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September 30, 2011
Utah (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) hosts Washington (3-1, 1-0) in the Utes first Pac-12 home game. Utah and Washington have not played each other since 1979. Washington has never lost to Utah, though the teams have not played in over 30 years, and Washington has never played in Salt Lake City.
Utah enters the game coming off of a bye week, taking the extra time to get away from the game for a few days. In their last game, Utah rode a wave of turnovers, routing rival BYU 54-10. Bye weeks have been good for the Utes in the past. Under head coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah has never lost a game following a bye week.
Washington is coming off a big win of their own. The Huskies scored 10 points in the last 17 minutes of the game to come from behind and defeat Cal 31-23. Washington's much-maligned defense did give up over 400 yards for the third time this season, though they managed to keep Cal out of the endzone. Washington's offense continued to put up yards and points, as the Huskies have scored at least 30 points in every game this season, and gained over 400 yards for the third consecutive game.
Utah proved in their last game that they could overcome an emotional loss and respond, getting over their last second loss to USC in time to thoroughly destroy BYU. Now, the Utes must try to refocus after a big win over their rival to defend their home turf in their new conference.