Utes to play Oregon State; starting QB still unknown

Posted at 11:20 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 08:53:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah is preparing to head on the road for their next Pac-12 matchup against Oregon State.

One big question on the table for Utah is who will be starting as quarterback against the Beavers.

Kendall Thompson played the majority of the game against UCLA, winning 30-28.

On the depth chart, Thompson and Travis Wilson are listed in a rotation; leaving the starter for the Oregon State game a secret.

The Utes receiving core has been struggling to make catches, which could prove to be even harder against the Beavers, who are ranked in the top ten for passing defense.

"They are just coached up exceptionally well. They've got good technique. They run it very well, they know exactly what they are doing with that coverage," said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. "I really think that's the formula: consistency in what they are doing. They've been doing the same thing for a lot of years and they've got good players."

The Utes look back to last season when they had a huge win against then ranked Stanford. The next week they took on Arizona and lost.

Because of that, the Utes are trying to focus less on celebrating big wins and treat every matchup like they are back at square one.

"We played good in a lot of those games we just didn't come out with the win. We took a lot of those games down to the wire. We didn't finish. We've got to make sure we finish this year," said senior wide receiver Dres Anderson.

"This whole team vibe is a lot different from last year. You know it was a big win but it was almost forgotten because we are preparing for Oregon State next week so we're not holding onto that anymore," said junior linebacker Jared Norris.

"You can't be too high on one game. You can't let it hang over -- you've got to get past it. You've got to be 1-0 in the next week no matter who you're playing. Play with the same intensity and fire as you did with the previous team," Anderson said.

Kick-off against Oregon State is Thursday at 8 p.m.