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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Utah 37, Weber State 21

You’d think a game against an FCS team in perhaps Utah’s best season ever would have been a blowout of major proportions. However, the Utes beat Weber State by just 16 points, less than six other FBS opponents, including BYU that year in an undefeated season.

The Utes came into the game ranked No. 17 in the country in a game that would pit them against longtime Ute coach Ron McBride, who was coming back to Rice-Eccles Stadium for the first time since he was let go by the Utes six years earlier.

The final score wasn’t as close as it might have looked as the Utes led 37-7 in the fourth quarter before giving up a couple of late touchdowns on long drives by the Wildcats. Some thought the Utes were being easy on their former head coach, but the Utes were clearly not happy after the game by the closeness of the score.

"Sure we would have liked to go out there and win by 40 or 50 points, but that didn't happen," Whittingham said. "It was a win — you can't lose sight of the fact that we won the football game."
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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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