WSU opponent first look: Did Utah turn a corner last week?

The Utes had 509 yards of offense in a win over UCLA last week.

No. 19 WSU Cougars (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) vs. Utah (5-4, 2-4)

When/Where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/710 AM

By the numbers

4 Number of Utes’ games this season that have been decided by one score or less. The Utes are 2-2 in that scenario.

21 Number of field goals Utah kicker Matt Gay, a Lou Groza semifinalist, has made this season — tops in the country.

Last week: Utah beat UCLA 48-17

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Latest line: WSU favored by 1.5

Last meeting: Two Connor Halliday touchdown passes in the fourth quarter lifted WSU to a 28-27 road win in 2014.

Coach: Kyle Whittingham. Now in his 14th season at Utah, Whittingham is the dean of all current Pac-12 football coaches. He’s compiled a 104-50 record as Utah’s coach, and has led his team to three straight bowl wins. Utah snapped a four-game losing streak last week by pounding UCLA 48-17 and putting up a season-high 509 yards. Whittingham indicated afterward that the game might have put Utah back on track. This weekend’s game against WSU will be a good test of that theory. Was last week’s win over UCLA the start of a strong finish for the Utes? Or an anomaly in what’s been a disappointing season so far.

Star players

QB Tyler Huntley (6-1, 190, So.): Huntley, a sophomore, beat out senior Troy Williams for the starting job this offseason, but missed the Stanford and USC games with a hand injury. Last week’s UCLA game marked Huntley’s first win since his return, and he had a big day, completing 15 of 22 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Huntley has completed 66.8 percent of his passes this season and has thrown 12 touchdowns to six interceptions.

WR Darren Carrington (6-3, 205 Sr.): Carrington was kicked off the Oregon football team this summer, but he transferred to Utah and has flourished in his…

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