Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 30, 2021
Sports Wrap – September 30, 2021

Region 7 football

C. Valley at Uintah

Stansbury at Mt. View

Timp at Hillcrest

Payson at Tooele

3A football

Morgan at Grantsville

Union at B Lomond

Ogden at J. Diego

Manti at N. Sanpete

Richfield at Juab

C. View at Carbon

BYU moves up

After improving to 4-0 on Saturday, BYU moved up two places to No. 13 in The Associated Press Top 25 and one spot to No. 15 in the USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll.

With the Cougars’ 35-27 victory over South Florida on Saturday night in LaVell Edwards Stadium, BYU has started 4-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. BYU got off to a 9-0 start on its way to an 11-1 record and No. 11 final ranking last season. This year the Cougars are currently one of 26 undefeated FBS programs and one of 23 to start the year with four straight wins.

The top-10 teams this week according to AP voters are Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Penn State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Florida. Just in front of BYU in the rankings are Ohio State and Ole Miss at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.

The coaches had a few differences from their media counterparts in the voting, swapping Oklahoma at No. 4, and Penn State at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Notre Dame then Cincinnati, Florida and Ohio State rounding out the top 10. Texas A&M at No. 13 and Michigan at No. 14 were rated in front of BYU by the coaches while being voted just behind the Cougars by AP with the Wolverines at No. 14 again and the Aggies at No. 15. 

This week BYU will travel to face in-state foe Utah State (3-1) on Friday night at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah. The game starts at 7 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. 


The following are series notables between Utah State and BYU dating back to 1993 and encompassing the last 21 meetings.

• Utah State has won two of the last three games in the series, including consecutive wins for the first time in 44 years in 2017 and 2018. USU has also won three of the last six games played in the series, including two of the last three in Provo and two of the last five in Logan. Prior to the last six games, BYU won 23 of 25 games in the series.

• Utah State has scored 30-plus points against BYU in each of its last five wins in the series, including 40-plus points in each of its last two wins. In USU’s last nine losses in the series, it has not scored more than 28 points and has been held below 20 points seven times.

• Utah State’s last four wins against BYU have all been by double digits with an average margin of victory of 17.8 points. 

• In the last 21 meetings, Utah State is 4-5 when leading at the half, while BYU is 12-0. USU is also 4-7 when scoring first, while BYU is 9-1 with its only loss coming in 2014. USU has scored first in eight of the last 11 games and has led at the half in five of the last 10 games. USU has also rushed for more yards in five of the last 10 meetings.

• Utah State has gained more yards in three of the last six meetings and controlled the time of possession in four of the last six meetings. Prior to that, BYU had more yards in 14 of the previous 15 meetings and controlled the time of possession in 11 of the previous 15 meetings.

• The 2019 meeting between Utah State and BYU marked just the third time in the last 21 games that both teams had over 500 yards of total offense (1993, 1997, 2019) and BYU won all three of those games.

• The 2019 game was the first time in the last 13 meetings that either team has recorded 500 yards of total offense. 

• The team with fewer turnovers has won 16 of the last 21 games. Furthermore, USU’s five turnovers in 2019 are its most in the last 21 meetings and the second-most by either team trailing BYU’s seven turnovers in 2017.

• In the last 21 meetings, BYU has had a 300-yard passer seven times, a 100-yard rusher seven times, with two of those players rushing for 200 yards, and a 100-yard receiver 15 times. USU has had a 300-yard passer five times in the last 21 meetings, a 100-yard rusher four times and a 100-yard receiver eight times.

• In USU’s 58-56 win in 1993, BYU tied the NCAA record at the time for most points scored by a losing team, tying Purdue’s 56 points against Minnesota that same season.

• The winning team in the Utah State vs. BYU series has scored at least 27 points in 30 of the last 31 meetings, with the only exception being BYU’s 6-3 win in Provo in 2012, which was the lowest scoring game in series history since a 0-0 tie in 1939 in Logan.

Jazz open practice

For most Utah Jazz fans throughout the world, the 2021-22 season opener on Oct. 20 can’t come soon enough.

It’ll be the first time they will be able to watch Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and their teammates on the court, and see why hope and optimism remain very high heading into the new year.

But thanks to a recent announcement, fans will have the opportunity to watch the players on the court a few weeks earlier than expected. 

In a ground-breaking arrangement with Zoom, fans will be able to view and take part in the Utah Jazz Open Practice on The Road To Tipoff, presented by Udo. 

“We are always focused on connecting with our fans and finding unique technology to bring unprecedented access to our players and coaches,” said Ryan Smith, owner of the Utah Jazz. “We are excited to partner with Zoom to leverage its innovative platform to stream practice for the first time in our history. We live in a hyper-connected world and the demand for direct-to-consumer content is growing stronger and stronger. This experience begins a new chapter of fan engagement and direct-to-consumer content.”

Set to take place in the early afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 2, the Utah Jazz social media channels and team website will provide the link that will give access to 50,000 participants.

But the webinar will be much more than just interacting with the on-air talent and watching head coach Quin Snyder and his team. There will also be segments focused on the redesign of the practice facility at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus, live interviews, guest commentary and pre-recorded features to give every Jazz fan something to be engaged with.

It’s an unprecedented move by the organization as it further cements Utah’s status as a pioneer in the virtual reality world. This move will provide fans an unforgettable experience where they’ll be able to possess the same level of intimacy as if they were in the stands at Vivint Arena.

“We’re proud to join forces with the Utah Jazz to live stream an open practice to fans across the world,” said Brendan Ittelson, chief technology officer at Zoom. “It’s an exciting time to be in technology when our innovation is helping to transform experiences and connect the world. This is a groundbreaking opportunity to bring unique and interesting content directly to fans regardless of location. Now not only local fans can be part of this premier experience, but Jazz fans from across the globe have an opportunity to participate.”

The practice will coincide with the end of training camp on Thursday in Las Vegas, but also serve as one final tuneup before the team opens its four-game preseason schedule on Monday, Oct. 4 in San Antonio.

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