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But even with the disappointments, co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson believes the Utes made some headway and have a good foundation for the future.

"It was a tough year here, but we’ll get it done," he said. "We weren’t as consistent as we would have liked to have been or should have been, but we will get that corrected."

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Colorado at Utah

At Rice-EcclesStadium

Saturday, Noon

TV » Pac-12 Network

Radio » 700 AM

Records » Utah 4-7, 1-7; Colorado 4-7, 1-7

Series history » Colorado leads 31-25-3

Last meeting » Utah won 42-35, Nov. 23, 2012

About the Utes » The Utes’ five-game losing streak is the longest since losing six in a row in 2002. ... Receiver Dres Anderson needs 92 yards to become the seventh player to reach 1,000 receiving yards. ... Utah will honor its 19 seniors in a pregame ceremony. ... Utah ranks second nationally in sacks with 36.

About the Buffaloes » Have equaled the numbers of games won (4) this year than in the past two seasons combined. ... Receiver Paul Richardson is averaging 117.2 yards a game. ... Their defense is one of the worst in the country, giving up 475.3 yards per game. ... Greg Henderson is ranked 10th in the Pac-12, averaging 0.4 interceptions a game.

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All the issues will be addressed soon enough, Whittingham said.

For now, Utah’s focus remains on closing out the season on a positive note. It would be one of the few positives this season in what Whittingham termed an even more frustrating season than 2012.

"All you can do is keep working and keep searching for answers and keep trying to get things headed back in the right direction," he said.

lwodraska@sltrib.com




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