Preview: Utah at UCLA

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

UCLA is expected to have quarterback Josh Rosen back from a one-week absence, and No. 18 Utah should have leading receiver Tim Patrick at full speed when the teams collide Saturday afternoon in their Pac-12 matchup at the Rose Bowl. Rosen, a two-year starter, missed last week's 27-21 loss at Washington State with shoulder and leg injuries, while Patrick looks to be 100 percent after missing the win against Arizona on Oct. 8 with an unspecified injury and then playing sparingly last week.

The Utes have another reason to feel confident with their scoring abilities now that running back Joe Williams has returned to the team. Williams quit two games into his senior year and wasn't expected back, but changed his mind at the urging of teammates, then rushed for 179 yards on 34 carries and scored a touchdown in last weekend's 19-14 win at Oregon State. His return was made even more vital after leading rusher Armand Shyne suffered a season-ending leg injury against Arizona, and Zack Moss also missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, prompting fellow freshman Devontae Henry-Cole to be removed from his redshirt season. UCLA is dealing with its own rushing woes, but they're not health-related, rather performance-enhanced, as the Bruins enter the weekend as the third-worst rushing team in the country, averaging 91.1 yards per game.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: UCLA -7.

ABOUT UTAH (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12): The Utes enter this game tied with Colorado atop the Pac-12 South Division standings and two games ahead of USC. Scoring at least 25 points seems to their benchmark, as Utah is 9-1 over the past two seasons when scoring that many, while UCLA is 2-9 in that span when surrendering at least 25. One area Utah figures to dominate is special teams, as the Utes rank second in the nation in net punting average, have a four-year starter at place kicker who owns the school's career field-goal record and even their long snapper has been on the field for every snap over the last four seasons.

ABOUT UCLA (3-4, 1-3): The Bruins were the preseason pick to win the South Division this season, but instead have lost three of their first four in conference play for the first time in coach Jim Mora's five-year tenure. UCLA will likely need to lean on its defense, as the run game is struggling and Rosen might be shaking off some rust, and the entire defensive unit has been solid so far, not allowing an opponent to amass 400 total yards in the last six games. Just one opponent has managed to complete at least 53 percent of its passes this season, and the secondary has accounted for eight interceptions on the year.


1. Utah is 12-3 over the last two seasons when holding opponents under 130 rushing yards.

2. The only FBS teams to average fewer rushing yards than UCLA this season are Georgia State and Texas State.

3. UCLA has outscored opponents 84-43 in the final 15 minutes of regulation this season, which is 46 percent of its total scoring output.


Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Utah 6-1 W2 26.7 18.3 4-0 2-1 0-0 0-0 3-1
UCLA 3-4 L2 26.0 23.1 2-1 1-3 3-3 0-0 1-3

Last Meeting

Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/21/15 UCLA 17 UTAH 9 307 197 110 325 105 220

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTAH T. Wilson 50.0 110 0 0
UCLA J. Rosen 50.0 220 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTAH J. Williams 26 121 4.7 0
UCLA P. Perkins 28 98 3.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTAH H. Handley 3 32 10.7 0
UCLA J. Payton 7 105 15.0 0
TDs Player TD
UTAH P. Afia 0
UCLA T. Duarte 1
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UTAH T. Williams 56.6 1546 7 4
UCLA J. Rosen 59.3 1915 10 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UTAH A. Shyne 78 373 4.8 4
UCLA S. Jamabo 52 207 4.0 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UTAH T. Patrick 24 429 17.9 5
UCLA D. Andrews 33 439 13.3 3
TDs Player TD
UTAH T. Patrick 5
UCLA D. Andrews 4

Quickchart Matchup

Utah Off vs  UCLA Def
417.9 yards
344.4 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
5.2 yards/attempt
UCLA Off vs  Utah Def
409.7 yards
341.6 yards
2.8 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7.9 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Utah Overall UCLA
6-1-0 W/L 3-4-0
3-4-0 ATS 2-5-0
3-4-0 O/U 2-4-1
26.7 Pts For 26.0
18.3 Pts Against 23.1
2-1 W/L 2-1
1-2-0 ATS 1-2-0
1-2-0 O/U 2-1-0
25.3 Pts For 33.3
19.7 Pts Against 22.3