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SAN DIEGO ST. (2-3, 1-0) at UTAH (3-3, 0-2)

Chance of showers with a high of 60 degrees.

Today, 1 p.m. — Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017, FieldTurf surface) — Salt Lake City

Ticket information: Approximately 4,000 tickets remain, scattered throughout all price ranges.

TV: Ch. 111 (Comcast)

Radio: 700AM

PLAYER TO WATCH

VONNIE HOLMES, CB: The junior leads the Mountain West Conference with four interceptions, which ranks second nationally. He returned one of the picks for a touchdown.

KEY MATCHUP

UTAH DEFENSE vs. KEVIN O'CONNELL: The Utes sacked Louisville quarterback Brian

Brohm three times in last week's win. Today they face an SDSU line that allowed O'Connell, a senior quarterback, to get sacked seven times last Saturday at Colorado State.

THE STAKES

For San Diego State ... The Aztecs are seeking a 2-0 start in MWC play — a big-time beginning for a team picked to finish eighth in the league's preseason poll.

For Utah ... The Utes are seeking a three-game winning streak. A victory would also put them above the .500 mark for the first time this season and give them a much-needed league win.

THE TRENDS

For San Diego State ... The Aztecs snapped a nine-game road losing streak last week at Colorado State. The 24-20 win over the Rams in Fort Collins was their first away from home since Nov. 12, 2005.

For Utah ... The Utes have put together back-to-back victories. A third would indicate consistency — something the injury-riddled program would appreciate in a season-ending stretch of league games.

THE EDGE

San Diego State will win if ... the Aztecs can hang around long enough. It worked last week in Fort Collins. They have the athleticism to make things happen if the game goes down to the wire.

Utah will win if ... the Utes can repeat their performance in Louisville — specifically, get an early lead and keep it. Utah can ill afford to come out flat, especially with an 0-2 record in conference play.

SCHEDULE

Date . . . . Opponent . . . . Time (TV)

Aug. 30 . . . . at Oregon St. . . . . L, 24-7

Sept. 8 . . . . Air Force . . . . L, 20-12

Sept. 15 . . . . UCLA . . . . W, 44-6

Sept. 22 . . . . at UNLV . . . . L, 27-0

Sept. 29 . . . . Utah St. . . . . W, 34-18

Oct. 5 . . . . at Louisville . . . . W, 44-35

Oct. 13 . . . . San Diego St. . . . . 1 p.m. (Comcast)

Oct. 18 . . . . at TCU . . . . 6 p.m. (VS)

Oct. 27 . . . . at Colorado St. . . . . 3:30 p.m. (MTN)

Nov. 10 . . . . Wyoming . . . . 1:30 p.m. (CSTV)

Nov. 17 . . . . New Mexico . . . . 3:30 p.m. (MTN)

Nov. 24 . . . . at BYU . . . . Noon (CSTV/MTN)

All times Mountain

NEXT UP: TCU (3-3) is on the road to take on Stanford of the Pac-10 today.

SAN DIEGO STATE

OFFENSE

WR . . . . VINCENT BROWN, FR. . . . . 80

. . . . Justin Shaw, Jr. . . . . 84

WR . . . . BRETT SWAIN, SR. . . . . 16

. . . . Jon Toledo, So. . . . . 83

WR . . . . DARREN MOUGEY, JR. . . . . 4

. . . . Roberto Wallace, So. . . . . 18

TE . . . . STEVE SCHMIDT, SR. . . . . 81

. . . . Matthew Kawulok, So. . . . . 88

LT . . . . WILL ROBINSON, SR. . . . . 76

. . . . Mike Matamua, Fr. . . . . 74

LG . . . . MIKE SCHMIDT, JR. . . . . 77

. . . . Brandyn Dombrowski, Sr. . . . . 62

C . . . . TRASK IOSEFA, FR. . . . . 50

. . . . Tommie Draheim, Fr. . . . . 60

RG . . . . FRED AMANO, SR. . . . . 54

. . . . Lance Louis, Jr. . . . . 59

RT . . . . MIKE KRAVETZ, SR. . . . . 70

. . . . Jason Alexander, Jr. . . . . 68

QB . . . . KEVIN O'CONNELL, SR. . . . . 7

. . . . Kelsey Sokoloski, Fr. . . . . 2

TB . . . . BRANDON BORNES, SR. . . . . 37

. . . . Atiyyah Henderson, So. . . . . 21

FB . . . . TYLER CAMPBELL, JR. . . . . 23

. . . . Brandon Sullivan, Fr. . . . . 29

PK . . . . GARRETT PALMER, SR. . . . . 14

. . . . Michael Hughes, Sr. . . . . 17

KR . . . . VINCENT BROWN, FR. . . . . 80

. . . . DAVON BROWN, FR. . . . . 30

DEFENSE

DE . . . . SIAOSI FIFITA, JR. . . . . 92

. . . . Jonathan Soto, So. . . . . 56

DT . . . . ORNAN NWANSI, SR. . . . . 91

. . . . Neil Spencer, Fr. . . . . 55

DE . . . . NICK OSBORN, SR. . . . . 94

. . . . Tony DeMartinis, So. . . . . 41

R . . . . B.J. WILLIAMS, FR. . . . . 90

. . . . Brian Stanbra, Sr. . . . . 49

WLB . . . . ANDREW PRESTON, FR. . . . . 32

. . . . Marc Hull, Sr. . . . . 58

MLB . . . . LUKE LAOLAGI, SO. . . . . 35

. . . . Marcus Yarbrough, Fr. . . . . 38

SLB . . . . RUSSELL ALLEN, JR. . . . . 46

. . . . Zach Clarke, Jr. . . . . 51

CB . . . . AARON MOORE, SO. . . . . 43

. . . . Romeo Horn, Fr. . . . . 44

FS . . . . C. BOUDREAUX, SR. . . . . 40

. . . . T.J. McKay, Jr. . . . . 5

SS . . . . RAY BASS, SR. . . . . 20

. . . . Nick Sandford, So. . . . . 42

CB . . . . VONNIE HOLMES, JR. . . . . 6

. . . . Scotty James, Sr. . . . . 12

P . . . . MICHAEL HUGHES, SR. . . . . 17

. . . . Garrett Palmer, Sr. . . . . 14

PR . . . . VINCENT BROWN, FR. . . . . 80

. . . . Davon Brown, Fr. . . . . 30

QB Kevin O'Connell (slight shoulder separation) and FB Lynell Hamilton (rotator cuff) will play. LB Jerry Milling (broken foot), LB Brett Martin (knee) and WR Chaz Schilens (sprained foot) are not expected to play this week.

UTAH

OFFENSE

WR . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . 26

. . . . Freddie Brown, Jr. . . . . 88

WR . . . . MARQUIS WILSON, JR. . . . . 2

. . . . Jereme Brooks, Fr. . . . . 85

. . . . Elijah Wesson, So. . . . . 8

WR . . . . BRIAN HERNANDEZ, SR. . . . . 16

. . . . Bradon Godfrey, Jr. . . . . 81

TE . . . . MATT SIMS, SR. . . . . 48

. . . . Dallin Rogers, Fr. . . . . 89

. . . . Colt Sampson, Jr. . . . . 45

LT . . . . ZANE BEADLES, SO. . . . . 68

. . . . Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . 71

LG . . . . C. SCHLAUDERAUF, FR. . . . . 72

. . . . Corey Seiuli, Jr. . . . . 74

C . . . . KYLE GUNTHER, SR. . . . . 63

. . . . Tyler Williams, So. . . . . 57

RG . . . . ROBERT CONLEY, JR. . . . . 66

. . . . Zane Taylor, Fr. . . . . 77

RT . . . . DUSTIN HENSEL, JR. . . . . 65

. . . . Walter Watts, Fr. . . . . 71

QB . . . . BRIAN JOHNSON, JR. . . . . 3

. . . . Tommy Grady, Sr. . . . . 15

. . . . Corbin Louks, Fr. . . . . 23

RB . . . . DARRELL MACK, JR. . . . . 6

. . . . Darryl Poston, Sr. . . . . 9

. . . . Ray Stowers, Jr. . . . . 24

PK . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . 35

. . . . Ben Vroman, So. . . . . 30

KR . . . . BRICE MCCAIN, JR. . . . . 1

. . . . ELIJAH WESSON, SO. . . . . 8

DEFENSE

LE . . . . MARTAIL BURNETT, SR. . . . . 93

. . . . Alex Puccinelli, Sr. . . . . 13

DT . . . . KOA MISI, SO. . . . . 41

. . . . Lei Talamaivao, Fr. . . . . 43

NT . . . . GABE LONG, SR. . . . . 94

. . . . Kenape Eliapo, So. . . . . 92

RE . . . . PAUL KRUGER, FR. . . . . 11

. . . . Greg Newman, Jr. . . . . 56

RLB . . . . S. SYLVESTER, SO. . . . . 10

. . . . Mike Wright, So. . . . . 20

MLB . . . . JOE JIANNONI, SR. . . . . 44

. . . . Mike Wright, So. . . . . 20

SLB . . . . M. MOKOFISI, SR. . . . . 22

. . . . Kepa Gaison, So. . . . . 46

CB . . . . SEAN SMITH, SO. . . . . 4

. . . . Justin Jones, So. . . . . 29

CB . . . . BRICE MCCAIN, JR. . . . . 1

. . . . R.J. Stanford, So. . . . . 25

FS . . . . ROBERT JOHNSON, SO. . . . . 17

. . . . RJ Rice, Jr. . . . . 7

SS . . . . STEVE TATE, SR. . . . . 28

. . . . Joe Dale, So. . . . . 12

NB . . . . R.J. STANFORD, SO. . . . . 25

. . . . Terrell Cole, Jr. . . . . 21

P . . . . LOUIE SAKODA, JR. . . . . 35

. . . . Ben Vroman, So. . . . . 30

PR . . . . DERREK RICHARDS, SR. . . . . 26

. . . . Brian Hernandez, Sr. . . . . 16

. . . . Marquis Wilson, Jr. . . . . 2

Senior LB Kyle Brady (ruptured Achilles) is out for the season.