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Utah football notes: Huskies home, but away

Published November 6, 2012 6:46 pm

College football • Washington playing at Seahawks' stadium.
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The Washington Huskies have made themselves at home at Seattle's CenturyLink Field this year, sporting a 4-1 record in the stadium.

However, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday there is still no place like home. The Huskies are playing in the Seahawks' venue while their stadium is undergoing renovations that should be completed for the 2013 season.

"It has been a good experience for us, and to have the opportunity to play at a place like CenturyLink is awesome, but honestly we can't wait to get back to Husky Stadium because it is our home," Sarkisian said.

Among the Huskies' wins this year were victories over No. 8 Stanford and No. 7 Oregon State.

Sarkisian said he didn't think his team played any better in the downtown venue than Husky Stadium, noting the Huskies have a good record at home.

Washington's all-time record in its arena is 357-169-21.

Playing in a pro stadium won't be a totally new experience for the Utes. They have played regular-season games at Heinz Field against Pitt and in the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium against San Diego State in addition to several bowl games in NFL locales.

While the Utes say it matters little where they play, they said there is something different about playing in such a venue.

"I'm excited to play there," defensive end Joe Kruger said. "It's a cool experience."

Watch out for TE

The Utes have plenty of respect for Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins — a 6-foot-6, 266-pound sophomore who has 48 catches for 630 yards and four touchdowns this year.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said some of his skill on the basketball court has helped his game because he can catch the ball in traffic.

Seferian-Jenkins played in 17 games last year after the football season ended.

"He is a tremendous receiving tight end," Whittingham said. "Nobody has had a great answer for him."

Lacy back

Whittingham said cornerback Ryan Lacy, who sat out the Washington State game with an injury, is expected to play Saturday.

Lacy practiced and "should be good to go," Whittingham said.