Utah Edges BYU For 20-19 Win

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah football team stopped BYU’s two-point conversion attempt with 18 seconds remaining to secure its sixth straight victory over BYU on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, 20-19.

Utah (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) outgained BYU, 363 to 328, but the Utes overcame a 6-3 deficit in the turnover margin, which were Utah’s first turnovers in the series since 2011.

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Utah Football Downs SUU in Season Opener

Troy Williams fakes a handoff to Joe Williams (Photo Rob Gray - University of Utah Athletics)

Troy Williams fakes a handoff to Joe Williams (Photo Rob Gray – University of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY –The Utah football team recorded its first shutout since 2012 as the Utes won their season opener, 24-0, against Southern Utah on Thursday, Sept. 1, to open the 2016 season.

Utah’s last shutout was against Northern Colorado in 2012, a 41-0 win.

Utah led 3-0 after a field goal on its first drive of the game before a pair of late-second quarter touchdowns gave Utah a 17-0 halftime lead. Utah increased its lead to 24-0 after a fourth-quarter score.

Utah Football defeats Southern Utah University 24-0 in Season Opener (Photo Rob Gray - University of Utah Athletics)

Utah Football defeats Southern Utah University 24-0 in Season Opener (Photo Rob Gray – University of Utah Athletics)

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Rose Ties Utah Strikeout Record but Utes fall 5-4 to Washington

Jayson Rose

Jayson Rose

SALT LAKE CITY – Jayson Rose tied the single-season strikeout record as the Utah baseball team dropped game one to Washington, 5-4, on Friday afternoon.

Washington took a 4-0 lead with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Utes rallied back to score three runs in the sixth and tied the game with a run in the seventh before Washington scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Utah_vs_Washington-6Rose had six strikeouts to bring his season total to 102, tying the record set by Jason Price in 2004. Rose allowed four runs on six hits with four walks in a no decision. Dylan Drachler, who earned the loss, allowed one run on two hits in the eighth, while Riley Ottesen closed out the game for the Utes.

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Utah Women’s Hoops beat Montana St. in WNIT 95-61

AQ0U7483SALT LAKE CITY — All 11 Utes who stepped on the floor scored points as the University of Utah women’s basketball team surged to a 95-61 win over Montana State in the first round of the WNIT on Friday in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Utah (17-14) shot 50.0% (35-70) from the floor and was 48.3% (14-29) from 3-point territory. The Utes held the Bobcats to 31.3% (21-67) shooting and Utah held a 49-40 advantage in rebounding.

Utah’s 95 points was its second-highest total of the season (the Utes scored 97 against CSUN in Salt Lake City on Dec. 3). The Utes owned a 32-18 edge in points in the paint as well as a 44-26 advantage in bench points.

AQ0U7467Junior wing Paige Crozon paced the Ute attack with 20 points off 8-of-13 shooting and was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory. This was the fourth time she has reached the 20-point barrier this season. The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native also snagged five rebounds.

Senior wing Katie Kuklok buried a season-high six 3-pointers off 11 attempts. She was 6-for-10 from distance and scored 18 points.

Redshirt sophomore forward Emily Potter recorded her 15th double-double of the season (19th of her career) as she registered a team-high 14 rebounds to go with 13 points off 6-of-9 shooting from the floor). She has 27 games with 10 or more points this season (46 for her career) and 15 games with at least 10 rebounds (21 career).

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Senior point guard Danielle Rodriguez dished out a game-high six assists and scored seven points.

Sophomore forward Joeseta Fatuesi tied her career high with 10 rebounds and she also gave out a career-high four assists and scored four points.

AQ0U6840Sophomore wing Malia Nawahine scored nine points to go with a career-high-tying four assists and three rebounds.

Freshman guard Erika Bean scored eight off a 6-for-7 effort at the foul line. She also grabbed four boards to go with three assists.

Redshirt sophomore guard Devri Owens turned in five points, making two of her four shots from the floor.

Sophomore guard Gabrielle Bowie tied her career high with six points and handed out a career-best three assists.

Freshman forward Jordanna Porter scored the first three points of her career, a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. She also hauled down a rebound.

Tanaeya Boclair had six boards and dished out three assists.

AQ0U7206The Utes stormed out to a 7-0 lead and led by as many as eight (13-5) and Utah held an 18-14 lead at the end of the first frame. Utah made eight of 19 shots from the floor (42.1%) as Crozon scored nine and Potter had seven.

The Bobcats came back to tie the game for the first time at 18 points with 8:31 remaining in the second quarter. The Utes scored 12 unanswered to claim a 30-18 lead and would lead by as many as 16 (37-21) before taking 37-21 lead into halftime.

The Utes kept their momentum going as extended to a 26-point edge (57-31) midway through the third quarter and would lead by no fewer than 20 the rest of the way. Montana State (21-10) was led by 15 points and 10 rebounds from Peyton Ferris.

The Utes travel to Gonzaga for a Monday, Mar. 22 game at 6 p.m. PT in Round 2 of the WNIT.

Jakob Poeltl name PAC-12 Player of the Year

Jakob Poeltl PAC-12 Player of the year.

Jakob Poeltl PAC-12 Player of the year.

SAN FRANCISCO – Utah sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and senior guard Brandon Taylor was tabbed the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on the Pac-12 Networks Sports Report Monday evening.

Poeltl, who was tabbed an All-Pac-12 First Team selection earlier today, becomes the first Utah player to earn Player of the Year since joining in the conference in 2011. He also becomes the first Ute player to be named a league’s Player of the Year honor since Luke Nevil was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year back in 2009.

“I am obviously honored,” said Poeltl. “I have always said that individual awards are not really what I am [playing] for and I am more about the team. I hope that our team is playing well, but being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year is a great honor.”

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor

Poeltl led the conference with a .660 field goal shooting percentage, ranked second with 17.6 points per game and was third in the league with 9.1 rebounds per game. The Vienna, Austria native ranked second in both total field goals made (202) and total points (543), while also collecting the third-most double-doubles (14) in the league.

Taylor becomes the first player from Utah to earn Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete Player of the Year honors after boasting a cumulative 3.4 GPA throughout his four years on campus. The Los Angeles native was also named an All-Pac-12 selection earlier today, earning Honorable Mention accolades. Taylor ranked ninth in the conference with 3.9 assists per game, while his 120 total assists were eighth-most in the league. His 1.5 steals per game average ranked fourth-best in the Pac-12.