Against a team like USC? Yeah the defense wore out with too many three and outs
by the offense. Time of possession was in USC's favor. Despite
that, Blechen dropped a sure INT in the end zone, that costs Utah points. The
big play (great throw and catch/Hays to Scott) was a huge blow before the half
(TD called back/no points followed because of the missed FG.. Then at 24-21 in
the fourth quarter, Utah has USC pinned deep, and boom an 85 yard TD from
Barkley to Lee. The pick six came next and heartache was on tap.The
defense was not bad but did wear out. They gave up 31 points (the other TD was
on the offense/pick six), but take away the 85 yard one play bomb (which you
can't obviously, and the stats are different). Utah was beat
but they had their opportunities. No moral victories, but improvements were made
at offensive line since the bye week. Also, White IV who has been shaken
mentally and physically, looked like he might get his form back. he ran hard and
Utah will need him the rest of the way.
gdog3finallyYes, Utah missed an interception and a scoring
opportunity on a called back TD, but you're also ignoring the two missed
FGs and two dropped passes for sure TDs that USC missed.Bottom-line:
After USC spotted the Utes 14 points in the first three minutes, USC dominated
Utah, outscoring the Utes 38-7 during the next 56 minutes, before Utah finally
scored a TD in the final minute of the game against USC's 2nd stringers.
Final score was only a 10-point spread, but it could have easily been 24 points.
I agree Utah is playing better, but stop the taking plays away and the game is
different speech. Take away the two 1st Quarter fumbles by USC and the game is
different. Both of those plays were as flukie as the 85 yard pass. I like what
I am seeing from White as well as the play calling by Johnson. Johnson has to
get the ball to the receivers as they are the playmakers and can change the game
and give the Utes a chance.
I really don't think this game was the moral victory krueger and
whittingham want to spin it to be. utah was thoroughly dominated in this game.
The only fluke in it was the final score which made it appear to be closer than
it really was.
@DuckhunterThat's right, I forgot that moral victories are the
exclusive domain of BYU. "I don't care what the scoreboard says...in
my heart I know we won that game" - Brady Poppinga after BYU lost at Boise
State.Bottom line is USC has a better football program than Utah.
I'm still waiting for Duckhunter to admit that there's a better
football program out there than BYU, but I suspect you'll just claim that
BYU keeps "beating themselves."
As I said on another story, those that get off on moral victories, I'm
sorry. That wasn't one last night! We got beat by a superior opponent,
'Nuff said!As for the rest of us, let's let Duckie,
SammyG, etc.,fight it out with Chris B and his other 3 names. They should just
have their own page so the rest of us U and Y fans don't have to be
subjected to their constant diatribe of useless info. These 4-5 guys on each
side kind of make the rest of us who want to have a civil dialog with one
another next to impossible doesn't it?Maybe Sirius/Xm could be
their fix, it worked for Howard Stern. And that's really what these guys
want to do is stir the pot like the original pot stirrer Stern.
Yankeedoodle- I get what you're trying to say about Howard Stern. But, a
better analogy would be to compare these guys to Dino Costa. For those of you
that have listened to him you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
But anyway, I agree with the post. It's usually the few that
make the many stink you know? And I was at the game, and USC was just bigger,
faster and more athletic than the UTES. We better start hitting the recruiting
harder than ever before.
Does anyone else think it's weird they started two freshman inside
linebackers. It seemed that every time the ball was ran past the line and
Blechen wasn't right there, the backers got ran all over. No judgement
passed on them though, they are freshman, that's what's expected. I
just don't know what the coaches were thinking trying out two inexperienced
freshman at such a technical, intellectual position. There's been so much
inconsistency who's out there and who's starting. Maybe the defense
just needs a little more consistency with that position.
@SwoopI do realize USC missed two FGs. Utah also missed one before
the half. But here is the major flaw in what you are saying. How is it that USC
spotted Utah 14 points? Utah took those points. Fakahafua made the strip and
score. Star bull rushed USC's Center and pushed him into Barkley to force
the fumble. Utah then throws a TD pass. If USC spotted Utah 14
points, then how is it that Utah's mistakes don't count as spotting
USC points? Again, i.e. the pick six and Blechen's dropped INT in the
endzone.The game was 24-21 in the fourth quarter and USC made two
huge plays (big plays). USC is the better team. They also are the
evil empire of college sports. USC stands for the University of Spoiled
@utefan87I think what utah needs is some actual talent at that
position. Linebacker is not a position utah has ever been stellar at. I'm
not sure why that is either. They always have quality d linemen and quality d
backs but linebacker, with rare exceptions, has never been more than adequate
and right not they are far less than adequate. It is quite frankly the root of
all their current defensive problems.
While observing how dominant Star Lotulelei was I came up with my formula to
enhance success in college football. #1 - you must be on the field. There were
probably much higher rated recruits sitting on USC bench than Star. #2 - you
must go to a college that will teach and develop skills. #3 - The more games
played in the major market against the "high profile" teams the greater
exposure. #4 - you do not have to play for the best teams in a top conference.
#5 - You do have to do well against those teams. This is the formula that
allowed Star to win the Morris Award as the top defensive lineman in the PAC-12
last year and have him projected as a top 10 (or 5 or number 1) in the pro draft
this year. Congratulations, Star. You "are the man" and a