"This is a big loss for us," said defensive lineman Dave Kruger. "Everybody knows what was at stake."
As disappointing as the Senior Day setback was, Whittingham doesn't think it tarnishes the team's bounce back from an 0-4 start to conference play.
"I don't think a loss like this diminishes the turnaround we've had. We could have gone completely in the tank and we didn't," Whittingham said. "We fought our way back, fought our way back into a bowl situation. It was remarkable that we are even in the situation (to reach the Pac-12 title game)."
A team meeting is scheduled for Monday. Bowl possibilities and a general preparation plan will be discussed. As usual, Whittingham plans to utilize all 15 practices if possible.
Whittingham also noted that the coaches will hit the recruiting trail on Sunday.
INJURED UTES EXPECTED TO BOWL
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah offensive lineman Sam Brenner, who left Rice-Eccles Stadium in an ambulance with a neck injury during Friday's 17-14 loss to Colorado, was released from the hospital Saturday morning and is expected to play in next month's bowl game. The Utes got similar good news about running back John White IV and defensive end Joe Kruger. Both suffered ankle injuries in the game, but are expected to be ready for the program's ninth consecutive bowl appearance.
The Utes will learn their destination and opponent when matchups are announced on Dec. 4.
— Dirk Facer
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