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Last Updated Dec 22, 2014 03:01PM

Maybe Larry Krystkowiak just gives a heck of a halftime speech. Maybe it's some great adjustments. Maybe Utah is deeper than the teams it plays, and stays fresher for longer. Any explanation seems feasible when it comes to explaining the …

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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) hurdles Colorado State Rams defensive back DeAndre Elliott (13) during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Utewrap: Utes roll in Vegas, Fatuesi stars, Red Rocks picked first in Pac
    Wrapping up the past week in Utah sports, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21. FOOTBALL (No. 23) • Raise your hand if you thought Utah would win nine games this...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham reacts after getting a cooler full of ice water dumped on him after winning the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah defeated Colorado State 45-10. Utah football: Whittingham savors favorite season since 2008
    Then, he’d been pelted by Gatorade and streamers. This time, ice water and confetti. As dusk enveloped Sam Boyd Stadium and memories of Utah’s 2014 se...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah basketball notes: Utes stay conservative with lineups, plus more (with video)
    Las Vegas • The week began with talks of “tinkering” with lineups. The big result: Dakarai Tucker got his first start this season in place of Kenneth ...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s Brandon Taylor reacts to a Utah win at the end of a NCAA college basketball game against UNLV at the MGM Grand Showcase Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah won 59-46. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill) Utah basketball: Mental game, adjustments key to Runnin’ Utes win
    Las Vegas • Maybe the venue - which has hosted Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao - helped Larry Krystkowiak craft the boxing analogies a...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 10:37 pm   |     |   Share


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Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) scores a touchdown during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah won 45-10. Utah’s compliance office gets an assist in bowl victory
    Las Vegas • On Utah’s first offensive play at the Las Vegas Bowl, junior running back Devontae Booker pitched to sophomore quarterback Jason Thompson,...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 09:37 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s Brandon Taylor reacts to a Utah win at the end of a NCAA college basketball game against UNLV at the MGM Grand Showcase Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah won 59-46. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill) Utah basketball: Defense carries Runnin’ Utes to 59-46 win over UNLV
    Las Vegas • Of the two Utah squads battling in Sin City on Saturday, it might’ve come as a surprise that the one that struggled to score was the baske...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:04 am   |     |   Share
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Colorado State Rams wide receiver Deionte Gaines (2) is tackled by Utah Utes wide receiver Geoffrey Norwood (16) during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Utah football: Run defense dominant in season-ending performance
    Las Vegas • As his college career was ticking to a close, Jacoby Hale still found time for a career-first. With 13 minutes left and Utah up by 28, Gar...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:05 am   |     |   Share
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Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) looks to pass the ball during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Utah football: Travis Wilson leads Utes to victory
    Las Vegas • Much like his entire season, Travis Wilson had his ups and downs in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. The U...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:05 am   |     |   Share
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Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) runs for a touchdown during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Monson: Utah football finishes its season strong
    Las Vegas • Kyle Whittingham looked into the late-afternoon sky as he walked across the field at the end of Saturday’s Deepest Shade of Royal Purple H...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah women’s basketball: Utes defeat Louisiana Tech
    Her college career is a mere 10 games old, but Joeseta Fatuesi has quickly emerged as an impact player at both ends of the floor. On Saturday, Utah’s...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 11:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Friends and family members of Travis Wilson poses for a selfie with his MVP trophy after winning the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah defeated Colorado State 45-10. Utah football: Ute fans come out in droves for Vegas Bowl
    Las Vegas • They drove all evening from Utah on Friday, father and son, not arriving at the MGM Grand until midnight, then staying up a few extra hour...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes tight end Westlee Tonga (80) Utah Utes wide receiver Andre Lewis (49) and Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) celebrate after winning the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah defeated Colorado State 45-10. Utah football: Utes beat Colorado State 45-10 in Las Vegas Bowl
    Las Vegas • Colorado State’s vaunted passing attack dried up and wilted while Utah’s maligned offense buried the Rams in the Mojave Desert. Before 33,...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:04 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah running back Devontae Booker, center, bursts through the line for a short gain against Colorado in the third quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Analysis: Utah-Colorado State Position Preview
    Utah’s season is undoubtedly a success so far, but one more win wouldn’t hurt. After posting an 8-4 record in the regular season, the Utes get a chanc...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Utah Utes defensive end Nate Orchard (8), in PAC-12 action, Utah vs. Oregon game, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Utah football: For Vegas, story is CSU’s firepower vs. Utah’s stout defense
    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 off...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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
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    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
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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