Awesome game for the Ute defense. They absolutely shut Pitt down. And White and
Hays had great games. Keep in up! Go Utes!
Yep, nice job. No turnovers. Beat Cal and go Beavers.
Cullen single handedly tried to give the game away. He was horrible!
Interesting game for Utah. Their defense was magnificent! Their offense needs a
lot of work, but did look like it was kept conservative by the coaches. I felt
like the offensive play calling was there just to not lose the game. Well, it
worked. It reminded me of the Montana St. game where the game was called to help
the QB with just some simple calls. It worked - no turnovers, and Utah gets the
win. With that, you could say Chow called it right - Utah's offense did not lose
the game like it did the previous two weeks, and patiently Hays will come
congrats to the Utes I'm sure it was well earned.
Yup. +3 in the turnovers. That kind of stat can help you overcome some tough
odds like being down 14-3. No quit in this team, despite losing their last two,
missing Wynn and Christopher, and being down 11 on the road across the country.
Let's hope they take care of the ball next Saturday against a team
that is very similar to this year's Pitt: Cal.
The Utes won, but have serious special teams issues AGAIN. How does Jay Hill
keep his job?The Utes not so special teams gave up a TD on a kick
off return, had a punt blocked for a TD, had an errant snap (producing a
negative 15 yards on a punt), and failed to down the ball twice inside the five
yard line on punts. The Utes have to shore up punter protection (5
punts blocked since last year). That said, special teams is a problem across the
board. Think opening kickoff against Washington. Utah dominated the first half
and went to the locker room down 10-7. After learning Wynn wouldn't be back in
the second half, they quit like the Cougars did against them. Utah
tried to beat themselves today against Pitt. How about having a 19-14 lead with
6 minutes left, the ball on the Pitt 3 yard line (2nd & 1). Utah then gets a
false start, Hays takes a sack (instead of throwing out of the endzone), and
Cullen gets a personal foul. Result: No TD and not even a FG attempt (after
starting at the 3 yard line). Bad punt snap follows.
I'll take a win on the road any day. Not pretty at all but a nice game by the D
and White.Keep it rolling Utes!
@gdog3finally "The Utes won, but have serious special teams issues
AGAIN. How does Jay Hill keep his job?"I agree. It was
frustrating watching the horrible special teams play and constantly wondering if
those special teams would be the reason for a loss. Yet, ironically, Utah could
have the PAC-12 special teams player of the week with the field goal kicker.
Saying the Utes had no turnovers is misleading. The bad snap on the
punt is a negative 15 yard turnover (no positive yards with possession change).
Having a punt blocked for a TD is worse than almost all turnovers
(can only be negatively equaled). Special teams gave up two TDs for
that matter. Getting into the red zone four times and getting three FGs is
terrible. The two Ute TDs were not of the red zone variety. One was a lucky
deflection to Matthews and the other a defensive TD by Shelby. Blunders were abound in this game for Utah. Yes, technically they had no
turnovers but come on. The worst display of red zone offense I have
ever seen since Ron McBride was today. Utah gets to the Pitt 3 yard line with a
19-14 lead. About 5 minutes remain in the game. Utah can ice it. They have a 2nd
& 1 from the Pitt 3. What do they do? They get a false start, take a sack,
get a personal foul, put themselves out of field goal range altogether, then
botch the punt. ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC!!
Let's leave the harping on things like that to the coaches and captains of the
team. As fans, we can be happy to come out with a win that we fought for and
deserved. Road trip to West Coast next week, get us another one, Utes!
Nice win!!! Defense was awesome, White too, Chow called a great game, No
turnovers.... We keep doing that we will win. We don't need Hayes to be great
just solid. Go Utes!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know why this was rejected Des News? I resubmit this with some editing
(guess work on where the rejection came from.John White IV was
terrific today. He has been solid, save one game. The little guy always runs
with heart and desire.Here is my concern. 36 carries by John White
IV is too many. They have to find room for Langi or Palermo in the run game.With Hays at QB, Utah has to take the pressure off of him by running the
ball. The production level of White is something I am confident in.not My
concern is the possible wear and tear on White when carrying the ball an
unusually high number of times. Coach Whittingham did this to Matt Asiata a few
years back. By mid season (that year), Asiata was worn down, then tore his
ACL.If White gets hurt, the Utes will be out of offensive firepower.
Devonte Christopher is out with the ankle. Wynn is out for the year. Utah needs
to take the heavy workload for White, and dial it down some.Again,
36 carries is too much.
This is only the second game I've seen the Utes play this year, and I must say
White is the real deal. There are not many RBs his size that can be every down
backs, but he's shown he can be that back. And I was blown away by
Hays. No, he's not Kellen Moore, but considering how many reps he's gotten, and
how few schools recruited him - I was expecting his performance to be a
disaster. By the time next September rolls around, U will have a QB
controvery. Hays will challenge for the starting position next year, and
probably win.With Wynn going down, I was one of them who predicted
your season was over. I stand corrected. Congrats on a nice win.
Asu just lost. Just two games back from playing in first PAC 12 championship
Lifelong Ute;That is really funny. Pitt was one of the worst teams I have
seen play this year. This was probably their worst effort of the year. Utah will
likely end up with 3 conference wins at best and make it to a bowl with a 6-6
record. Your defense played well but the PAC teams aren't going to roll over and
die like BYU and Pitt did.
@ LifelongUtePAC 12 championship? No chance.Beating ASU
was needed. I would say that even at 1-2, Utah would of had the best chance. The
ASU loss was a three game swing though. Postgame, Utah was 0-3 and ASU 3-0. ASU
went up four games withe tiebreaker. If Utah won, they would have been 1-2 with
ASU 2-1. Instead of four back, Utah would be one back, owning the tiebreaker in
this scenario. Yes, ASU has one loss now (since Oregon game).
However, Utah would have to win their last 6 conference games and ASU would have
to lose 3 of their last 5 conference games, in order for Utah to win the South.
I don't see my team winning 6 in a row. Still, I think that scenario
is more likely to happen than ASU losing 3 out of 5 in the weak southern
division. The ASU loss hurts because Utah would control their own
destiny now. The Washington loss affected conference standing, but they are in
the north. USC is ineligible. ASU is the only head to head factor team the Utes
have played in the south. Controlling destiny was possible.
Pitt didn't roll over and die. They were trying till the end everything they
could think of. Dialing up some trick plays to get a spark, trying a new mobile
Qb to shake things up. The U D just smothered them completely. They shut down
their star RB who broke out one, yes just one decent run the whole game. We
owned pitt except for special teams early on. It made the game look closer
than it ever was. The D made sure of that. What was really disappointing
was our O-line on pass protection. Horrendous. can't single out anyone person
but man lets get it together. It's unacceptable to give up 7 sacs. Few if any
QBs can put up good passing numbers with that kind of pressure. If he gets time
he can deliver. He also has the ability to scramble but too often he tried to
get away rather than throw it away. with time chow will have him wisened up.Can't wait for Cal and OSU this month! Cal will be tough, I hope we can put
together all phases of the game, if we do watch out!GO UTES!!
Don't listen to the supposed Ute fan talking about P12 championship game. Utah
can still salvage a decent season, but as far as the championship goes, well,
there's always next year. I for one will be happy with another Vegas bowl
matchup against BSU to get some vengeance, but they probably won't lose another
game in conference play. Good defensive effort Saturday Utes, but like the ESPNU
commentators said, "sorry for the last 3 hours, that was a boring
Give Jay Hill a break. The winds were gusting up to 40 mph. If you were not at
the game you would not understand. Until this game the Utes were one of the best
kick off and punt teams in the country (and they will be again). Our fans are so
spoiled. There were several mistakes made in this game that they can fix. First
the missed tackles on the kick off return, the missed block on the guy coming up
the middle that blocked the punt, and the players need to learn the rules about
downing a punt. As far as the errant snap; I was watching that ball take a left
hand turn in the wind. I am sure it surprised the heck out of our punter as he
had to leap after the ball. Don't be so negative arm chair QBs. Grab your
Slurpee and your Cheetos and just enjoy the show. Oh by the way; Derek Shelby
you are the MAN!
Oh, a few more kudos. Nice job everyone playing in very adverse conditions. The
passing and punting game were a joke. Coachs way to adjust to the wind. How
Coleman made those field goals was unbelievable. He must have kicked during a
lull in the wind gusts. Also, great game to John Hayes for getting better on a
week to week basis. You are a gamer. We are counting on you and we know you can
be counted on! John White as always did a great job. Defense you guys are
fantastic, and really scare the heck out of any opponent. The Cal Bears are
about to get skinned!
Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the conference season. Ugly win or not,
this team showed they have the will to win and to do what it takes. Solid D and
mistake free O makes a huge difference. Clean up the special teams and we're
there. Bring on Cal. Go Utes!!