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Two Utah football players shot and wounded at Salt Lake City party

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Members of the Utah football team huddle before the start of their game against Utah State on Friday.

(Rick Bowmer / AP)

Utah sophomore Lo Falemaka and freshman Marcel Brooks-Brown were shot and wounded at a party in Salt Lake City, Coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement Sunday.

Both players were expected to recover. According to Salt Lake City police, 20-year-old Falemaka and 18-year-old Brooks-Brown were shot in the torso and were hospitalized in stable condition. Whittingham said it’s unclear when either player would be back on the field, but the coach was optimistic it would be in the near future. Falemaka is a tight end who has appeared in two games this season on special teams. Brooks-Brown is in his first season and was expecting to redshirt.

Police spokeswoman Robin Heiden said that the two victims got into an altercation late Saturday night with three men who refused to leave a private party. Heiden said that one of the suspects allegedly pulled out a gun and shot them both. The three suspects then fled the scene.

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Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the Associated Press top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a rough weekend. Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State all dropped out after losses Saturday. The Tigers needed overtime to beat Jacksonville State of the FCS and slipped from No. 6 to No. 18.

The SEC was down to seven ranked teams, still the most of any conference.

Ohio State remained No. 1, but the Buckeyes were no longer unanimous. No. 4 Michigan State received two first-place votes from the media panel after beating Oregon, 31-28. Alabama remains No. 2. Texas Christian is No. 3.

No. 19 Brigham Young jumped into the rankings after beating Boise State.

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Rutgers star receiver Leonte Carroo has been suspended indefinitely after being involved in an incident outside the Scarlet Knights’ stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Coach Kyle Flood declined to give details.

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South Carolina quarterback Connor Mitch has been hospitalized and will sit out four to six weeks because of a separated shoulder and badly bruised hip. Perry Orth will get the start this week against No. 7 Georgia.

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Sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer, who came off the bench to direct Notre Dame’s final-drive touchdown Saturday, will make his first start for the No. 8-ranked Fighting Irish against No. 14 Georgia Tech on Saturday, Coach Brian Kelly said.


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