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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The phrase "Harline is still open" rings through the ears of Ute fans to this day. BYU will never let Utah forget this game, and probably for good reason. Utah was given every opportunity to win and blew it.

Utah led 24-14 after three quarters and let BYU back into the game. But the Utes thought they had sealed their fifth consecutive victory against their rivals when Brett Ratliff threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brent Casteel with 1:19 left to play.

The Cougars didn't let it end there, though. They used the clock wisely and marched their way back down to Utah territory. With 3.2 seconds remaining, BYU quarterback John Beck scrambled and eventually found a wide-open Jonny Harline in the end zone as time expired.

Losses to BYU always sting for Utah, but Ute fans will never completely erase the image of Harline bringing in that final catch to determine the sad fate of the game.

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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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