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Utah football report card: Defense by far the best group in loss to UCLA

Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 1:25 a.m. MDT

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Kyle Whittingham and Co. made a gutsy call late in the third quarter by going for it on fourth down in their own territory. Whittingham kept up with much-heralded UCLA head coach Jim Mora. GRADE: B+
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wwookie
Payson, UT

amazing that we kept up with the 12th ranked team in the country despite 6 turnovers, all of which could be considered key. Imagine if the receivers had caught the ones that hit them in the hands. A very different game. Too bad all of that shows up on Wilson´s stats.

Disappointing loss because of the turnovers. but now can´t wait for the rest of the season. Eliminate the turnovers and we´re in every game this year except for Oregon.

Props to the secondary. This looked to be their best showing so far. These guys are going to be great by season´s end.

GO UTES!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

@wookie

Utah will be in every game INCLUDING the Oregon one. They just won't win most of them because they are still very inexperienced. The Utes have a lot of growing up to do with a Sophmore QB and many young players. What I have seen so far of him is that Wilson holds promise. He was telegraphing to the defense last night where he was going to throw which caused all those INTs. Fix that and he can move the ball consistently. The defense I believe is legit enough to keep even Oregon under 40 points.

I do not expect Utah to better than 6-6. I expect them to lose a lot of close games this year and learn from it. However, last nights grit gave me hope that the Utes will finally get things done playing against a PAC team with a winning record.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Wow, pretty generous grading. If the QB struggles to complete 50% of his passes and throws 6 picks i don't think I'd give him a C-. The 6 turnovers alone is worthy of a D. The inaccurate throwing drops him further. He gets an F for this game.

Pretty typical game for Utah following the BYU Bowl. If only Ute players and coaches could get up as much for conference games as they do for BYU games. This game had a tremendous lack of focus and execution while the same guys were razor sharp and intensely focused in the BYU game.

Good news is there's only 3 more games to go in the annual "Post BYU Bowl Swoon" and then the Utes will get back to business.

Hegdehog
Bountiful, UT

@Steven S Jarvis
"The Utes have a lot of growing up to do with a Sophmore QB and many young players."

Wasn't UCLA using a sophomore QB? I don't hear them using that excuse.

Just Smiling
BOUNTIFUL, UT

Hey BigCougar- don't embarrass yourself. Utah was up and put more effort in the UCLA game than the BYU game. The difference is in the quality of the opponent. There's no question that BYU would have the same results as Utah if they were in the PAC-12 except they wouldn't be still there at the end of the games. Please don't try to justify your program by referring to past UCLA teams or Oregon State teams that you beat years ago. UCLA, Oregon State, Utah and the whole PAC-12 generally have vastly improved. They've all gone onward and upwards and every week will be a dog-fight. Top 25 after top 25 week in and week out. Meanwhile BYU will have their mediocre independent scheduled teams and will find great joy in pointing out their win-loss record hoping that no one will notice which teams they won and which teams they lost to.

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