No. 21 Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at Oregon State (2-3, 1-2), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Utah by 9.
Series Record: Oregon State leads 11-8-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Utah needs one more win to become bowl eligible, but the Utes are struggling with injuries at the running back spot, where they lost Armand Shyne for the rest of the season during the a 36-23 victory over Arizona last Saturday. Oregon State is coming off a confidence-boosting 47-44 overtime victory at home over Cal, the team’s first conference win since Gary Andersen took over as head coach.
Oregon State’s rushing game against Utah’s defense. Last week against Cal the Beavers had 474 yards on the ground, including 221 yards and three touchdowns from Ryan Nall. But Nall’s status for the Utah game is uncertain because of an apparent injury. Utah is holding opponents to an average of 119 rushing yards a game, ranked No. 24 in the nation.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Utah: RB Joe Williams, who retired from football a month ago but has returned to help the team’s depleted rushing attack. The Utes were determining this week whether Williams might be able to play against the Beavers. He retired after the second game of the season, saying he wasn’t at the mental or physical level to compete.
OREGON STATE: QB Darell Garretson, who ran for a touchdown in overtime against Cal to seal the victory. Garretson had struggled and was banged up in the Beavers’ previous two games, replaced in both by freshman Connor Blount. In the week leading up to the game against the Golden Bears, Andersen said he was standing by Garretson.
FACTS & FIGURES
At 2-1 in the conference, Utah is tied for the Pac-12 South lead with Arizona State and Colorado. … Oregon State, with a conference win, ranks ahead of in-state rival Oregon in the Pac-12 North standings. The slumping Ducks don’t yet have a league victory. … The Utes have 15 takeaways - nine interceptions and six fumble recoveries - which is tied for No. 4 nationally. … Andersen was an assistant under Utah coach Kyle Whittingham for four seasons before moving on to become head coach at Utah State in 2009.
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