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Whittingham quotes from weekly press conference

Five wins in a row? Whittingham discussed the possibilities Monday in his weekly press conference.

Opening Comment
It was nice to get a road win at TCU. It was a Thursday night game, so it was a short week for us and I thought that everyone handled it well. TCU is a talented team, and it was a tough, physical game.

It was a gritty win and Utah needed it. Now they just can't have that damn pesky letdown. Please, for the love of all might, do not have another letdown!

Offensively, Darrell Mack rushed for a 100 yards again. That's been our formula for success. In all five of our wins, Darrell has rushed for 100 yards. Brian Johnson managed the offense very well. He didn't put up the big numbers that he usually puts up, but he managed the offense and kept the ball out of their hands.

Offense was ok, not great. But that's more because TCU has a great defense than Utah having a mediocre offense. I'm glad to see the gameplan continues to be running Darrell Mack down the throats of the opposing teams.

Defensively, we had four takeaways and came out of the game plus-three on the takeaways. Martail Burnett had an interception and returned it for a touchdown. It was a very athletic play on his part to make that happen. We tackled well the entire game, only missing four tackles.

The defense played great and I hope they put out the same effort Saturday. This defense has played far and away better than many people have expected and with the offense getting its act together, Utah should be tough to beat.

Colorado State is the best 1-6 program in the country. They are a quality team, and you can see that on tape. They've played good teams in Colorado, Houston and California, and they were all close games that could've gone either way.

CSU has been in nearly every loss, I hope the same doesn't happen this week. I want Utah to pound them from start to finish. Last Thursday's game nearly gave me a heart attack and I don't think I can take another close one. Utes need to not only roll CSU for my sake, but for theirs as well. Nothing builds confidence like dismantling a team on the road.

CSU's running game is solid. They have a one-two punch in Kyle Bell and Gartrell Johnson. Their quarterback Caleb Hanie is second to Brian Johnson in pass efficiency and he's a solid offensive player.

The Rams' running game will be the biggest issue Utah faces when defending them. They have two solid backs that can run all over Utah's defense if they don't show up. If that happens, it could be UNLV all over again.

Defensively, they are doing the same thing they've done for years. They are still doing a zone blitz mixed in with some cover-2 and man-to-man.

Except their defense isn't nearly as good as it once was. Utah should have no problem moving the ball down field and I expect Brian Johnson to have a decent game, along with Mack -- as the Rams rank dead last in the Mountain West at defending the run. They give up over 200 yards per game on the ground and I expect Mack to roll.

This is our last game outside the state of Utah. We have a bye week next week then we host two games and then play at BYU. We need to take it one game at a time, one day at a time, and one week at time. We need to go out each week from here on out and execute, bring passion and energy to the field, and come ready to play.

Utah wins this game and they should enter the BYU game at 8-3. That's a pretty remarkable record for a team that started 1-3.

This is a big game for Utah, because a five game winning streak entering the final stretch of the season is huge. A loss here and the Utes are not only out of the conference hunt, they could trip up and finish the season on a losing streak. Even with a victory over CSU, their final three games are going to be extremely tough. But I feel confident that a streaking Utah team can manage that far better than one that stumbles in Fort Collins.