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Utes play Cougars without top receiver Darren Carrington, Washington State without running back Gerard Wicks

SALT LAKE CITY – The Cougars dedicated much of their film study this week to Darren Carrington, the Utah wideout who came into the weekend as the Pac-12 Conference leader in receiving yards per game.

But they didn’t have to worry about the Oregon transfer once play started on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Carrington, who leads the Utes in receptions (58), receiving yards (830), and receiving touchdowns (6), missed his first game of the season with an injury. The senior left last week’s game against UCLA in the first half and didn’t return.

Washington State running back Gerard Wicks didn’t travel with the Cougars to Salt Lake City, a team official confirmed. Wicks is the third-leading rusher for WSU this season, with 156 yards on 32 carries and one touchdown. The senior left the field with an apparent injury late in last week’s game against Stanford.