The 5 best wins (and 5 worst losses) of Kyle Whittingham's Utah Utes coaching career

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 8:38 p.m. MDT

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Utah began its first Pac-12 season struggling in conference play by losing their first four games. The Utes then rattled off four straight wins and found themselves in the middle of the Pac-12 South title race. In fact, all that stood in their way of winning the South and possibly going to the conference championship game was lowly Colorado.

The Utes had home field advantage, but they started off slow and gave Colorado a quick touchdown. The Buffs later added a field goal before Utah could even manage to get a first down on offense.

Utes kicker Coleman Petersen missed his opportunities to help his team to a Pac-12 winning record, including a painful 48-yard miss with two seconds remaining.

This left Kyle Whittingham's Utes speechless and brokenhearted as they allowed the worst team in the South division, a team that had previously lost 23 consecutive road games, to rob them of Pac-12 success.

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Salt Lake City, UT

I don't agree with a lot of the games on this list, especially in the worst column. How do you leave the 27-0 shellacking that UNLV put on the Utes in 2007 off the list. That IMO is the #1 worse loss of Whittingham's career. Also, I think the wrong TCU game was represented here, the one in 2010, where TCU beat Utah 47-7 was much worse--the Utes had a bad quarter in 2009, but the rest of the game was rather competive. Other ones that should be considered for the list include: Utah at ND (2010), Utah at Cal (2011), and Utah vs. Boise State (2010), Utah at Wyoming (2006).
The most nonsensical part of this list though is that the BYU at Utah game in 2006 is Whittingham's worst loss. Please explain? Utah was a two touchdown underdog and nearly beat BYU for a fifth year in a row. Most heartbreaking? Maybe. But if we're talking about "worst" as in games where Utah didn't compete, that shouldn't be on the list.


The 54-10 crushing of BYU will always be one of my best memories, at least in recent years, of the Utes. It was total domination from start to finish.

Go Utes!!

West Jordan, Utah

Right SMS.

Also left out on the 'best side' was the 2004 BYU game that sent Utah to the Fiesta Bowl. The 2008 BYU game was on the list (48-24). That one sent Utah to the Sugar Bowl.

Centerville, UT

This list is invalid without 2010 TCU as one of the worst losses.

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