Utes plan to learn from mistakes made against San Jose

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The 16th-ranked Utes are looking to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games at Oregon this Saturday. Autzen Stadium is one of the toughest places to go, but even though the Utes aren't sure how healthy running back Matt Asiata will be, they can't wait.

Last week's game in San Jose wasn't pretty, but the Utes still found a way to extend their winning streak to 16 games, and they hope to learn from the mistakes they made against the Spartans.

"You know, the bottom line is, Saturday against San Jose, … there were no style points. But we don't care about that. We got the ‘W.' All that matters at the end of the day is whether you get the ‘W' or not," Head Coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Saturday's game in Oregon will be a major test for the Utes, playing in one of the loudest stadiums in the country.

"Autzen Stadium is a hostile environment, very difficult place to play. They've had a great home-field advantage for a lot of years there. But, you know, our guys will be ready," Whittingham said.

Playing in large, loud, hostile environments is nothing new to the Utes, who won in the Big House and Superdome last season.

"From my experience, I know a lot of guys returning from last year, we thrive under pressure and hostile environments," said junior defensive lineman Zane Taylor. "So, you know, I'm definitely excited to play in that loud stadium and be able to show them what we got."

Saturday's game starts at 1:30 p.m. MDT.

E-mail: jjensen@ksl.com

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