Just finished watching the game...sadly for the Utes, they ended up on the wrong
end on this one. Disappointing followup to last week's victory; better luck
This is one wacky football conference! Arizona was suppose to be the also-ran
of the league and they just throttle the Utes. Maybe the whole conference
(except Oregon) is overrated. Just when the Utes beat # 5 Stanford and Give #8
UCLA all they want they lose to a horrible WIldcat team. Is it time for Coach
Whit to move on down the road. If he were coaching in Provo and having these
results he'd be on the hot seat every week. I have no idea why this guy is
getting a pass. He makes a boat load of money to WIN games and he's
We lost. Let's not pay attention to regional programs fans whose seasons
were over after week 1. We showed to the world we can play with anyone in the
nation last week. We can also lose any week(given the competition we face).
But I can't think of anyone who wishes we were beating up MWC programs
still. This program is headed in the right direction. We'll welcome any
fans looking to join a program that actually has a future.
Travis Wilson has faced a ton of adversity this year. It should be said that the
loss of his best friend off of the field hurts more than anything. Against
Oregon State Wilson played his guts out but Utah lost 51-48 in overtime when the
winning score went right through Walker's hands for the OSU TD. Oregon
State has since shown themselves to be a good team. Then the sick game (UCLA)
where Wilson was in bed for three days saw him play with heart but throw 6
interceptions (a few of them unlucky). Still, Utah despite being -5 in the
turnover ratio had a potential game tying TD caught by Murphy in the endzone one
shoe length out of bounds. Now tonight, Wilson's hand injury clearly
effected him. Trailing 20-7, Utah had to pull Wilson. Shultz rallied and Utah
again showed heart and toughness, but lost. The three losses have been snake
bitten ones. Phillips finally missed his first FG and that was huge since Utah
was forced to go for it down 28-24 with three minutes left. If it was 28-27, a
chip shot FG would have been the call.
Back to the drawing board for the Utes. I think overall the PAC-12 is much more
competitive than people give credit. Utah will likely drop games to Oregon,
ASU, and my trojans. And I really wouldn't be surprised if WSU wins a
tough one in Pullman. As I've been saying. It won't be until 2016
that Utah is truly in the PAC-12 title hunt.
@FightON,Utah was a field goal away from the Pac 12 title game in
our FIRST season.Yes, USC was ineligible. So even taking that into
account we were a field goal away from being the second best team in the Pac 12
south.Any team that finishes 1,2,3 are "in the hunt" We were in the hunt our firs season.And we will be most
Our rush defense was pretty bad today. Surprised AU ran over us for 300 yard.
Hopefully Wilson recovers quickly. Phillips was anything but clutch. Next up
at USC, another tough game... Life in the PAC-12 isn't easy.
@RockarollaDid you watch the game? Utah did not get throttled. They
lost their third game where victory was a fingernail out of their grasp. The
three losses this year are very tough ones to deal with. An overtime loss to
OSU, a UCLA defeat where Utah lost on the last play when Wilson was sick and
threw 6 INTS. Then tonight Wilson had to come out with a hand that would not
allow him to throw. After a pick 6, Utah came back and lost a close one.The Utes are a good team that is a year away. Wilson has battled
injuries, sickness, and the loss of his best friend (rough go of bad fortune for
him). Jake Murphy and Kenneth Scott are out for the year. The ball is not
bouncing Utah's way but they will grow from this and return most their best
players next year. Utah is a tough minded group despite being
inexperienced. Their desire to win shows in how they play. Utah knew
Wilson's hand was an issue and tried to run the ball the first half (only 9
passes). Trailing two scores changed that approach. Utah rallies but loses.
Here come the excuses
Man alive, some of these comments are pathetic! "If only Wilson wasn't
sick", "he lost his best friend," and my personal favorite,
"Utah lost on the last play when Wilson was sick and threw 6 INTS." Please...Six interceptions! I've never seen anyone take
a moral victory because their team was close, after throwing six picks! Utah has
a losing record in the PAC - again. Get used to it.
Despite the whiny denials, the Utes are well on their way to their third
straight losing PAC 12 season. The one "improvement" for
this season versus their two previous seasons, the Utes didn't start the
season 0-4 in conference. This season, the Utes waited until the 2nd half of the
season to start their 4-game conference losing streak.@Arizona
24-35@USC guaranteed lossASU guaranteed loss (throttle Washington
tonight)@Oregon guaranteed lossto get bowl eligible, the Utes
will have to sweep @WSU and Colorado.
Chris B....... you lost to a colorado team that had not won a road
game in THREE YEARS. I feel sorry for you if you honestly think Utah
had or has any chance at being an elite member of this conference. The south
division was terrible in '11, which is obvious considering only 1 out of
the 6 teams in the Division still has the same head coach. You guys had a great
win at home last week, but your first game out of Utah you get spanked by a team
that my injury stricken trojans handled easily. You are currently 1-3 in
conference play. Come to grips with reality.
Chris BBesides USC, Utah was the only team in the PAC South to
finish with a winning record in 2011, yet even with the PAC South skids greased
for U, with no Oregon or Stanford on the schedule, and USC on probation, U
couldn't win a home game against a 10-loss team that hadn't won a road
game in four years.Pathetic.
@gdog3finally:What game were you watching? Carey had his foot on
the throttle the whole game - and we got throttled! He looked like he was
running track. Our secondary got burned, too. Tonight's offense was as
unimaginative, except for the flea flicker, as last week's game showed
great preparation.Of course we're thrilled to be out of the
MWC, but let's prove we're PAC-12 quality by beating a down SC next
Saturday. That's a winnable game. We know we're losing to Oregon.
ASU owns us like U of A owns us. We can beat USC, WSU, and CU. Go Utes!
Fact: PAC-12 is overrated every year.Fact: Utah sits at the bottom
of the PAC every year.Fact: Coach W should be fired at the end of
the season if not sooner. Can only get his team up to beat BYU and ranked teams
but can't ever beat the average Joe's. Fact: Anyone can
beat a Top 5 team (look at Appalachian St.), even the Jazz can beat the Miami
Heat. Fact: All Chris B talks about is how Utah comes close to being
something great. Close doesn't cut it with the 'big boys'. Enough
talk about the direction the Utes are headed and their potential. Where are they
now?Pac-12 StandingsNORTH CONFOVERALLOregon
4-0 7-0Oregon State 4-0 6-1Stanford 4-1
6-1Washington State 2-3 4-4Washington 1-3
4-3California 0-4 1-6SOUTH CONFOVERALLArizona State 3-1 5-2UCLA 2-1 5-1Arizona 1-2 4-2USC 1-2 4-3*Utah 1-3 4-3Colorado 0-3 3-3
All I hear from Ute fans is how close all of their losses were. Do they even
realize how close their wins were? It took an onside kick and holding call to
beat Utah State and BYU and it took a goal-line stand to beat Stanford? Sure your losses were close ones but so were your wins. You win some and
you lose some like all the other non-contenders. Just think...the Utes are 3
plays away from being 1-6. What happened to the 2004/2008 teams that were really
good? Oh wait...that was MWC recruiting wasn't it?The only
teams worthy of contender status are:AlabamaOregonFlorida
StateOhio StateAnd that should be your 4 team playoff.
There is a very realistic scenario out there, that Utah will not be playing in a
bowl game again this year. Utah can't beat the mediocre Pac 12 teams and
since Utah struggles on the road (@USC @Oregon @WSU), I wouldn't be
surprised if Utah's game against Colorado is their bowl game....once again.
Rockarolla is a troll, guys. He is not to be taken seriously. Another heartbreaking loss. These will start bouncing the Ute's way (like
last week). They are definitely competitive with every team they have played and
a whisker away from winning. Each year a little more progress is made.
Tough loss for the Utes who are really just a few plays away from a special
season. Congratulations to the Cougar fans who have, until now shown nothing
but class on this board.
Wow Utah what happened , After last week you were going to run the
Table and smell the Roses. Now you will be staying home and sniff the dandelions
Bummer! Such a disappointing loss after the thrilling victory against the
Cardinals! I really thought they were going to pull it off after they came back
and take the lead in the 2nd half. It's the classic example of life in the
trenches of competitive sports. One weekend you're on a high experiencing
the thrill of victory and the next you're writhing in the agonizing pain of
defeat. But like I said many times before, the only cure all is winning, just
like with my Cougars. Hope the Utes will bounce back, which I know they will.
The season is not all lost as of yet! There's still a chance, especially
if they win out the rest of their games which I think it's very doable.
I'd like to see them go bowling post season!Go Cougars! Go
Utes! Go Aggies!
Coulda, shoulda, wouldaUtes lost
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The PAC-12 has been a
disaster for the Utes. They are CLEARLY in completely over their heads. They
may not win another game.
RockarollaWest Jordan, UT"This is one wacky football conference!
Arizona was suppose to be the also-ran of the league and they just throttle the
Utes."And your point is? Yeah, we beat Stanford, but even a
broken clock is right twice a day. Arizona IS the also-ran of the league. Er, at
least they were...
Hope your quarterback is back by the fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. I want
to see whos quarterback is the better passer at the end of the year. Look on
the bright side at least in San Francisco the crowd will probably be rooting
against BYU if not for Utah. To your credit you messed up Stanfords march
to the PAC 10+2 south title. Hope you opened the door enough for Arizona. I
want to get tickets on the Arizona side from their marketing director. It sure
was fun watching the game from the broadcast booth.
Incredibly physical game last night. I was shocked there weren't multiple
concussions. The Pac-12 is intensely competitive and I suspect that Arizona
will go on to have a significant amount of success this year. Watching them
play, I can't imagine how they have lost two two games. As for
the Utes, more problems at qb. Hopefully, Wilson recovers quickly and the line
can give him and/or Shulz more protection.Tough, tough, game Utes.
Serves utah right for being so cocky thinking they'd win the PAC after
barely beating Stanford who had midterms that week. A nice piece of humble
pumpkin pie always does the trick.Baby Chris,Any team that
finishes 1,2,3 are "in the hunt" Utah will always be in the
hunt? Utah is down in the basement with Colorado. You are right, a hunt for
the basement will always be Utah's hunting season. Next up, USC, to see
who will remain in the basement. USC's defense is stellar. Pretty sure
it's clear who remains in the dark, cold basement.
Such are the perils of PAC play. Week after week of quality competition. Utes
will bounce back.And as a matter of clarification and/or correction
lifelong ute, the only regional programs in the Utah and intermountain market
area are those at public institutions.
Disappointing loss, but despite it, I still believe Utah will get 6 wins and go
bowling this year. 6 wins with their tough schedule is an improvement over last
year. Here is how I analyze their remaining games:At USC - On paper
pretty even. USC might have a slight edge playing on their home field, but
it's a toss up.Arizona State - Arizona St. is a better team.
But Utah has the home field advantage. I say toss up. At Oregon -
Toughest game of the year, by far. LossAt Washington St. - On paper
pretty even. Washington St might have a slight edge playing on their home
field, but it's a toss up. Colorado - PAC-12 basement team.
This "should be" a win for Utah. So, I think Utah will beat
Colorado and at least one of the "loss up" games and finish 6-6.
Winning two of the "toss-up" games would be overachieving and probably
the best case scenario for a 7-5 record. Losing all of the "toss up"
games and ending 5-7 would be underachieving and a tragic disappointment. So,
if I were betting money, I'd put it on the 6-6 record.
Didn't love the play calling late when we got the ball back. To try a field
goal instead of go for it was a "play not to lose" approach. You have
to go for it in that situation with barely 4 minutes left. Even if they
didn't convert, they were no worse off than the missed field goal. Utes have given up a touchdown on the opening drive of every PAC 12
opponent this year. The defense played very well early in the 2nd half, but
they don't show up to start games. The offense had success
running bubble screens last week and they only ran 3-4 of them this game. They
should be doing max protect on that left side as they have gotten burned all
season, yet they left Poutasi alone much of the night with no backside help. The
offense has no identify at all.
At least the Game was on the PAC 12 network so most of america didn't have
to watch it!!!
Those of you expressing dismay at the lack of effort by Utah compared to last
week should realize this is a typical Whittingham coaching performance: Play
like world-beaters one week, then lose to bottom-feeders the next. This has
been a hallmark of his entire coaching career.When the Utes were in
the MWC Whitt could get away with it because the game after a TCU or Air Force
or a BCS opponent would be with a cushy-soft Wyoming or Colorado State or UNLV.
The Utes could stumble around in the first half of those games but still recover
in time to win, and could gather 7 or 8 wins each season without too much
trouble.In the PAC-12 he doesn't have that luxury, and it
shows. Whitt has to finally figure out how to prepare for every game, instead
of saving all of his preparation for BYU and the nationally-ranked teams and
assuming they can just show up and win the rest.
CB,The thing the utes will begin the hunt for is the bottom of the
conference, again. WSU thanks u for joining the conference so they no longer
bring up the rear.Wasn't this the year the utes were going to win the
south? I wrote it down so it must be true.The PAC is sliding every week
and will soon be a mediocre conference so nothing to brag about.Arizona is
an average team in an average conference and they took it to the utsies.
Chris B.Could you please look into your "Chris-tal Ball" and
see what the prediction is down the road.I need to mark something down.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses. When your only goal is beating Weber State then your
ceiling is pretty low.
ricwhite-way to go out on a ledge with your predictions. Toss-up, toss-up,
loss, toss-up, should win. Hopefully we get points for toss-up's like
We are awesome.MARK IT DOWN!We will for sure win the rest of our
games and win the pac 12 south.MARK IT DOWN!We win go to the rose
bowl and beat Ohio St.MARK IT DOWN!Then we will beat the broncos in
the super bowl.MARK IT DOWN!Right Chris?
chrisb - stanford was a fluke. don't let your ego get too big
The Utes are clearly better than the Wildcats. Just a fluke game. Still going
to the Rose Bowl this year! Onward and Upward! The Cougars can
enjoy their success as a regional team, while Utah is a national brand and an
Chris B. I love your optimism and clever posts, don't ever change.BYU fan.
@gdogGive it up my friend, excuses are like....well you know what
they are like, everybody has one, or in this case it seems like you have a lot
of them. utah "fans" were posting all week that ariz is a "bad
team", a "bad defense", a "sure win", etc. The only thing
that seems sure to me is that utah will have another losing record in the
pac12. Now you can take offense to that, call me a troll, whatever, but it
doesn't change the truth of it. utah is what we said it is.
@ Chris B:Yet another mark-it-down miss that your selective memory
will soon forget. It's truly humorous to see you having to resort to living
years in the past when only half way thru this season. Sometimes reality really
bites. And even more-so when your nemesis is excelling at the same time your own
team is floundering.It's no wonder whatsoever that Ute fans
don't want a rematch with BYU. I wouldn't either if I was a Ute
fan.@ Ricardo:And only a few plays away from a Weber
State only season.
@Snack PACDespite the whiny denials, the Utes are well on their way to
their third straight losing PAC 12 season.The one
"improvement" for this season versus their two previous seasons, the
Utes didn't start the season 0-4 in conference.---------------Nope. Utah has been comparative in every game this
year, win or lose. In all 4 PAc-12 games it came down to the wire. Yes we are
1-4 but I for one see improvement, IMO we are on the correct path. Utah finished MWC: 33-6 ... in PAC 12: 8-5, 5-7, 4-3TCU finished MWC:
36-3 ... in the Big 12: 7-6, 3-4 BYU finished MWC: 28-11 ... 10-3, 8-5,
5-2Please tell us why you think all of a sudden BYU is better?
@TatorsIt's no wonder whatsoever that Ute fans don't want
a rematch with BYU. I wouldn't either if I was a Ute fan.-----------Stop begging for a rematch. A "legacy" program
with a national brand and ESPN exposure has to beg for a rematch?Utah played its worst game of the season. The front seven on defense were
atrocious (300 yards rushing allowed while averaging 137 per game), Mr Clutch
missed 2 FGs when he was 100% in the first half of the season, offense was
abysmal. Yet on the road in the PAC-12 we were still able to
compete. This could have easily should have been a blow out like Washington
(7-6) 17 @Arizona 52 last season.I'm disappointing in the loss,
but we need to move on to USC. Lets hope Wilson comes back, otherwise we could
be in for a long game.
It is Stanford Cardinal. They are not like Louisville, St. Louis or the
NFL's Arizona. Cardinal! Come on now! lol Does even one Forbes 2013 list
agree with 'Utah is an academic 'powerhouse'? I saw where ... I
ain't gonna argue with the insolent. A regional team beat Texas rather
soundly with the most explosive rushing performance ever faced by them. They
then not too many weeks later went ahead and beat ranked Oklahoma. Houston was
previously undefeated and only ... Why am I here? I ain't arguing with you
grannies! Bottom line is that U are not the worshipable institution your red
colored glasses would have you like to think you are. Bottom line is that
regardless of conference affiliation or elitist alignment good teams simply win!
They don't hide behind 'level of competition' excuses.
Mississippi finally beat LSU... Auburn found a way to beat Manziel... UCF beat
#8 Louisville. Good teams simply win! They don't need phrases or conference
affiliation to justify losses. It is better to be independent than cellar
dwelling in a conference!
"Please tell us why you think all of a sudden BYU is better?"Current Coaches/AP/Sagarin#35/#37/#28 BYU(5-2) #24 SOSur/#33/#35
Utah(4-3) #5 SOSBYU is trending up, with four straight wins. Taysom
Hill is now #25 in passing yards per game and has climbed to #92 in passing
efficiency, with ratings of 155.7, 158.5, and 161.9 in his last three games.Utah is trending down, with three losses in their last five games.
Travis Wilson is now #34 in passing yards per games and has finished well below
Taysom in passing efficiency rating with 9 interceptions and ratings of 92.7,
139.0, and 39.6 in his last three games.
I wanna destroy the 1-4 is better than the first two seasons 0-4... But, we can
not and will not look at the winning side of the equation because for save very
few all those victories came against the teams you knock most... The
NDSU's... The Montana State... The Utah State... The BYU... The Weber
State... If it wasn't for your out of conference schedule, each of the past
three years would be losing seasons! I am talking 2011-2013... And... It is not
yet promised that Utah will win even one more game.. I can think of two that are
almost assured losses... And... Well... CU 2011 is a reminder as to why there
are no clear guaranteed wins!
UteologyWho's "begging" for a rematch? The
truth is IF the Utes manage to qualify for a bowl, they won't have any say
whatsoever in which bowl they go to - the Utes will go exactly where
they're sent, a gladly so, even if it's to the New Mexico Bowl versus
I wish we could just play byu every week.
I always thought Ron McBride had some very good teams, but every year there were
just enough silly mistakes, poor clock management, and various mental lapses
that seemed to cost them 2-3 games per year. I always thought that with
discipline those could be very good, top quality teams. Then Urban Meyer showed
up and proved me right. Coach Whit seemed to harness that
discipline in 2008, but now the Utes seem to be in the same state of silly
mistakes and mental lapses that cost them 2-3 games per year. They seem to
prepare and play with discipline only when they play BYU, and this year they
also put it together for Stanford. I think the Utes are a very
dangerous team when they prepare for a disciplined contest. As a BYU fan, I
would love to see a BYU-Utah matchup in the bowl game. I believe my Cougars
have improved, and would show the Utes' last victory was a fluke. Problem
is, I've thought that for three seasons in a row and have been disappointed
every year. Why can't the Utes get ready for all their games like
they're playing BYU?
An entire season of alternately playing byu and Weber State would be perfect.
I only read a few comments before getting sick of hearing BYU fans, such as
"snack pac" talk a bunch of trash on Utah.What is the point?
Utah lost, they struggled in key areas, such as Phillips missing two field goals
and Wilson throwing to picks and then getting taken out due to injury, and just
not playing good enough to win.We lost to a good team, unfortunate,
but that is life for a newer school in a tough conference.I just
wonder why BYU fans keep ragging on Utah fans for commenting on their
team's articles when their own fans do it on Utah articles.When
will you all let the ANNOYING trash talk end? It is clearly not part of the
rivalry, seeing as how that game ended a few weeks ago.I also think
it is funny snack pac thinks USC is a guaranteed loss for Utah, I am pretty sure
he said or would have said the exact same thing about Stanford. Oregon is a
close as a guarantee as you can get, but everyone else is winnable, just really
tough to beat
@Truth MachineAnd you think TCU and Utah, the teams that OWN you,
wouldn't be trending upward against these teams?Sagarin #115
Middle Tennessee 37-10 W#40 @Utah State (with an injured Keeton) 31-14
W#33 Georgia Tech 38-20 W#50 Houston 47-26 WAs I said,
Utah went 33-6 and TCU 36-3 when playing that type of schedule. Both teams can
handle your schedule, that's a proven fact. Both teams have struggled with
tougher schedules:AP #28 Oregon State 48-51 OT L#12 UCLA 34-27
L#8 Stanford 27-21 WSagarin #34 @Arizona 35-24 L#7 LSU
37-27 L#10 Texas Tech 20-10 L#17 Oklahoma 20-17 L#19 Oklahoma
State 24-10 L"Who's "begging" for a rematch?
"Hmm, Cougar Nation, just read the posts. Yes, if we make a
bowl we will gladly play any opponent, even BYU. But why would Ute Nation want
a rematch with a team that we clearly OWN? Maybe Texas might want a rematch
@DuckhunterI never said Utah would beat Arizona. I didn't even
predict anything about Utah winning at all. I thought Arizona presented match up
issues and posted that mid week. I was commenting on factors in the
loss. It's true Phillips missed two FGs and Wilson's hand was an
issue. Arizona won but that doesn't stop me (like you as well) from venting
on losses. Arizona is not the better team because of things like
Vegas odds (even though they get it right so often). I give Arizona the edge
because they won. No excuses. But what about when Utah beats BYU and blue fans
keep telling us they were the better team. It cuts both ways. As for the fans
you are addressing. I don't have a problem with what you said, it's
applicable to many Ute fans, but not me. Maybe you should follow that with BYU
loses. Stop with the Sagarin ratings and wins versus opponents that aren't
relative for inductive comparisons. BYU is better than Virginia but
they lost. I think they are better than Houston but a blowing leaf in the wind
could have changed the outcome.
Re: Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UTWe lost. Let's not pay
attention to regional programs fans whose seasons were over after week 1. We
showed to the world we can play with anyone in the nation last week. We can also
lose any week(given the competition we face). But I can't think of anyone
who wishes we were beating up MWC programs still. This program is headed in the
right direction. We'll welcome any fans looking to join a program that
actually has a future.Who exactly is the regional program here? One
that just played their first game outside of the state of Utah, and made the
long trip to, wait for it..., Arizona? On a station that very few in the country
have to even see the game? Or the one that has road games in every time zone
against teams like Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Houston, and Virginia and home
contests with Texas, Georgia Tech, Boise State, etc., all on national
television? It seems pretty clear to me who is the regional program vs. the
Hey Chris B, I "marked it down".What happened?
UteologyYour whiny excuse making conveniently ignore the fact that
Sagarin already includes SOS in his ratings, and he still rates BYU #28 and Utah
#35.It's laughable that you're constantly bringing up TCU
as your standard for mediocrity in a power conference. Sorry, but Utah
doesn't even compare to TCU, yet BYU has been much more competitive against
TCU, than U.The last time BYU faced TCU, the final was 28-38 at
TCU.The last time Utah faced TCU, the final was 7-47 at Utah.btw, NOBODY is "begging" for a rematch with Utah, but, unlike Utah,
BYU isn't scared of a rematch with the Utes.
I'm so depressed. Maybe it's time for some chocolate.
@ TheSportsAuthorityNobody on Utah's team has ever lost to BYU.
What exactly are they afraid of?
well no doubt about it the Utes are playing a big boy schedule. Cowboy up and
put on your big boy pants or there will be no more wins for the year
@TheSportsAuthorityYour whiny excuse making conveniently ignore the
fact that Sagarin already includes SOS in his ratings, and he still rates BYU
#28 and Utah #35.---------------So you're saying
that Sagarin rankings prove that BYU could compete in the PAC 12 or Big 12?
Good one! News Flash:The last time you played TCU, Andy
Dalton was in the NFL and you played at a neutral site in 2011. We never played
that team. ]The team that beat us 7-47 was ranked #2 in the nation,
that same team handled BYU 31-3. When was the last time you beat
TCU? Oh wait, you're 0-4 against them as well.Let's try
your logic: The last time BYU faced Sanford, the final was 37-10
(Stanford was 4-7). I don't want to make you cry so I
won't bring up what happened the last time we played Stanford. ..................................Bottom Line:Utah
played its worst game of the season and lost to Arizona.Go UTES!
2ferMore than a dozen players on Utah's 2013 roster LOST to BYU
in 2009, including Trevor Reilly, Latu Heimuli, and Sean Fitzgerald.The Utes know they were lucky to win 2 of the last 3 and they know that the
Utes might not be so lucky in a rematch.
bhahaha, Stanford was a fluke we all knew it. chris B you doing okay, what
predictions you got for us this week hmmm?
Detractors from tds possibly didn't even watch the game. Easy to toss
criticisms around on a weekend when the ball bounced your way (as in, right off
the chest of a Houston receiver for a would-be touchdown that would have won the
game for the Texas team), and away from the Utes, who lost more than just the
game. Interesting, still, that the rants are coming from 0-4 royal smurf blue
"fans."On to USC. Hopefully either TW's hand heals
quickly, or Schulz puts it on himself not to be the next Jon Hays...
@ SamuraiDid you watch the BYU game?IT was a two point conversion he
dropped (would have created overtime).I hope Travis Wilson's hand
Utah has got to start winning these games - Arizona, Arizona State , Oregon
State, Cal. The Stanford win would have been even better had the U beat Arizona
but the Arizona loss sort of puts a wet blanket on things again.
@Lifelong Ute"We showed to the world we can play with anyone in the
nation last week."Problem was, the world didn't notice.
They reported it as Stanford was obviously overrated. And then you followed that
up with a lackluster effort and let Carey march all over your defense for 200+
yds for the 2nd year in a row. There was no energy from the Utah
Defense or Offense. It's probably too much to expect Utah to get up
emotionally for a 3rd week in a row. Whittingham needs to figure out a better
trick for getting his teams to play hard. Relying on emotion is a bit fickle and
hard to maintain. This was a game that Utah should have won and an opponent that
was tailor made for them. Are we looking at another letdown game next week vs
USC?Kyle's record in conference games during the
"letdown" month following the BYU Bowl now stands at 1-9 and his record
in the month after that is a robust 7-3. Good thing for Kyle they quit on the
rivalry. The emotional cost was too heavy.
@gdogFair enough but the way you talked abut the missed FG's
comes off as an excuse. He missed them because he isn't as good as he was
being made out to be. Frankly no one is that good, no one makes every FG every
time so if anything him missing a couple of them should have been expected, it
was going to happen at some point.I only saw the second half of the
game as I went out to eat with my wife but from what I saw arizona was the
superior team in every way, and the half I saw was apparently utah's better
half. utah benefitted from an unforced turnover on the muffed punt and only had
to "drive" the ball about 15 yards for one td, they scored the other on
a trick play, it was a good play but trick plays usually indicate an inability
to get things done through the normal offense. Personally I saw
nothing to indicate utah was really competitive in that game, arizona appeared
to drive the ball on the gorund at will and also complete passes when they
really needed to complete them.
@DuckhunterApparently you weren't paying attention to the
scoreboard: 2nd half - Utah 17 UA 15Unforced turnovers, missed field
goals, missed tackles, penalties, injuries... ALL show up on the scoreboard. The last time our starting QB got injured in a PAC-12 game we took a
beating. This time we were still able to compete. That's an opinion
backed by the scoreboard."Utah failed to follow up its big win
last week with a win on the road. Perhaps the most shocking of all ... Andy
Phillips missed! Twice! Gasp! Strange things were certainly afoot in Week
8...Give Utah credit. With starting quarterback Travis Wilson sidelined for the
second half, the Utes battled back behind Adam Schulz and took the lead in the
third quarter. But Carey and his 236 yards on the ground proved to be too
much." -- ESPN But you are right, Arizona was better and
Utah played its worst game of the season. Utah won't win anymore PAC-12
games if we play like we did that game. The good thing is we have
another chance to fix the problems at USC!Go UTES!
@BigCougarKyle's record in conference games during the
"letdown" month following the BYU Bowl now stands at 1-9 and his record
in the month after that is a robust 7-3. Good thing for Kyle they quit on the
rivalry. The emotional cost was too heavy.------------Winning BYU's Super Bowl has nothing to do with it.The fact
is that Utah plays the weaker PAC-12 teams (aka bottom feeders) at the end of
the season: 6-8 UCLA, 3-9 Washington State, 1-11 Colorado, etc.Nice
try, but BYU is irrelevant in how we perform in the PAC-12.
@besmart:Yes, I watched the game, and you are correct, he dropped
the two-point conversion pass. But my point was that if the catch was made,
Houston wins by a point, not overtime.
Chris BMark it down BYU 5 and 2 one game away from bowl elgibility
with 5 to goUtah 4 and 3 and looking for two more wins and after that last
performance not even C U is a cinch. Don't save any vacation for a December
@uteology"Apparently you weren't paying attention to the
scoreboard: 2nd half - Utah 17 UA 15"Uh.....apparently I was.
Here is what I said."utah benefitted from an unforced turnover
on the muffed punt and only had to "drive" the ball about 15 yards for
one td, they scored the other on a trick play, it was a good play but trick
plays usually indicate an inability to get things done through the normal
offense."utah did nothing offensively in the second half outside
of that trick play, go ahead and check the stats. And trick plays are usually
desperation plays, like in this instance, they weren't doing anything
offensively and had to resort to a trick play to get some points, once again it
was a good play, but it showed what they had to do to score as they never did
score on anything resembling a real drive. I understand the desire
to find some positives but the truth is utah played poorly in every phase of
this game, offense, defense, and special teams. The fact they were playing
another poor team made it close, but it doesn't change what it is. Sorry to give you the truth.
@UteologyHow come you're forgetting the Final score? that's the
only score that counts right? Who cares if the Utes made it a game? They still
@samurai JackIf he catches the two point then BYU kicks the extra point to
tie the game.BYU went for two and didnt get it.
It looks as if Utah is on a win against really good teams, and lose against the
struggling ones season. Therefore the SC game could be a problem. However, the
UTES have not lost two in a row, so that should be a positive.