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November 9, 2021
Sports Wrap – November 9, 2021

5A Semifinals

Thursday

University of Utah

Orem vs. Springville 11 a.m

Stansbury vs. Lehi 2:30 p.m.

3A Championship

Saturday

Weber State

Grantsville vs. Morgan 5 p.m.

2A Championship

Beaver vs.San Juan 2 p.m.

1A Championship 

LCA vs. Duchesne 11 a.m.

College Football

Saturday, Nov. 13

Utah at Arizona noon

USU at San Jose 8:30 p.m.

Weber at SUU 2 p.m.

U of U Football

University of Utah sophomore offensive lineman Braeden Daniels and junior linebacker Devin Lloyd have earned a pair of weekly Pac-12 awards, the league announced on Monday. Daniels was named Offensive Line Player of the Week, and Lloyd the league’s Defensive Player of the Week following Utah’s Friday night victory at Stanford.

Playing primarily at right tackle, Daniels was part of a group protecting for a Utah team that produced 581 total yards of offense, the most since 2018. It included 441 rushing yards for the Utes, the fourth-most in program history and tops since 1991. He and the rest of the line created holes that set up running backs Tavion Thomas (20 carries—178 yds), Micah Bernard (12–110) and TJ Pledger (4–107) to become the first Utah trio to each rush for 100 yards in a game.

Daniels specifically had a beautiful pancake block in the second quarter that left Thomas a hole for an 11-yard touchdown, his fourth score of the night. Quarterback Cameron Rising was neither sacked nor threw an interception. Utah produced 440 yards of total offense in the first half, the first 400-yard half for the Utes since amassing 424 yards (1st half) vs. Weber State in 2013.

USU football

Utah State resumes Mountain West Play at San Jose State on Saturday.

The game will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 p.m. (MT). 

• Utah State’s 7-2 start this year is its third-best over the last 43 years dating back to 1979, trailing only the 2012 and 2018 teams that both went 11-2 and finished the season nationally ranked. 

• Utah State has now won at least seven games for the fifth time in its nine years in the Mountain West and for the 26th time in school history. Furthermore, it is the 40th time that USU has won at least four conference games, including its sixth time in nine years in the MW. There have only been 12 Aggie teams that have won eight or more games in a single season.  

• Utah State’s six-game improvement from last year to this year is tied for the best in the nation as the Aggies were 1-5 last season and are currently 7-2 this year. Only Michigan State (2-5 in ‘20 to 8-1 in ‘21), Northern Illinois (0-6 in ‘20 to 6-3 in ‘21), and Michigan (2-4 in ‘20 to 8-1 in ‘21) have had as big of a turnaround this year as Utah State.

• Utah State is 4-0 on the road to start a season for the first time since the 1973 team won its first five road games and USU has rallied from double-digit deficits in each of its four road wins this year. USU is averaging 34.5 points and 491.5 yards of total offense (160.5 rushing, 331.0 passing) on the road this season, while converting 32-of-60 (.533) third downs and 5-of-9 fourth downs (.556). Furthermore, USU has a 44-10 scoring advantage in the final 15 minutes of its four road wins.

BYU football

After improving to 8-2 on Saturday, BYU has moved up to No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25 and No. 15 in the USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll released Sunday.  

AP voters advanced the Cougars three spots from No. 17 last week, while the coaches gave Kalani Sitake’s team a five-place improvement from a No. 20 ranking in their previous poll. BYU debuted at No. 15 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released last week and will learn on Tuesday where the CFP selection committee places the Cougars coming off its its 59-14 victory over Idaho State at LaVell Edwards Stadium. 

BYU has been ranked in one of the major national polls during eight of the last nine weeks this year since first entering the national rankings in the second poll of the regular season following its win over Utah. At 8-2, BYU boasts a 5-1 record against Power 5 opponents this year with USC of the Pac-12 still on the schedule. To date, Cougars boast P5 wins over then nationally ranked Utah and Arizona State as well as Virginia, Washington State and Arizona. 

BYU joins top-ranked Georgia and Alabama, ranked No. 2 by the coaches and No. 3 by AP, as the only teams with at least five wins over FBS opponents with winning records this season.

This week Georgia (8-0) is again the consensus No. 1 team after improving to 9-0 on the season with a 43-6 win over Missouri. Cincinnati (9-0) is again No. 2 according to AP with Alabama (8-1) at No. 3, but the coaches gave the second spot to the Crimson Tide this week while moving the Bearcats back to No. 3.

Oklahoma (9-0) is No. 4 in both polls. AP voters then ranked Oregon (8-1) No. 5 and Ohio State (8-1) No. 6, while the coaches rated those two teams in reverse order giving the higher ranking to the Ducks who defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus this year in their head-to-head matchup.  

BYU has a bye this week before returning to action against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Statesboro, Georgia.

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