Utah (2-1) returns to Salt Lake City for a badly needed home game. It is Homecoming week up on the Hill, so there will be a packed house and raucous crowd on hand to welcome the Lousiville Cardinals (1-1) into Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Louisville is coming off a tough 31-27 loss to rival Kentucky. Kentucky scored a touchdown with just over four minutes left to take the lead and held on for the win. Louisville's win this season came in week one against Indiana State from the Football Championship Subdivision.
Utah returns home licking their wounds after having their 16-game winning streak broken by Oregon 31-24. The Utes had several chances to tie the ballgame late, but couldn't take advantage of their opportunities on offense. The defense not being able to stop the run didn't help the Utes quest to extend their winning streak to 17 games as the Ducks ran for 217 yards. Utah has never lost to Louisville, winning all three previous games in the series, and Kyle Whittingham has never lost a game to Steve Kragthorpe. This is the Utes final non-conference game and only home game until mid-October, as the Utes have a bye week next week followed by road games at Colorado State and UNLV. "I think the guys need to understand that when we have a setback, we have to come back with resolve and determination," Whittingham said about the program's first loss in almost 23 months. "I don't want to say we took winning for granted, but a lot of guys in the program haven't experienced a loss yet. I hope it opens some eyes on how hard it is to win a Division I football game and come back with more resolve, focus and determination. We weren't unfocused, but it's obvious we came up short and we have to come back with a better effort. This is not a time to panic. We have nine games left and one more non-conference game before a week off".
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