SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lost big-play wide receiver Dres Anderson to a season-ending knee injury, a significant blow for an offense that has sputtered at times.
Anderson led No. 18 Utah with 355 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
The senior from Riverside, California, was hurt in the fourth quarter of Utah’s 24-21 comeback win over Southern California on Saturday.
Anderson, a team captain, finished the game with three catches for 30 yards, including a key reception that gave the Utes a first down on their way to the winning touchdown with 8 seconds remaining.
Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) faces No. 15 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1) in Tempe on Saturday as the Utes try to stay on top of the South Division.
Over his career, Anderson has hauled in 134 passes for 2,077 yards, becoming one of five receivers in program history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. He was 91 yards away from tying Dennis Smith for fourth all-time at Utah.
In addition, Anderson has 17 career TD catches, tied for sixth-most in school history. He was honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2013, when he had 1,002 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He the son of former NFL wide receiver Willie “Flipper” Anderson.
RB WILLIAMS SUBJECT TO UNIVERSITY INQUIRY: Florida State running back Karlos Williams is subject to a Title IX investigation by the university for his role in a possible domestic battery case.
Florida State would not confirm if it would investigate Williams, citing privacy policies.
But university spokeswoman Browning Brooks told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday that, “While each set of facts and circumstances is different, as a general matter notice of any Title IX-related issues would prompt an investigation.”
The Tallahassee Police Department confirmed it is investigating an alleged domestic battery case involving Williams. It said it continues despite the woman involved filing an affidavit asking police to end the investigation.
Brooks confirmed the university reported the possible battery to police. Federal policy dictates that universities must investigate possible Title IX violations if they are aware. The woman’s lawyer, Nathan Prince, thinks the university found out about the incident through social media.
BUCKEYES NOT THRILLED WITH CFP RANKING: The Ohio State Buckeyes aren’t exactly huge fans of the College Football Playoff rankings.
Still, they aren’t surprised that they have their work cut out for them to make it into the college sport’s first playoff.
The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), ranked 13th in the other two major polls, were 16th on the initial list of the top 25 teams determined by the playoff selection committee and released Tuesday.
Coach Urban Meyer said he has talked to his players about what’s ahead. They already knew they couldn’t afford a second loss as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Illinois (4-4, 1-3) and a showdown next week at No. 8 Michigan State.
SCHOOL FIXTURE DIES AT 86: John Kadlec, a Missouri sports icon whose Tigers career spanned more than a half-century as player, coach, administrator and broadcaster, died Wednesday at 86.
Kadlec played for coach Don Faurot in the 1940s and served as assistant under Dan Devine and Al Onofrio. He was a radio game analyst for 16 seasons, beginning that stint as an emergency replacement, and was also long-time director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund.
In 1996, Kadlec was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. In 2005, the grass practice fields behind the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex were named in his honor.