Utah football: Utes have lost to lower-division football teams before

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 8:51 a.m. MDT

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Idaho 28, Utah 17

Like Boise State 13 years earlier, Utah should have seen this one coming. The John L. Smith-coached Vandals were the Big Sky favorites and came into the game ranked No. 2 in I-AA. And like the BSU game 13 years earlier, the Big Sky Vandals came out and hit the Utes in the mouth early and were never headed. The Utes could only manage three Chris Yergensen field goals until the final two minutes when Jamal Anderson finally put the Utes in the end zone with a two-yard run. By that time, the Utes trailed by 19 as Idaho quarterback Doug Nussmeier outplayed Utah quarterback Mike McCoy.

After the game, which dropped the Utes to 2-3 with losses to Arizona State and Wyoming already, Ute coach Ron McBride said, “We’ve hit rock bottom here.’’ However, the Utes bounced back to win five of their next seven and beat BYU 34-31 in Provo and play USC in the Freedom Bowl.
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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

I hope that future FCS schools Utah schedule are local schools Weber State and SUU. I'd rather Utah brought in a very bad FBS school, but that isn't cheap to do as a one and done.

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