UTAH ELITE FOOTBALL

PAC 12's Final Unbeaten Teams Square Off

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 10/09/2015

#12 California Golden Bears (5-0) at #13 Utah Utes (4-0)

Kickoff Time: Saturday, October 10, 10:00 PM
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: ESPN

The Pac-12’s final two unbeaten teams face off when No. 23 California visits No. 5 Utah. The Golden Bears are searching for their first 6-0 start since 1950 while the Utes’ 4-0 start is their best since opening the 2010 season with eight-straight wins.

Players to watch

  • Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff is third in the country with 15 touchdown passes and has amassed 1,630 passing yards. The junior set the school’s all-time record for touchdown passes (68) last weekend against Washington State.
  • In three games this season, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson has passed for 513 yards and four touchdowns. The senior is the team’s second-leading rusher with 200 yards on 23 carries and three rushing scores.

Key Stats

  • The Golden Bears have not won three straight road games since 2009.
  • California has forced a nation-best 18 turnovers, three more than any other team.
  • Golden Bears junior wide receiver Kenny Lawler leads the Pac-12 and is third in the nation with eight touchdown catches. 
  • Utah has allowed just one sack, which is tied for third in the nation and leads the Pac-12.
  • The Utes have scored on 16-of-17 red-zone opportunities with 12 touchdowns and four field goals.
  • Utah has set the tone in the second half by outscoring opponents 49-7 in the third quarter.
  • Utes senior running back Devontae Booker is averaging 110.8 rushing yards per game and has picked up nine first downs on third-down rushes – fifth most in the country.
  • Utah is one of three teams in the country with two punt returns for touchdowns and has also added a kick return touchdown to its impressive special teams’ resume.