Sunday, November 23, 2008

Football Rivalry!!!

Final - Utah 48, BYU 24
12-0 season

Utah Miscellaneous Stats

Utah is ranked in the top-15 in the nation in six defensive categories. The Utes are seventh in rushing defense (94.9), ninth in opponent first downs (169), 10th in opponent third-down conversions (30.1%), 11th in total defense (284.7), 13th in scoring defense (16.6) and tied for 14th in opponent fourth-down conversions (30.8%).

The Utes rank second in the league in seven defensive categories: scoring defense (16.6), rushing defense (94.9), total defense (284.7), pass efficiency defense (113.5), opponent first downs (169), tackles for loss (6.82) and opponent third-down conversions (30.1%). Utah leads the league in opponent fourth-down conversions (30.8) and is third in sacks (21).

Utah has a trio of all-conference candidates on the defensive line in ends Koa Misi (57 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks), Paul Kruger (50 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks) and tackle Greg Newman (44 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks).

Utah is tied for the longest win streak in the nation with Texas Tech and Alabama. Dating back to last year's Poinsettia Bowl victory, the Utes have won 12 straight games. Utah has won 19 of its last 20 games.

Utah is averaging a school-record 45,352 fans to its home games this season—drawing over-capacity crowds against TCU (45,666), UNLV (45,587), Weber State (45,117) and Oregon State (45,599). With the home finale against BYU sold out, the 2008 Utes are guaranteed to break the school attendance mark of 44,112, set by the 2004 team.

Senior Brian Johnson is the best quarterback in school history. Johnson, who is 24-7 as the starter, broke the record set by Alex Smith (21-1 in 2003-04).
Johnson has 20 touchdown passes this season and 50 for his career, which ranks second all-time at Utah. With five touchdown throws against San Diego State, Johnson passed both Alex Smith (47 from 2002-04) and Mike McCoy (49 from 1992-92) to move into second place. The record of 69 is held by Scott Mitchell (1987-89).