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Thanks in advance. FOOTBALL • In some fields, overtime earns you p... ESPN puts the football Utes No. 2 in its Pac-12 power rankings. The Runnin’ Utes have been picked as high as No. 2 in preseason Pac-12 polls. Utah’s nonrevenue team sports are, on the whole, trending upward in their fourth year in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences, and at the moment there’s not a whole heck of a lot for a Ute fan to complain about. I expect to see this reflected in my Twitter mentions this week. Thanks in advance. FOOTBALL • In some fields, overtime earns you p... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58538235@www.sltrib.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:34:02 MDT Utes in the NFL: Tenny Palepoi, Zane Beadles and Koa Misi appear on the rise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58539149-59/com-smith-twitter-loss.html.csp Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Seven: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Asiata again played second fiddle to Jerick McKinnon, rushing for 24 yards on six carries and catching one pass for 13 yards in a 17-16 loss to the Bills. The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that after Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had said Asiata would get more carries, instead, McKinnon seems to have the makings of a feature back going forward. Jacksonville offensive lineman Zane Bead... Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Seven: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Asiata again played second fiddle to Jerick McKinnon, rushing for 24 yards on six carries and catching one pass for 13 yards in a 17-16 loss to the Bills. The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that after Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had said Asiata would get more carries, instead, McKinnon seems to have the makings of a feature back going forward. Jacksonville offensive lineman Zane Bead... 58539149@www.sltrib.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:19:02 MDT Tough luck for the Beavers, but Stanford will have no sympathy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58531645-59/beavers-game-riley-wasn.html.csp CORVALLIS, Ore. • Mike Riley knew it wasn’t going to be easy to defeat the nation’s No. 20 team. “Every facet of our game had to be at a top level,” he said late Thursday. It wasn’t. Not until too late, at least. Oregon State could not stop Utah junior running back Devontae Booker when it most needed to, and the Beavers had no answer for Utah’s top-shelf pass rush, which recorded five sacks. Riley’s Beavers fell to 4-2 with the 29-23 double-overtime loss, and instead of a sympathy card they get ... CORVALLIS, Ore. • Mike Riley knew it wasn’t going to be easy to defeat the nation’s No. 20 team. “Every facet of our game had to be at a top level,” he said late Thursday. It wasn’t. Not until too late, at least. Oregon State could not stop Utah junior running back Devontae Booker when it most needed to, and the Beavers had no answer for Utah’s top-shelf pass rush, which recorded five sacks. Riley’s Beavers fell to 4-2 with the 29-23 double-overtime loss, and instead of a sympathy card they get ... 58531645@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:21:01 MDT Utes joyous at unveiling of black and chrome helmet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58535599-59/helmet-black-com-matthew.html.csp Nothing excites a football team like winning in double overtime in a hostile road environment. Except, perhaps, new helmets. As you’ll see in the above video, the hooting and hollering at Saturday’s black helmet unveil rivals that from the visitor’s locker room after Thursday night’s win against Oregon State. Utah’s old matte black helmets featured a smaller drum and feather sticker, available in red or white, while the latest version is much larger, two-toned and chrome. (In case you’re worried... Nothing excites a football team like winning in double overtime in a hostile road environment. Except, perhaps, new helmets. As you’ll see in the above video, the hooting and hollering at Saturday’s black helmet unveil rivals that from the visitor’s locker room after Thursday night’s win against Oregon State. Utah’s old matte black helmets featured a smaller drum and feather sticker, available in red or white, while the latest version is much larger, two-toned and chrome. (In case you’re worried... 58535599@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:54:36 MDT Utah’s volleyball team welcomes Cal, No. 1 Stanford to newly renovated Huntsman Center http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58533498-59/cal-launiere-matthew-piper.html.csp It’s a classy upgrade for a classic venue, said Utah volleyball coach Beth Launiere. Launiere’s team will christen the new court at the renovated Huntsman Center tonight by hosting Cal (5 p.m.) in what doubles as a formal unveiling and a must-win match for the struggling Utes ahead of No. 1 Stanford on Sunday (2 p.m.). The cloud is gone, the sound and lighting systems are new, and giant black curtains can be drawn to close off the upper bowl and create a more intimate feel. For volleyball player... It’s a classy upgrade for a classic venue, said Utah volleyball coach Beth Launiere. Launiere’s team will christen the new court at the renovated Huntsman Center tonight by hosting Cal (5 p.m.) in what doubles as a formal unveiling and a must-win match for the struggling Utes ahead of No. 1 Stanford on Sunday (2 p.m.). The cloud is gone, the sound and lighting systems are new, and giant black curtains can be drawn to close off the upper bowl and create a more intimate feel. For volleyball player... 58533498@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:34:01 MDT Utah football: Defense starts, finishes strong in double-overtime http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58531616-59/defense-mannion-overtime-utah.html.csp Corvallis, Ore. • At the start of second overtime, the referee asked Nate Orchard what he wanted. He didn't hesitate. "Defense." The senior captain and defensive end voice had assurance. He didn't sound like he was putting pressure on a defense that had given up 17 points and 207 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. "We just knew right away we would stop them," he said. Really? He knew? Whether it was premonition or just a gut feeling, Orchard was correct. Oregon State managed one positive ... Corvallis, Ore. • At the start of second overtime, the referee asked Nate Orchard what he wanted. He didn't hesitate. "Defense." The senior captain and defensive end voice had assurance. He didn't sound like he was putting pressure on a defense that had given up 17 points and 207 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. "We just knew right away we would stop them," he said. Really? He knew? Whether it was premonition or just a gut feeling, Orchard was correct. Oregon State managed one positive ... 58531616@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:33:46 MDT Utah football: Safety Tevin Carter will not play vs. Oregon State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58529085-59/carter-game-oregon-utes.html.csp Junior safety Tevin Carter, whose status for tonight’s game against Oregon State was “up in the air,” according to coach Kyle Whittingham, will not play. Carter indicated Thursday that he did not make the trip with the Utes to Corvallis, Oregon, tweeting: “Love my team wish I could be there but I know they gone [sic] go in today!” After picking off a pass in the Utes’ last game, against UCLA, Carter subsequently exited with an undisclosed injury and did not return. While Whittingham said last we... Junior safety Tevin Carter, whose status for tonight’s game against Oregon State was “up in the air,” according to coach Kyle Whittingham, will not play. Carter indicated Thursday that he did not make the trip with the Utes to Corvallis, Oregon, tweeting: “Love my team wish I could be there but I know they gone [sic] go in today!” After picking off a pass in the Utes’ last game, against UCLA, Carter subsequently exited with an undisclosed injury and did not return. While Whittingham said last we... 58529085@www.sltrib.com Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:58:27 MDT Everything you cared to know (and probably more) about Utah at Oregon State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58527044-59/utah-sltrib-state-oregon.html.csp After a plucky victory in the Rose Bowl, it doesn’t matter that the Utes haven’t beaten Oregon State in Corvallis since joining the Pac-12, or that they’ve only once won consecutive Pac-12 road games, or that they’ve never had a winning Pac-12 record. They’re favorites in spite of all that. The No. 20 Utes have risen higher in the nation’s estimation than they did after beating No. 5 Stanford last season, or after winning five of their last six to end their debut Pac-12 campaign. Thursday night,... After a plucky victory in the Rose Bowl, it doesn’t matter that the Utes haven’t beaten Oregon State in Corvallis since joining the Pac-12, or that they’ve only once won consecutive Pac-12 road games, or that they’ve never had a winning Pac-12 record. They’re favorites in spite of all that. The No. 20 Utes have risen higher in the nation’s estimation than they did after beating No. 5 Stanford last season, or after winning five of their last six to end their debut Pac-12 campaign. Thursday night,... 58527044@www.sltrib.com Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:33:10 MDT ESPN names Utes punter Tom Hackett 'midseason' All-American http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58521943-59/hackett-utah-special-teams.html.csp No one truly loves to see their punter come out on the field, but Tom Hackett may offer the nation's best consolation prize for a stalled drive. The Utah junior is one of ESPN.com's Midseason All-Americans, not an official honor but more of a signpost of how the Australian born specialist is faring this year: well. Here's Hackett's capsule from the story: The Pac-12's punting leader averages 48 yards per kick (second nationally) for the Utes -- who have allowed a total of only 23 punt return ya... No one truly loves to see their punter come out on the field, but Tom Hackett may offer the nation's best consolation prize for a stalled drive. The Utah junior is one of ESPN.com's Midseason All-Americans, not an official honor but more of a signpost of how the Australian born specialist is faring this year: well. Here's Hackett's capsule from the story: The Pac-12's punting leader averages 48 yards per kick (second nationally) for the Utes -- who have allowed a total of only 23 punt return ya... 58521943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:58:02 MDT Utah football: Scouting Oregon State with beat writer Connor Letourneau http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58520681-59/osu-beavers-game-state.html.csp Sean Mannion is no mystery. The Utes remember his arm plenty well, with a certain amount of wincing. Oregon State, on the other hand, has some questions to answer, even with five games under its belt. At 4-1, the Beavers might be on the shakiest ground of any Pac-12 one-loss team. Mannion's numbers are down, his receivers and line is inexperienced, the defense has had a few up-and-down weeks. Aside from Mike Riley and his stone-set ways, it's somewhat hard to predict for outsiders what the... Sean Mannion is no mystery. The Utes remember his arm plenty well, with a certain amount of wincing. Oregon State, on the other hand, has some questions to answer, even with five games under its belt. At 4-1, the Beavers might be on the shakiest ground of any Pac-12 one-loss team. Mannion's numbers are down, his receivers and line is inexperienced, the defense has had a few up-and-down weeks. Aside from Mike Riley and his stone-set ways, it's somewhat hard to predict for outsiders what the... 58520681@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:42:06 MDT Oregon State's Mike Riley ready for Utes' starting quarterback (whoever it is) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58521219-59/riley-mannion-quarterback-utes.html.csp There's no guess work involved here: Mike Riley will be prepared for the Utes' starting quarterback on Thursday night. That's because Oregon State is preparing for both. If Utah won't name a starter, he won't take a chance. "Obviously we have to prepare for both if they're not going to name the starter," Riley said during Tuesday's Pac-12 conference call. "They certainly have two very good players to pick from. We played against Travis [Wilson] last year, and he gave us all sorts of fits. The ne... There's no guess work involved here: Mike Riley will be prepared for the Utes' starting quarterback on Thursday night. That's because Oregon State is preparing for both. If Utah won't name a starter, he won't take a chance. "Obviously we have to prepare for both if they're not going to name the starter," Riley said during Tuesday's Pac-12 conference call. "They certainly have two very good players to pick from. We played against Travis [Wilson] last year, and he gave us all sorts of fits. The ne... 58521219@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:33:02 MDT Utah football notes: Tevin Carter 'up in the air' for Oregon State, plus more (with video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58518193-59/game-whittingham-carter-norris.html.csp Going against a quarterback who will almost certainly one day be the most prolific passer the Pac-12 has ever seen, the Utes would like to be full strength for Thursday's game against Oregon State. It would be a huge boost to have Tevin Carter, who exited the UCLA game early after picking off Brett Hundley for six. He also missed the game against Washington State, and the limbo of his health status has become a popular topic at press conferences. Will he be ready to go against Sean Mannion and t... Going against a quarterback who will almost certainly one day be the most prolific passer the Pac-12 has ever seen, the Utes would like to be full strength for Thursday's game against Oregon State. It would be a huge boost to have Tevin Carter, who exited the UCLA game early after picking off Brett Hundley for six. He also missed the game against Washington State, and the limbo of his health status has become a popular topic at press conferences. Will he be ready to go against Sean Mannion and t... 58518193@www.sltrib.com Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:12:02 MDT Utah football: Late kick, Blackout promotion for USC game Oct. 25 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58517521-59/utah-game-twitter-com.html.csp Utah's home game against USC has a time and a theme: When darkness falls. The Utes will kick off against the Trojans at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Utah's first home game in nearly a month. To welcome in a potential Top-25 team, Utah will have a home blackout game, encouraging fans to where all-black gear for the contest. The Utes have had a good deal of success in blackout games in the Pac-12 era, scoring wins over Oregon State and Cal, respectively, in 2011 and 2012. Last year, t... Utah's home game against USC has a time and a theme: When darkness falls. The Utes will kick off against the Trojans at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Utah's first home game in nearly a month. To welcome in a potential Top-25 team, Utah will have a home blackout game, encouraging fans to where all-black gear for the contest. The Utes have had a good deal of success in blackout games in the Pac-12 era, scoring wins over Oregon State and Cal, respectively, in 2011 and 2012. Last year, t... 58517521@www.sltrib.com Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:00:03 MDT Utewrap: Bye week boomers, Runnins’ return and Pac-12 pains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58514893-59/utah-sltrib-deck-utes.html.csp What’s with the increasing prevalence of breakfast potatoes over shredded hash browns? Does anybody prefer breakfast potatoes? Are they easier to make? Were shredded hash browns imported from some recently embargoed nation? No. Shredded hash browns are better than breakfast potatoes in every way, and so I’m forced to blame Pac-12 referees. Now onto the week in Utah sports: FOOTBALL • Utah played nobody and, following a couple more topsy-turvy results, actually moved up in the national rankin... What’s with the increasing prevalence of breakfast potatoes over shredded hash browns? Does anybody prefer breakfast potatoes? Are they easier to make? Were shredded hash browns imported from some recently embargoed nation? No. Shredded hash browns are better than breakfast potatoes in every way, and so I’m forced to blame Pac-12 referees. Now onto the week in Utah sports: FOOTBALL • Utah played nobody and, following a couple more topsy-turvy results, actually moved up in the national rankin... 58514893@www.sltrib.com Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:14:02 MDT