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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Utah safety Steve Tate had one thought on his mind when Louie Sakoda lined up for the game-winning field goal in Saturday's 17-14 win over Air Force.

"I'm thinking three more seconds — this goes in — and we got BYU," he said during the postgame celebration at Falcon Stadium.

Defensive coordinator Gary Andersen acknowledged he was going to enjoy Utah's seventh win of the season for a little while before focusing on BYU. He hoped to make it to the airplane before turning his attention to the big game.

The Utes (7-4) and Cougars (9-2) square off Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Senior Eric Weddle said it would mean everything to go out on a winning note and finish his career 4-0 against Utah's top rival.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to play a great team like BYU. It's a great opportunity for us. They're a top 25 team. They're rolling along just annihilating everyone they play. It's going to be a great opportunity to play a team of that caliber."

Sakoda, whose 37-yard field goal capped things off, is also looking forward to facing BYU. He said a win would make the season "10 times better."


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