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Utah football: Utes head to Oregon without QB Wilson

Starting quarterback stays home after suffering concussion.



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"We know they have a tough offense, but we have done a good job against the run," defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi said. "We’ll have our hands full, but we want to turn this season around and beating Oregon is the best way to do it."

Despite their three-game losing streak, the Utes have been encouraged by their play of late, with Whittingham noting the Utes have avoided the blowouts they suffered last year.

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6-foot-1, 205 pounds, So.

Hometown » Muskego, Wis.

Of note » Saturday will mark his first career start. … He has played in four games in his career, including three this year. … He was 12 of 23 for 142 yards and a touchdown in Utah’s loss at Arizona when he replaced injured Travis Wilson. … Originally walked onto the team. … Known to be a vocal leader with a strong arm.

Utah at No. 6 Oregon

At Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)

Kickoff » Saturday, 2 p.m. MT

TV » FOX Sports 1

Radio » 700 AM

Records » Utah (4-5, 1-5), Oregon (8-1, 5-1)

Series history » Oregon leads 18-8

Last meeting » Oregon won, 31-24

About the Utes » A loss would match Utah’s longest losing streak under coach Kyle Whittingham, when the Utes lost four in a row last season. … Utah leads the nation in sacks per game (3.67). … Utah is 4-10 against the Ducks in Eugene, with the last win coming in 1994, 34-16. … Running back Kelvin York is questionable for the game after injuring his knee against ASU.

About the Ducks » Are coming off a 26-20 loss to Stanford. … Quarterback Marcus Mariota is averaging 281.2 passing yards a game. … Bralon Addison is third nationally averaging 19.7 yards per punt return. … The Ducks are holding teams to 146.8 yards rushing.

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"We’ve been able to go toe-to-toe with a lot of teams but nobody cares about being close," Whittingham said. "Stanford was a big win, so there have been some positives and negatives, but the whole thing is you are who your record says you are, and right now we’re not good enough. We have to continue to find answers."

But now the Utes must find those answers without a veteran quarterback.

lwodraska@sltrib.com




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