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Last Updated Dec 19, 2014 05:09PM

Las Vegas • Saturday, at Sam Boyd Stadium, a stoppable force meets a movable object. It's as much a key to the game's outcome as any other. Utah's offense has, in fact, improved of late, averaging 378 yards in final …

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  • Utah's Dakarai Tucker (14) tries to steal the ball from Kansas' Perry Ellis (34) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah basketball: Utes aim to get back to winning against UNLV
    Las Vegas • There will be bigger games than this on the MGM Grand Garden Arena Court for Utah. At least, that’s the hope. The No. 14 Runnin’ Utes (7-2...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
    The Utah bench celebrates a teammate's basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah basketball game guide: No. 14 Utes will be Runnin' with Rebels at MGM Grand
    So it may have second billing to a football game, but Saturday night's hoops contest should be fun in its own right, too. Actually, define “fun.” A hi...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

 Ute running back Devontae Booker (23) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, in Pac-12 football action, Utah vs. Oregon game, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Monson: Here’s why the Utes must win the Vegas Bowl
    Perception is nowhere near as important to Utah football as it once was. It’s significant mostly at the highest reaches of the college game, if the Ut...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:34 am   |     |   Share
  • PAC 12
    Pac-12 pick: Utah over Colorado State
    It will be very tempting to pick all eight Pac-12 teams to win their bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals. Conference members...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:21 am   |     |   Share

    Colorado State mascot Cam the Ram, left, celebrates with running back Dee Hart after Hart scored six touchdowns against New Mexico in Colorado State's 58-20 victory in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Game guide: Utes hope to regain bowl momentum, but beating the 10-2 Rams is no cinch
    Las Vegas • For a decade, Utah won bowl games like no other. The school’s nine-game win streak from 1999 to 2009 was the second-longest in NCAA histor...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:03 am   |     |   Share
  • R. Marsh Starks  |  Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Utah senior tight end Westlee Tonga speaks to a reporter Wednesday night on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Utah football: Las Vegas bowl offers both teams a chance to try their luck
    Las Vegas • As a potential NFL Draft pick, risk is relative for Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson. Not many players in Saturday’s Las Vegas ...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:02 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah gymnastics: Utes picked to repeat as Pac-12 champs
    Utah's gymnastics team, which claimed the school's first Pac-12 title last season, is picked to repeat as champion in the Pac-12 coaches' preseason po...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
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Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl cheerleaders pose with the championship trophy. Utah football: National media picks favor Utes in Las Vegas Bowl
    It's just under two days away from the Las Vegas Bowl and the end of Utah's football season. If you haven't been following Matthew Piper's coverage fr...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah's Nate Orchard, second from left, practices with his team Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah is scheduled to play Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher) Utah football bowl notes: For tight end Westlee Tonga, a free Vegas honeymoon
    Las Vegas • Many Utes traveled down the I-15 by bus, stopping in St. George at a Chick-fil-A before arriving at the gold-leaf Mandalay Bay late Tuesda...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:03 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Ute Kaelin Clay poses for a portrait after a practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium Tuesday September 2, 2014. Utah football: More All America honors for Hackett, Orchard, Clay
    Tom Hackett, Nate Orchard and Kaelin Clay continue to make the cut for All America lists following the Utes' 8-4 season. Hackett and Orchard were name...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes forward Brekkott Chapman (0) is fouled as the University of Utah Utes host the UT Pan American Broncs, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Wednesday November 26, 2014. Utah basketball: Brekkott Chapman relishing his supporting role
    Crowds now have to wait a few minutes to see him, but when Brekkott Chapman comes off the bench, he usually has a few good plays ahead. Playing at a p...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah football: ‘Interim’ CSU coach Dave Baldwin hopes opportunity isn’t fleeting
    Las Vegas • Colorado State coordinator Dave Baldwin called the plays for an offense that registered nearly 500 yards per game. He helped groom quarter...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 22, 2014. Arizona Wildcats defeated Utah Utes 42-10. Kragthorpe: Is first bowl start the ending for Ute QB Travis Wilson?
    Utah’s most successful football season in the school’s Pac-12 era will end Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. Colorado State, with one more chance for...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah fans stand up and cheer as the Utes take an 11-point lead over the Wichita State Shockers, college basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 3, 2014. Utah basketball: Finals-focused week for Runnin' Utes
    Before he takes the court on Saturday against UNLV, Delon Wright will have one of the season's biggest accomplishments under his belt. He'll be done h...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham pleads with the officials, after they rule that a roughing the kicker penalty will give UCLA a second chance to win the game, with no time remaining, in Pac 12 action Utah vs UCLA, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Saturday, October 4, 2014 Utah football: Once David, Utes now play role of Goliath in Vegas Bowl
    Kyle Whittingham wanted a graveyard. Each time the Utes beat a BCS opponent at Rice-Eccles Stadium, he would add a tombstone, or so he pitched to Crim...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah DE Nate Orchard could not get past the Washington State offensive line on this play that went for an 81 yard completion for a TD to give Wash. State the lead at 28-27. Utah lost 28-27 to Washington State, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Utes around the web: Nate Orchard wins Morris Trophy, Delon Wright gets praise, plus more
    The Internet is vast, dark and deep. How is one supposed to mine the stories on the Utah Utes from all that information? By reading this list, that's ...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah's Tom Hackett stands with his trophy after being awarded the Ray Guy Award as the college punter of the year at the College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Utah football: Tom Hackett, Nate Orchard earn AP All-America honors
    The Utah football team went 8-4 this season on the strength of special teams and defense, and on Tuesday morning, leaders from each of those units wer...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 11:45 am   |     |   Share
    Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, left, hauls in a pass under pressure from San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Utes in the NFL: Kruger gets 10th sack, Siliga earns plaudits for attitude, Weddle Claus
    Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Fifteen: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Starting for the third straight g...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) faces a group of BYU defenders as BYU hosts Utah, college basketball at the Marriott Center in Provo, Wednesday December 10, 2014. Utah basketball: Delon Wright is Pac-12 player of the week
    The Runnin' Utes split a big-name bill last week, winning in Provo but falling in Kansas City. But in both games, Delon Wright's stellar play was a co...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy Sean Abid)

Utah left tackle Jeremiah Poutasi and Sean Abid, Poutasi's high school counselor, met up after Utah beat USC 24-21 in late October. Utah football: Las Vegas will be familiar turf for a handful of Ute players
    Jeremiah Poutasi was undaunted by Pac-12 edge rushers, allowing just three sacks in 846 snaps during the regular season, and he’s typically a cool cus...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas' Perry Ellis (34) is fouled by Utah's Jakob Poeltl during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah basketball: Utes could change starting lineup (with video)
    It was just one minute. One minute and nine seconds, actually. The Utes figured it was safe for Delon Wright to take a quick break. In that short brea...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:08 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

University of Utah women's basketball head coach Anthony Levrets holds his head in is hands in disbelief after a call went against the Utes during the Utah versus Idaho State women's basketball game at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Utewrap: Utah standouts attract national attention, accolades
    Wrapping up the past week in Utah sports, from Dec. 8 to Dec. 14. MEN’S BASKETBALL (No. 14) • With two games remaining on Utah’s brutal non conferen...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 01:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah gymnastics: Utes ranked 6th in preseason poll
    Utah's gymnasts aren't the only ones believing they have what it takes to get back to the Super Six in 2015. Apparently most of the coaches believe i...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • From left, Utah defensive back Eric Rowe celebrates with defensive back Dominique Hatfield after Hatfield returned an interception for touchdown as linebackers Jason Whittingham and Jared Norris look on in the fourth quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah football notes: ’Tis the season for getting — bowl gifts, that is
    Dennis Erickson has no use for a recliner, or a TV, or a camera. Utah’s running backs coach has received more bowl game gifts than he can count on two...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 01:51 pm   |     |   Share