credits head coach Kyle Whittingham for getting the Utes fired up again after the disappointing loss to Washington State.
“I feel like our coach has done a very good job of getting the morale back up, rallying the troops, and it’s on to the next one,” Dimick said.
EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham once again said that starting safety Tevin Carter, who did not play against Washington State, is expected to be ready this week. “That’s what we hope,” Whittingham added. ... Some of Utah’s coaches will be out recruiting at high school games in the Los Angeles area Friday night. ... The Utes are 0-6 against the Bruins in California.
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