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Brad Rock: For Utes, close just isn't good enough anymore

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  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    It wasn't ever "close" and it was obviously not good enough. It will take a few years to compete at that upper levels of this conference.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    I just hope Utah played well enough to sway a 4 star recruit or 2 that was at the game sitting in Utah seats to come to Utah instead of USC. I don't know if that would count as a moral victory but it would make a nice consolation prize.

    The difference in this game was USC's 5 star star recruits on offense (Barkley, Tyler and Woods).

  • the longview North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    The Utes proved they can play with anyone. The two toughest places to play in the Pac-12 are probably at USC and at Oregon. They came into the coliseum and had a chance to tie in the final minute -- proof that they can acclimate to this conference. (btw, how is that not 'close')

    Next year the Trojans come to Utah -- when was the last time?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    One fanbase doesn't accept Poppinga victories. The other adores them.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Fun game being in the stands and great effort by the Utes. Utah was in the game right up to the blocked field goal. In the future we will close these games out.

    Go Utes!

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    I didn't see the game, but listened on the radio, My question is this, why didn't we try one more play into the endzone before trying the field goal????

  • Chris B's momma Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 11, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Hey u how's that fishing channel working for you? I guess better than no regional coverage like you had last week. Oh well, all your fans get the slc channel anyway!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Let's consider chances of going to a BCS bowl:

    byu
    1 loss already
    no conference wants you
    bcs bowls think you are a joke
    preseason national championship

    chances of BCS bowl: 0%, same as every year.

    Utah
    Pac 12 tournament of champions
    Don't play Oregon
    Don't play Stanford
    USC can't go to Pac 12 championship game
    1 of 2 best teams in Division

    Chances of BCS Rose Bowl: 40%. Oregon 60%

    Oh it's good to be a ute.

    Good luck on your "quest" next season cougars

    We'll have already had THREE!

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Chris B.
    Are you counting out ASU? I wouldn't. At best the 3rd best team in a division and hoping USC wins out because they can't play in championship. Back door hopes, take the win anyway you can. Look at your reasoning, you are pointing out all of the u can win without having to play anyone.