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Utah football: Ute offense falters in 19-3 loss to USC inside the Coliseum

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  • kevo Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    Very sad. Playing an injured QB. Sounds like what BYU went through last year with Riley Nelson playing with brusied rib, broken back and who knows what else.

    Hopefully the bye week will give him time to heal up.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    didn't someone mark it down?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    I think the cushion on Kyle Whittinghams seat is officially getting very hot. I like Whit but he has not proven an ability to handle the big lights and flash of the PAC12.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs

    KW is safe this year because he beat BYU again. That is all that matters to a large portion of the Utah fanbase. It is the next two years when the rivalry takes a hiatus that KW could be in jeopardy is he cant turn things around in Pac-12 play.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    This season is a huge letdown. All four losses have been painful because either Utah should have won or they lost largely as a result of Travis Wilson's hand situation.

    Utah is a way better football team than their record shows. The injuries overall and Travis Wilson's struggles have crushed Utah's season the last two weeks. It's too bad. Wilson has the ability but it seems it's not meant to be for him this year.

    The defense did everything needed to win and the offense was beyond horrible. The only reason USC scored the 19 points they did was because the offense handed those points over and Utah was -4 in the turnover margin.

    What does Whitt do? What can he do? I don't think Conner Manning's redshirt should be pulled. Adam Shultz is who he is (limited). And I doubt Wilson will recover this year.

    Another blown season.

    Utah blew their first two years in the PAC by gambling on Wynn's shoulder while offensive talent was wasted. Now they have playmakers and a QB, but Wilson is shot and the too many playmakers are out for the year. It really stinks.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Too bad for Utah. They missed anothER opportunity to show why they are not the doormat of the PAC 12. As I said earlier BYU was their bowl game.

  • Sasquatch Vancouver, WA
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    The Utes may have won the first leg but BYU is winning the marathon. Don't worry Chris B we'll send you a postcard from San Fransisco.

  • AZ Cougar Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    @Kevo

    It has nothing to do with an injured QB. Now that Utah is in the Pac12, all their recruits are 5-star, blue chip players. And all their new Pac12 revenue gives them a huge edge in training facilities and player development. So their backup QB is WAY better than anyone backing up Riley Nelson.

    Utah's problem is they are so great now, they can't get motivated for any game unless it's a top ten opponent like Stanford, or their annual bowl game against BYU.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    When Utah beat Stanford two weeks ago, I thought for sure the Utes would win at least 7 regular season games and possibly have an outside chance to win 8.

    I predicted the Utes would possibly play in the Sun Bowl or maybe the Alamo Bowl.

    Now?

    The Utes will be lucky if they can win 6 games. The Washington State game looks to be the one which will decide whether or not the Utes got to a bowl game.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    I marked it down. Utah is extremely lucky to have the record they have. At this point 2-6 would be much more representative of the current status of their program.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Looking more and more like the Stanford game was an anomaly.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Uncle Rico,

    As it is every year.

    The Utes could go 1-11, and feel that their season was successful if they beat BYU.....Only at the u could this happen.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Ouch. 3 points. That is an embarrassment. I even had it marked down.

    The Utes need to win at least 6 games so there is an outside chance of a BYU/Utah rematch but at this rate I don't think Utah will be bowling.

    What ever happened to the King?

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    cheer up ute fans, your bowl game was in Sept. Your back where you belong, play one important game a year BYU.

    "You're who we thought you were"

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    gdog3finally

    West Jordan, Utah

    This season is a huge letdown. All four losses have been painful because either Utah should have won or they lost largely as a result of Travis Wilson's hand situation.
    ===

    Call them what they are. Losses.

    The Utes have only beat down one team this year. Weber...

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    Game with CU will be to see if the Utes win six games and go to the New Mexico Bowl? Don't Ute fans pan BYU for playing for the New Mexico bowl?

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    Don't mean to pile on but if the tables were turned you can bet that the first 10 posts would be by Chris B, taunting the Cougars. Fortunately for all of us on both sides Chris B will not be heard from for some time. See? There is a silver lining even in a loss.

    Well there is always basketball.....oh wait. There is always skiing.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Way to represent the state. 3 points over a medicore team? Really? Chris promised a win.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    We now know that the utes are not as good as USC's third string. At least not today.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    I really thought the Utes had turned the tide with the big win against Stanford, but 6-6 looks like best case scenario. If the Utes don't get a bowl invite, Whit will start to feel the heat; but his job is safe for now . . . unless the Buffs blowout the Utes. Although a bowless season this year and next, and Whit will have to get his resume out.

    I really hope the Utes steal a win against ASU and WSU. No chance against the Ducks. And beating the Buffs should be as easy as beating the Wildcats.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    What happened? Wilson looked horrible and Schulz couldn't do a thing.

  • Mr. Caveman Omaha, NE
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    "6-6 looks like best case scenario"

    Best, but not most likely. Colorado may be their only win (emphasis on may). Couch Potato Bowl is close to inviting Utah. They love to invite teams they don't want to see play on TV.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    Whit will not play BYU again. Unless he is coaching a team other than Utah. Mark it down.

  • slcftball Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    Sorry folks....like I said yesterday...if the Utes can't beat a down and depleted USC this year....they may never beat them.

    I give U a W against Colorado...but you will have to earn that 6th win....good luck

  • KTar Boise, ID
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    Lets keep it classy Cougars. I feel bad for the Utes. I know how it feels to watch an injured QB struggle against mediocre opponents... not fun. A bowl game is still within reach. Anything can happen any given in week in college football, that's why we watch the sport. I'm hoping the Utes win out and become something more than the bottom feeders of the conference they belong to.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    BYU fans, leave the utes alone. You wouldn't like it if we were having a bad year like that. Go COUGS

  • Dave Matthews Sammamish, WA
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    Most programs that really want to compete at the highest level would have fired their coach with four losses. Just look at USC who has a better record. Their coach canned. Too bad the U reveres Whitt so much with a win in the Sugar Bowl and a 4 game streak over BYU. I think it will take a loss to BYU to finally fire coach Whitt. His best bet to keep his job is to hope that he does not get bowl eligable and get sent to SF to play the Y in a bowl game this year. He will be safe for three more seasons if he stays under six wins this year.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:33 p.m.

    @KTar

    @USNGary

    I feel bad for the true Ute fans, but not the pretend Ute fans.

    A pretend Ute fan is one who can name Kyle Van Noy's girlfriend, but can't name any of the Ute linebackers.

    A pretend Ute fan is one who knows the score of every Ute win against BYU, but only knows about half the scores of Utah's bowl games.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    I want to feel bad for the Utes, I really do. But after all of the laughable schmack Chrissy B has shoveled all year I just can't find it in me to shed a single tear. Smiles come easily though.

    "5 of 14 passes for 51 yards" It wasn't that long ago that Chrissy was telling us how efficient Taysom Hill was. Guess that oft repeated taunt isn't as funny to her any more. Hey Chrissy, what's Travis' TD to TO ratio lately?

    The best active QB in the state of Utah, hands down, played on Friday night this week. No question about it.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    Note to gleeful cougar fans---mocking which includes phrases like "the only important game you've won besides Stanford is when you beat us for the fourth time in a row, which you only did because it means so much more to you than it does to us" is a bit weak in the old taunting department. Think about what you're saying.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    From earlier today:
    Two of top three running backs out for USC

    Two top tight ends out

    All American marquis lee out.

    No excuse to lose. And we won't.

    Utah 27
    USC 24

    King Phillips for win with field goal

    Where's that delete button when you need it huh Chris?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    I thought about going to Tulsa...
    So many things to write...
    200 words does not scratch the surface...
    Here's hoping WSU and CU are more pathetic than UTAH.
    Go UTES.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Woulda, shoulda, couldn't win.

    Since we won the Stanford came that we shouldn't have won and lost the Arizona and USC games that we should have won, perhaps we'll win the ASU game that we shouldn't win. After that, we'll need to win two should-win games at WSU and at home against CU.

  • ricwhite Layton, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    Utes have two weeks. Let Wilson heal his hand. They should be VERY motivated on their home field against Az St. They also have a chance against Washington St. and Colorado. I still think they will get to 6-6 and go bowling - and with this very difficult schedule this year, that's a good improvement over last year's 5-7.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    From earlier today:
    "I am warming up to the idea of playing byu in our bowl game"

    Now that's just down right funny, no matter who you are. Her and other ute fans scoffed that the Fight Hunger Bowl was beneath even last years' bowl absence for the kids on the hill. Now she's "warming up" to the idea. That's the best laugh of the day so far. She better warm up to the idea of consecutive bowl-less seasons. But hey, she loves her BCS membership. Mark it down.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    Utah May not win another game if they continue to play this way. No QB no offense. Nice to see so many BYU fans showing their true colors and lack of class.

  • Mr. Caveman Omaha, NE
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    "Nice to see so many BYU fans showing their true colors and lack of class."

    Give me a break. Even when BYU wins ute fans flood BYU blogs. When they lose it's worse. You are on BYU blogs plenty so stop the hypocrisy.

  • Trouble Vancouver, WA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    I hope the bye week helps the the Utes turn things around. I'd really like to see them in a bowl game this year.

    Also, please note that there's no such thing as an unclassy BYU fan. Those are contradictory terms.

    Utes and Cougars rock the bye week!

  • pac12ute4life Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    BYU fans are just jealous their school isn't a national brand in a power conference. Did you see how many Utah fans filled up the Coliseum? No way BYU fans can pull something like that off outside of Utah.

    The Utes should have won all of their games - they were the best team on the field each time, but back luck and injuries did them in. Keep an eye out for the Oregon game - if the Utes are on their game, they can play with anyone. In a healthy year, buy your tickets to the Rose Bowl!!!

    Onward and Upward!!!!

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Xert, so is that different than the same old we beat you four years in row or we are mightier because we are in the PAC 12. If utah had actually done anything it would be different. You haven't so the utes only can get up for BYU. truth hurts huh?

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    @Spokane Ute:

    "Classy" BYU fans are just like "classy" U fans: it's easy to kick someone when down and hard to resist kicking back when you've been down and kicked like so many on both sides of Point of the Mountain do consistently.

    Most of us U fans are hugely disappointed that our team isn't progressing from game to game or season to season, the revolving door offensive coordinator position, inconsistent QB play (mostly attributable to injuries), no depth at the QB position, coachspeak about coming out flat (Whitt's "million dollar question" from last week's press conference that remains unanswered by our million dollar coach and his staff), inability to identify a running back who can stay in the groove for more than a series or two, etc.

    Losing to U of A is one thing; losing to USC in its current state is an order of magnitude worse. USC was playing with Sports Information Dept. interns for crying out loud! Third stringers as Chris B wrote this morning.

    Can't wait to hear this week's excuses.

    The way I see it, we're just not that good and not getting better.

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    @pac12ute4life

    Loved the sarcasm! Here's to a healthy, happy New Year...some year soon! Us classy Y fans in SoCal really want to don our red gear at the Rose Bowl on January 1st whenever and give you some Pasadena love.

  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    Tom in CA: "Looking more and more like the Stanford game was an anomaly."

    I wouldn't say anomaly, just an "any given night" thing, of course with the utes at home and/or in-state. Notice how they finally hit the road and don't do nearly as well? Good thing they are trying to buy some bball wins with all but one non-conf at home.

    Spokane Ute, look up classless in the dictionary, it says "see University of Utah fan."

    pac12ute4life: "BYU fans are just jealous their school isn't a national brand ... Did you see how many Utah fans filled up the Coliseum? No way BYU fans can pull something like that off outside of Utah."

    That's one of the funnier things I've read in a while. "national brand"? LOL! BYU draws well throughout the country, latest example @Houston. Also, I watch BYU on ESPN every week, can't watch the utes 'cause I have DirectTV. LOL.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    Utah was out coached. A week after we came out flat, we role the dice with an injured QB? That makes as much sense as hiring a new OC every year.

    Apparently the only person that thought Wilson could throw was Kyle. What an inept game plan. I guess Kyle didn't learn a lesson from the Wynn years.

    This was embarrassing. It's one thing to lose but not have your team ready to play for two straight weeks? That's on the coach.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    @pac12ute4life

    "BYU fans are just jealous their school isn't a national brand in a power conference."

    Its pretty comical to classify you as a national brand! What? nobody the the kiddies on the hill believe the utes to be a national brand. even more, most people don't even have a clue the utes are even in the pac12. they still think its the pac 10, which in reality it really is.

    quit bein silly buddy

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Am I detecting some dissatisfaction with the Ute coaching? Not surprised.

    Imagine what the comments are going to be in 3 weeks?

    Perfect weekend thus far for football!

    Go Cougars!
    Go USC third stringers!
    Go Mizzou!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    At the start of the season I said if Utah is a horrible team, which we were today, then we win 3-4 games at most:

    1. Weber State
    2. @BYU
    3. Colorado
    4. Utah State

    So if we continue playing like we did today look for one more win against Colorado, maybe.

    The defense looks legit, specially against the run, the offense looks like it's going backwards, #109 ranked offense 2011 and #105 2012.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    It's hard to understand Utah's inconsistency. But don't pile on, Cougar fans, just because of a few trolls who embarrass even the Utah faithful.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    My my my. The level of bitterness by the Ute partisans is something to read.

    First of all, Chris B. has provoked every negative comment from Y posters. He dishes it out "first" on every article and it doesn't matter if it's a Utah article, he includes smack about BYU. So don't give us this "no class" baloney or else you're all hypocrites. Several of the Utes have piled on. Example: Texas was crummy and Stanford was great.

    Here's one for you: Two weeks in a row---BYU wins, Utah loses.

    Utah is 1 - 4 in PAC 12 play so far. In three seasons they've managed 8 wins. They may not get 10 total in 3 years and will likely go bowling at Orchard Lanes again this year.

    Lucky for U you played BYU in September this year and not November.

    Why is every Ute saying the Colorado game is a gimme? Have you forgotten two years ago?

    I agree the BYU win kept Whit's job safe for another year.....by achieving Utah's real goal.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Everyone, can't you tell pac4life is really a BYU fan making fun of some utah fans.....

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    Watching the PAC 12 Network to see the UCLA-Oregon game, the conference promo mentioned that the PAC 12 has more "national championships" - "way more" - than any other conference, so they 'truly are the conference of champions.' One might ask how many Arizona, Washington State, or Colorado have in football or Utah in any sport. (In fact, how many track-and-field championships does Utah have in the MWC or the WAC?) Every conference has it's champions and it bottom-feeders. Utah fits one of those in more than one conference. (But then they do have two BCS wins.)

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Don't worry Ute fans. You beat BYU. That's about it. Once again, losses, losses, losses in the PAC 12. Moral victories abound.

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    I'm tired of all the T.V. networks flashing on my t.v. screen the scores: Utah 3 USC 19.

  • Utejazz West Valley City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    All I have to say is BYU is winning no matter who the play they're winning and will go to a bowl game! Utah beat BYU.. SO WHAT! I'd rather us lose to BYU and be able to win 7 or 8 games and go to a bowl in the Pac 12. I think Utah had a chip on their shoulder in the Mountain West. And since joining the Pac 12 they've lost it. Put the 08 Mountain West Utes up against this mighty 2013 Pac 12 Utes and the Mountain West Utes whoop em.
    Still a die hard Ute! GO UTES!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 26, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    In sports,--there's a big cure. Win!

    Beating Oregon would turn things around.

    It's not impossible!!

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 12:02 a.m.

    To the true Utah fans, I'm sorry for the loss, hopefully your QB's hand heals during the bye week.

    To the BYU haters, I'm cackling with malicious glee at the thought of you curled in the fetal position hoping beyond hope for a Bowl qualification.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Oct. 27, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    I'm conflicted, but I'm also delighted because Chris B will disappear for a while.

    @Spokane Ute: Seriously dude, for you to call out BYU fans for posting is a bit hypocritical. I've read your past posts to BYU articles. This is the information age. You can't call BYU fans crass for rubbing it in (although I don't agree with the methods of some) whilst pretending you don't do the same thing.

    @pac12ute4life "...Did you see how many Utah fans filled up the Coliseum? No way BYU fans can pull something like that off outside of Utah."

    Oh where to begin on that one?

    1. Both teams wear red, and I'm betting you counted a lot of USC fans as Ute fans.

    2. Did you catch the game against Houston last week in the NFL stadium?

    3. No other team in the nation, with the exception of Notre Dame, travels as well as BYU. That is a fact. For you to deny that is to be making up facts. Just like you did in your previous post.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    @pac12ute4life

    "BYU fans are just jealous their school isn't a national brand in a power conference."

    And if the Utes finish 5-7, again, and miss out on a bowl game, again, the jealousy of BYU fans will only intensify.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 12:54 a.m.

    Good thing this was not on national tv. As it is utah will have a tough time recruiting anyone with any stars after this season. My prediction is that Dennis Erickson leaves at the end of the season either by his choice or with a boot out the door. Whit may not be far behind.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:21 a.m.

    The question is who outside of Utah will want to come here just to lose 6-8 games every season? It seems to me that the ship is sinking fast... I'm grateful for the two years Utah has to not play in or the team from Provo. Give them a chance to focus on themselves and hopefully get to where a lot of people, myself included thought they were going into the 2011 season. I guess all that BCS hype meant nothing. Business as 80's-90's usual for the U with the only upside being 4 straight against byu and another top 10 team beat down. This all said, Ute fans, do not hang your heads. I am the first to build up that every loss Utah has encountered has been to a greater than .500 team. Every team has a winning record, and you destroyed Stanford's quest for perfection. This separation should bode well for the football team. See ya in 2016!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:29 a.m.

    BYU fans,

    Sure BYU is 6-2 and Utah is 4-4, could it have anything to do with Utah owning the #5 schedule in the country? If Utah is so inferior to BYU why couldn't the mighty Van Noy, Hill and Hoffman pull out a win at home against a PAC12 doormat?

    This is all very simple. First, Utah has played tougher schedule than BYU since entering the PAC12. Second, Utah is not a very good P12 team, they still have a ways to go to be competitive. Third, BYU is even worse than Utah (see 4 straight losses). Put Stanford, USC, Arizona and Oregon State on BYU's schedule and they are 3-5, 4-4 at best. Heck, BYU can't beat the bottom of the PAC12, what makes you think they could beat the top?

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:30 a.m.

    Tough loss Utes!!!
    I wonder who the new Co- Offensive Coordinator will be next year if Utah fails to right their ship and make a bowl game this year? I think Erickson might pull a Chow and skip town after only one year!!!

    Rise up!!! Cougars 6-2 and going bowling for the 9th straight year!!!

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:34 a.m.

    It takes far more than PAC-12 membership to establish a brand name. They are not a name unto themselves... They got talked about for one week after a stellar performance against Stanford. Yet, every year Stanford manages to as said on yahoo, lose to a stiff to make sure they don't win it all. Looks like for this season it was in SLC. I am one BYU fan that has grown tired of this 3 season long mediocrity. I wish the roles were reversed... I'd like to see the last three seasons of records against PAC-12 teams for the Cougars and the names that even appeared on an Independent Utah's schedule. Yet, we never will. So, it is useless conjecture. I'm not minimizing what was done from Urban through the years so far with Whit... That was all awesome and necessary groundwork to even be considered for the current position they find themselves in. I just wish they would do something with it. Keep that darn qb healthy or have a more solid team that can win with tom fred or mary in while option A is sitting on the sideline!

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:43 a.m.

    Our defense really played well, but there's no way to sugar coat it, we got worked. And 19-3 probably understates how badly.

    Now I know how BYU feels every time they play Utah.

    Except they've proclaimed that game as their Super Bowl every year, so I guess it's much worse. Case in point, I won't need to comment on USC articles when they lose to better teams to cope with this loss.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    @morpunkt

    "Don't worry Ute fans. You beat BYU. That's about it. Once again, losses, losses, losses in the PAC 12"

    Welcome to delusional cougville, where byu is somehow better than Stanford.

  • 4BS St George, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.

    @worf - I hate to disagree, but beating Oregon is, in fact, impossible for the Utes. There is a slight chance to beat Washington State and a better chance to beat Colorado. I still wouldn't plan on bowling this year.

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Oct. 27, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    Chris B you were right! Prince Phillips did kick A field goal. You're amazing!

    Go cougs!!!

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    Utah's challenge playing in the PAC 12 will always be consistency. Utah simply doesn't have the athletes to play a consistent tough schedule and the chances they will get enough blue chip players is slim. This is Utah and top players are not going to rush to come here.

    BYU faces the same challenge, perhaps a bigger challenge because top flight non LDS athletes are not going to go to BYU. Both schools will have individual successes and maybe even occasional big seasons but neither will be able to be a school that consistently performs at the top. Look at ASU and Arizona, occasionally good but never a major factor.

    It was nice being a big fish in a little pond.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    Oct. 27, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    @Christie B
    Utah 3 USC 19. What else can be said?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Worf,

    Well said, to bad we don't have a Middle Tennessee to help us get things back on track, but with 2 weeks to get Wilson healthy I think we will still end up with a winning record. A rematch in the fight hunger bowl would be a great way for the Utes to get things rolling into the 2014 season. Go Utes.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 27, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    @Spokane Ute:

    Lets say in two weeks,--BYU loses to Wisconsin, and Utah beats Arizona State.

    What's Chris B going to be posting? Are the Ute fans going to be any more classy?

    Football isn't a constant.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 27, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    @4BS:

    If the utes do go bowling, it'll be, because of the touchdown win over BYU.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    @u 90

    I just want to remind you of a little meltdown you had a few months ago when I quoted whittingham. Here is his quote again.

    "We've got two guys that we think are really very capable quarterbacks in the Pac-12 and maybe even upper echelon,".... said Whittingham,....Whittingham also had praise for quarterback Brandon Cox....He showed us enough this spring for us to realize that we've got something special there," Whittingham said."

    Yes he said it, it is right here on the dnews to see.

    I'm just waiting to see these "upper echelon" and "special" guys play. When are they going to put them into a game?

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Oct. 27, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    What goes around, comes around. The only thing I have to say about this game is "wow". Did not see that coming!!

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    @ pac12ute4life:

    You are right when you say B.Y.U. is not in a power conference. However, B.Y.U. is a national brand and I am confident that if B.Y.U. were to play USC in the Coliseum they would have a good representation. There future schedule includes games against Michigan, Stanford and Nebraska. They have already played Texas Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. In 1996 B.Y.U. was selected to host Texas A&M in the college football opener. They were also selected to play nationally ranked Oklahoma at the new Dallas Cowboy's Stadium. There are many fans and alumni who live outside of Utah who will travel to see them play. Any post season Bowl that has an opportunity to invite B.Y.U. will do it because they know that B.Y.U. will sell tickets to their game.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    @U 90

    If any Cougar fan were to suggest BYU is superior to Utah simply because the Cougars became bowl eligible first, then they are simply delusional. I'm a Cougar fan but I don't think our team is superior to Utah. The fact we've lost to Utah four straight times is proof of that.

    At the same time however, Utes fans need to live in reality as well. Just because you're a PAC 12 team now does not automatically mean you're Alabama or Oregon.

    Ute fans can deny it all they want to now, but I know for a fact many of you were predicting your team would quickly dominate in the PAC 12. I know most Ute fans claim they knew all along it would take awhile for the Utes to reach the top of the PAC 12, but from the moment the Utes joined the PAC 12, many of their fans were hooping and hollering about going to the Rose Bowl and/or winning a national championship.

    You can't make predictions like that and then act shocked when people call you on it when it doesn't happen.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    worf
    Mcallen, TX

    @4BS:

    If the utes do go bowling, it'll be, because of the touchdown win over BYU.

    ---------------

    A gimme game like BYU, in a game we never trailed, in a game BYU never threatened to take the lead, and a team that we have no problem competing against?

    Nope! If we do make a bowl it will be because of the touchdown win over #6 Stanford.

    But I am getting ahead of myself. We need to find a QB, without one even a team like BYU has a chance to beat us.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    It was apparent at the outset that the U was "invited" to join the PAC 12 to fill out the dance card, as Nebraska declined the invitation. The issue is marketing and money and if the Omaha, NE TV market was not available, the Salt Lake Market was the next choice.

    Football is about money, which is raised via advertising on games. Utah will have a difficult time recruiting athletes is sufficient quantity to be a competitor for PAC 12 titles in almost all major sports because of location.

    Hopefully the U will be successful enough to grab a decent paying bowl now and then, but I do not see roses in their future. They will have to be content with the divided spoils of the better PAC 12 teams and use the money wisely.

    The Y has its own plan and goals for the athletics program and while beating Utah is nice it isn't the only item on the list.

    As for a Utah bowl game, it will depend upon wins and the how well the sponsors perceive they will "travel" to the game.

    It's all about money.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    This is one horrible offense. I thought Dennis Erickson was the Bill Walsh of the Pac 12. More like the Gary Croton. What an embarrasing loss. Plain Ugly!!! The Utes need to win a couple more games to be bowl bound. Can they do it? I hope so.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    Pretty obvious that Utah hasn't won a game of national significance since Coach A left to coach the Aggies. Utah losses and failure to recruit top notch athletes are coaching issues. Utes definitely need to upgrade the staff if they are going to compete in the PAC-12.

  • Donnie 23 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    Uh coach whittingham lets not make to much of your defense stopping USCs 3rd team offense. I saw the injury list for the Trojans before the game and then couldn't believe that set of players scored 19 on you. Utah enjoy the money your making because you have years of mediocrity coming your way.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    I guess Stanford was a Fluke!!!!! Right Chris B.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Oct. 27, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Driving home from "The Brigham Young University" I was able to listen to the USC game. Made the drive from Barstow to the Central Valley interesting. Sorry to hear the u had their lunch handed to them by SC. Maybe in a couple of weeks the u will be able to turn things around.

    I am ready to make it down…Already onward and upward due to being a Coug!

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    Oct. 27, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    Pac12utefor life.really byu not a national brand? Few teams travel better than BYU . The red you saw at USC was the blood draining from their season. Pac12 road kill dude. Your timing was good for playing the Y,how different things would look

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    Listening to ESPN the word out on the U is that they can't win on the road in the PAC12. Got to break through at some point. Terrible conf road record for KW.

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    patriot

    It's not just KW.

    The Utes haven't had a road win versus a PAC team with a winning record since a 17-10 win versus Stanford(7-5) in 1996.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    The offense is totally inept. 3 points in 4 quarters. Sad, very sad.
    It seems I hit a nerve for calling a spade a spade. As much as I would like to respond, the Editor won't let me and I have no idea why?

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Utah lost this game because even in a down year, with a reduced squad and with injuries, SC is deeper than Utah. Their third string would start most other places.

    It is also used to playing on the big stage every game. Utah is not.

    Don't care who you are, the Coliseum is an intimidating place to play. One of the best home field advantages in college football.

    Fight on!

  • HammerTime Kansas City, MO
    Oct. 28, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Utah is not very good

  • HammerTime Kansas City, MO
    Oct. 28, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Utah isn't very good

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 28, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    The Stanford win was a fluke

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Utes all time record against Pac 12 opponents: 84-135-6 .373
    Utes record as member of the Pac 12: 8-15 .347
    Gotta love that Pac 12 Membership
    Records don't lie
    The bye week BYU had before playing Utah didn't help them at all. Utah's bye week before playing Arizona State won't help them either! You can mark it down if you want.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    darn, I marked it down too. Looks like another post BYU Bowl game letdown. Utah is 1-10 in Pac12 conference play in the month following the BYU Bowl. Looks like this season is no different than the past 2. Why doesn't Utah play these other games as hard and as emotionally charged as they do the BYU Bowl? They seem to come out all fired up to play BYU but then come out lethargic and flat when they play conference opponents.

    That's got to be pretty depressing when you know your season is now shot and you have nothing left to play for and we're not even in November yet.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    @ Jackarus

    Maybe so, but the BYU game wasn't...............zing!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Oct. 28, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Clark Hippo,

    Outside of Chris B, which Utah fan claimed the Utes were in the same category as Alabama/Oregon and would dominate the PAC12 from day one?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    @ Horrible Stumper

    Would knocking off the #5 team in the country qualify as a "game of national signifigance"?

    Sheesh............let's atleast be real here and give Utah credit for that great upset.

    However, with each passing loss I have to question the coaching too; especially on the offense. Not ready to give up the ship yet though.

    GO UTES!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    @Spokane Ute
    "Would knocking off the #5 team in the country qualify as a "game of national signifigance"?"

    Based on sportscaster and sportswriter comments in the after math of the game most considered it not so much an upset and more of an indicator that Stanford was highly overrated as is the rest of the Pac12.

    They have Oregon, USC and Notre Dame on the schedule and will likely go 2-1 in that stretch and then they have the annual game with Cal (should also be a win). Stanford will still finish with a nice season and it will be a nice win.

  • MountainMan25 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    "However, with each passing loss I have to question the coaching too; especially on the offense. Not ready to give up the ship yet though."

    Agreed. What's the point of beating BYU (in close games nonetheless) if we get spanked in PAC 12 play and end up sitting at home during Bowl season?

    Do we really want to be the New Mexico of the PAC 12? Is our schedule really so tough as to justify our record? Was the USC game not a pathetic showing (by both teams)?

    It's more than just the football coaches. What's up with basketball? At least Arizona and Colorado field decent basketball teams...we have not been producing in either sport like we should. This starts at the top.

    Chris Hill needs the boot.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 30, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    @Mountain Man

    I hear ya; it's been a tough transition. Let's see what the basketball team does this year before giving up on hoops. If Utah doesn't win 6 games in football, and the basketball team doesn't make post season; it's time for a major over haul. We shall see. One can only keep the faith for so long. Take Care Guy!

  • theoldfatguy Magna, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    At the end of the year, the Utes and their 6-6 record will be in the same lower-level type bowl game that the Cougars will with their 8-4 record. You send us a postcard from San Francisco, we'll send you one from Las Vegas (or gulp, Albuquerque).