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Ganther unsure about Saturday

By his own estimate, injured Utah running back Quinton Ganther said there's a 70 percent chance he'll play in Saturday's game against Wyoming at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"I hope it's more than that," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "My guess is Quinton is going to play."

The senior captain, who leads the Utes with 771 yards rushing, suffered a slight tissue tear in his left knee after twisting it in practice Wednesday.

Ganther said medical tests revealed nothing major, but fluid will have to be drained from the injury.

"If I can run and cut I'm going to play," said Ganther, who saw progress over the weekend.

Though he didn't practice Monday, Ganther is gaining increased mobility in the knee and is hopefully to be in the lineup against the Cowboys.

In Utah's 42-32 win at UNLV on Oct. 22, Ganther rushed for a career-high 155 yards.

GOOD BYE WEEK: Whittingham and his staff welcomed the Utes back after a three-day break. The bye week, he added, was intended to get the players fresh, keep them sharp and catch-up on recruiting.

"I think we accomplished all three of those objectives," Whittingham said.

TACKLING TOONE: Senior linebacker Spencer Toone, who has played every snap at rover, leads the Mountain West Conference with 10.2 tackles per game.

"He's been steadily productive all season long for us," said Whittingham , who praised Toone's durability. "That position is tailor-made for him and he's making the most of it."

BACK ON THE TUBE: Unlike Saturday's game with Wyoming, Utah's home finale will be televised. KJZZ, Ch. 14 will broadcast the Nov. 12 game against New Mexico. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

EXTRA POINTS: Quarterback Brian Johnson leads the Mountain West Conference in total offense with 325.25 yards per game, the sixth-best average in the country . . . The Utes are seeking their 350th home victory this weekend. They're 349-169-16 all-time on the hill . . . Kicker Dan Beardall has made 10-of-11 field goals this season, putting him in a tie for first in the nation in accuracy percentage. He's also the only kicker in the MWC who has yet to miss a PAT.


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