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UTAH
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No. 18 Washington sets sights on Utah, Pac-12 North title

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Washington has been eliminated from College Football Playoff consideration after checking in at No. 18 in Tuesday's latest rankings.

In fact, the Huskies aren't even favorites to win the Pac-12 North.

The Huskies (8-2, 5-2) are part of a three-team battle to win the North Division after Friday's costly loss to Stanford. So there truly isn't a reason to use the P-word as Washington prepares for Saturday's home game against Utah.

"Well, we never talk about the playoffs. Ever. So that's not even a discussion," Washington coach Chris Petersen said at a press conference. "We just play. We got two more games and we're focused on the next one. So two good teams coming and we'll see what happens after this next week.

"It's just about one week and if we start looking about championships and all that, your focus isn't right."

Stanford and Washington State are in better position to claim the North's berth in the Pac-12 title game than the Huskies. Washington State is the frontrunner and would claim the spot with two wins, one which would be over Washington in the annual Apple Cup.

Petersen was told a Stanford loss to California this weekend would help his team's chances and he quickly put a stop to the line of questioning.

"It doesn't matter what happens (in that game)," Petersen said. "We have no say over that. All we can control is playing as hard as we can. Let's play this week, let's get to the following week. These will be two really tough games and I know this: We'll feel really good about ourselves if we can get that done."

Utah is interested in playing spoilers but it has problems of its own. The Utes (5-5, 2-5) have dropped five of six games since a 4-0 start.

The residue of last Saturday's 33-25 loss to Washington State is hard to shake. Utah committed seven turnovers (four interceptions, three fumbles) that led to 23 Cougars' points.

"Can't win a football game when you turn the ball over seven times," Whittingham said. "That is the obvious takeaway."

Just as apparent is that the Utes traditionally have trouble with the Huskies. Utah is 1-9 all-time against Washington and catch the Huskies coming off a bitter setback.

"They will be an angry football team," Whittingham said. "We've got our work cut out for us. They are a talented team, they are strong in all three phases. They have probably the best punt returner (Dante Pettis) in the country, possibly the best of all time."

Pettis averages a national-leading 21.7 yards per punt return and has returned four for scores this season. He set the NCAA career mark of nine earlier this month, and one of those came in last season's meeting when his 58-yard return provided the winning points in Washington's 31-24 victory over the Utes.

Pettis also leads the squad with 54 catches for 612 yards and seven scores, but Washington's passing game hasn't been all that ferocious. Junior quarterback Jake Browning hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in three of the past four games despite being tied with Keith Price (75 from 2010-13) for the school's all-time touchdown passes mark.

The running game is a different matter as junior Myles Gaskin has topped 100 yards in three straight games and five of the past seven. Gaskin, who gained 1,038 yards this season, is tied for the school record of 37 career rushing touchdowns, matching Bishop Sankey (2011-13).

Utah ranks 45th nationally against the run at 143.1 yards per game and allows 24.1 points per game. Kavika Luafatasaga leads the unit with 66 tackles while fellow senior linebacker Sunia Tauteoli has a team-best 10 tackles for losses.

Utes sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley was intercepted three times in the loss to Washington State one week after throwing four touchdown passes against UCLA. He has passed for 1,953 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Sophomore running back Zack Moss (772 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) and senior receiver Darren Carrington II (58 receptions for 830 yards and six touchdowns) are enjoying solid campaigns.

The Huskies rank third nationally in pass defense (155.9) despite losing two starting cornerbacks early in the season. Junior defensive tackle Vita Vea is thriving in the trenches with 30 tackles and three sacks.

Washington senior linebacker Azeem Victor was indefinitely suspended after a DUI arrest on Sunday morning. It is the second suspension of the season for the preseason All-American.

The Huskies are focusing on bouncing back as Petersen figures there were a bunch of happy coaches around the Pac-12 to see his club suffer its second loss.

"It's not always going to be a bed of roses," Petersen said. "The gritty teams, they're going to come back right to work. Everybody around the conference is throwing a party that we lost."

Meanwhile, the Utes are aiming for at least one more victory -- they close the regular season with Colorado -- so they can receive an opportunity to build on the program's gaudy 16-4 record in bowl games.

"We are not going to lay down," Utah sophomore receiver Demari Simpkins said. "We will keep fighting and we have another chance to get bowl eligible. That is the goal."

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
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Utah 5-5 -----
18 Washington 8-2 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Huntley 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.9% 1953 13 9 137.8
T. Huntley 168/259 1953 13 9
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.3% 631 2 4 112.3
T. Williams 45/86 631 2 4
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 19 1 0 229.9
D. Simpkins 2/3 19 1 0
D. Carrington II 9 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
D. Carrington II 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Moss 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
151 772 7
Z. Moss 151 772 7 31
T. Huntley 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
118 432 3
T. Huntley 118 432 3 33
D. Henry-Cole 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 186 2
D. Henry-Cole 43 186 2 31
T. McCormick Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 63 0
T. McCormick Jr. 8 63 0 43
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 49 2
T. Williams 28 49 2 16
J. Howard 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 35 0
J. Howard 9 35 0 11
K. Fulks 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 29 0
K. Fulks 5 29 0 16
S. Nacua 45 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
S. Nacua 1 3 0 3
S. Tauteoli 10 LB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
S. Tauteoli 1 1 0 1
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -18 0
D. Simpkins 2 -18 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Carrington II 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 830 6
D. Carrington II 58 830 6 46
S. Wilson 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 357 1
S. Wilson 19 357 1 48
R. Singleton 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 344 2
R. Singleton 27 344 2 50
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 285 1
D. Simpkins 23 285 1 71
S. Nacua 45 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 261 1
S. Nacua 27 261 1 21
T. McCormick Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 180 2
T. McCormick Jr. 19 180 2 75
Z. Moss 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 179 0
Z. Moss 25 179 0 20
B. Thompson 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 65 0
B. Thompson 4 65 0 29
S. Fakailoatonga 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 37 0
S. Fakailoatonga 1 37 0 37
K. Fulks 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
K. Fulks 3 31 0 14
J. Field 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
J. Field 2 12 0 10
C. Ippolito 57 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 1
C. Ippolito 2 9 1 7
T. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 1
T. Williams 1 5 1 5
H. Handley 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 4 0
H. Handley 2 4 0 5
J. Jackson 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
J. Jackson 1 3 0 3
D. Paulo 77 OL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 1
D. Paulo 1 1 1 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Blackmon 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Blackmon 0-0 0.0 2
F. Mokofisi 45 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
F. Mokofisi 0-0 0.0 1
B. Hobbs 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Hobbs 0-0 0.0 1
J. Guidry 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Guidry 0-0 0.0 1
K. Young 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Young 0-0 0.0 1
K. Luafatasaga 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Luafatasaga 0-0 0.0 1
C. Hansen 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Hansen 0-0 0.0 1
C. Ballard 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
C. Ballard 0-0 0.0 2
S. Tauteoli 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
S. Tauteoli 0-0 0.0 1
J. Johnson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Johnson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Gay 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
22/26 30/30
M. Gay 22/26 0 30/30 96
C. Johnston 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
0/1 0/0
C. Johnston 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 2097 16 5 153.9
J. Browning 175/256 2097 16 5
K. Carta-Samuels 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 82 0 0 148.9
K. Carta-Samuels 8/10 82 0 0
D. Pettis 8 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 36 0 0 402.4
D. Pettis 1/1 36 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
166 1038 13
M. Gaskin 166 1038 13 57
L. Coleman 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 350 4
L. Coleman 77 350 4 33
S. Ahmed 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 302 3
S. Ahmed 50 302 3 58
S. McGrew 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 59 2
S. McGrew 17 59 2 23
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 29 5
J. Browning 40 29 5 21
K. Pleasant 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
K. Pleasant 5 19 0 7
D. Pettis 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
D. Pettis 1 16 0 0
T. Adams 72 OL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
T. Adams 1 9 0 9
R. Kinne 40 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
R. Kinne 3 9 0 6
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
C. McClatcher 2 9 0 15
Q. Pounds 21 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
Q. Pounds 1 0 0 0
D. Bridge-Gadd 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Bridge-Gadd 1 -1 0 0
K. Carta-Samuels 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
K. Carta-Samuels 2 -4 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Pettis 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
54 612 7
D. Pettis 54 612 7 73
H. Bryant 19 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 331 1
H. Bryant 22 331 1 50
A. Fuller 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 207 0
A. Fuller 16 207 0 46
W. Dissly 98 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 183 2
W. Dissly 16 183 2 29
Q. Pounds 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 155 1
Q. Pounds 10 155 1 43
L. Coleman 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 140 2
L. Coleman 9 140 2 35
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 128 0
C. McClatcher 10 128 0 31
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 114 2
M. Gaskin 12 114 2 28
A. Baccellia 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 106 0
A. Baccellia 8 106 0 29
B. Lenius 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 89 0
B. Lenius 9 89 0 20
D. Sample 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 68 0
D. Sample 4 68 0 31
S. Ahmed 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 38 0
S. Ahmed 8 38 0 11
T. Jones 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
T. Jones 3 25 0 11
J. Kizer 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
J. Kizer 2 17 0 9
J. Warren 45 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 1
J. Warren 1 2 1 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Constantine 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
S. Constantine 0-0 0.0 1
M. Bryant 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
M. Bryant 0-0 0.0 1
J. Dotson 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Dotson 0-0 0.0 1
J. Miller 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Miller 0-0 0.0 2
T. Bartlett 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
T. Bartlett 0-0 0.0 2
B. Murphy 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
B. Murphy 0-0 0.0 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Vizcaino 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
8/14 36/38
T. Vizcaino 8/14 0 36/38 60
V. Soderberg 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
1/3 10/10
V. Soderberg 1/3 0 10/10 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD