Best and worst of the BYU, Utah and USU college football regular seasons

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013 2:25 a.m. MST

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Things looked grim for BYU after its disheartening 19-16 loss to Virginia, and many fans felt pessimistic about the Cougars’ chances against the No. 15 Longhorns.

They were pleasantly surprised.

Quarterback Taysom Hill had a breakout game against Texas as he racked up 259 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Running back Jamaal Williams had a solid day of his own with 182 yards rushing. The Longhorn defense didn’t know what hit it as Texas lost 40-21.

This rout was so convincing, Texas head coach Mack Brown fired defense coordinator Manny Diaz as a result.

This was the high point of BYU’s regular season. BYU would have plenty of opportunities to beat ranked opponents, but Texas was the only one the Cougars could beat in 2013.
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Ogden, UT

Good list. I loved watching mu Utes throughout the entire season even if the results weren't stellar. It's painful just how close Utah was to beating OSU, UCLA, and ASU but almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Go Utes!

Quick question for Cougar fans. I was under the impression that students weren't allowed to grow facial hair and had to be clean cut. Did they change the rules or does that just not apply to football players?

Allen, TX

I would say that Utah's high was beating Stanford. The Utes would say it was beating BYU for a 4th time in a row. Maybe next year Utah's goals will be PAC-12 related....

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

@ Redthunder;

If you are referring to Spencer Hadley's 'stache, then yes, that type of facial hair is allowed. A full-on beard is sometimes allowed, in specific circumstances, like you have a skin condition that makes shaving a bad idea, you are in a play, etc. (if you get an exemption, it is proven by a "beard card"). Otherwise, (besides mustaches and beard exceptions) facial hair is not allowed, though some push the rules a bit by not shaving as often as they might, etc.

Hope that answers your question...so yes, the rules ARE applied equally to all, regardless of whether you are an athlete, graduate student, or incoming freshman.

Syracuse, UT


"I would say that Utah's high was beating Stanford. The Utes would say it was beating BYU for a 4th time in a row. Maybe next year Utah's goals will be PAC-12 related...."

Maybe you shouldn't try and speak for University of Utah fans. The Stanford game was unfortunately the only high the Utes had this year. Beating the three mid-majors on our schedule was expected.

FYI, Utah's goals were PAC-12 related. The Utes did improve over last year's team as indicated in the conference games. With the exception of the Oregon game, Utah was competitive in every game. This isn't a 'high", only an indicator that the Utes are heading in the right direction. Coach Whitt will lead the Utes back to bowl eligibility next season as many talented players return.

Go Utes!

Allen, TX

@Utesby5; What flavor is that Kool-Aid?

Pretty sad when one of your 5 bests of the season is a loss to OSU.
Coach Whit might as well break down and finish and furnish that basement....his team will likely be living there a while.
Hope the Utes' luck is better at fishin'...

- An Oregon Duck Fan

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT


Not surprisingly, you didn't address Utesby5's remark. Instead, just more critical tripe to try and change the subject.

If you polled 100 percent of Utah fans, 100 percent would say the highlight of the year was beating Stanford.

Zero percent would say it was beating that midmajor team in Provo.

Sorry to dash your overinflated BYU arrogance. But hey, that's life.

Denver to Portland
Portland, OR

One of the positive for the Utah Utes program was a loss to Oregon State. Ouch. Talk about a program heading in the wrong direction...

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Denver to Portland

I'm not sure which is a worse positive - losing to Oregon St. or beating Houston. Utah's program may be heading in the wrong direction (which I would debate you on, but whatever), but at least there's an opportunity for Utah to turn it around. BYU, on the other hand, is heading in the wrong direction and there's nothing that can fix it.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"The Stanford game was unfortunately the only high the Utes had this year. Beating the three mid-majors on our schedule was expected."

I agree that beating Stanford was a bigger win than beating BYU (just like losing to Utah, although embarrassing, is not as embarrassing as losing to Virginia), but to say that beating BYU was "expected" is just silly. I think there was two or three weeks this entire season that Utah was better than BYU. Luckily for Utah, the week they played BYU happened to be one of those weeks. I can almost guarantee that if BYU had played Utah later in the season, Utah would have lost.

bountiful, ut

A win is never a 'bad thing'. So putting a loss to OSU or a win against Houston on equal footing is just plain irresponsible!

Centerville, UT

Credit to Utah for hanging on against USU and beating BYU. But I think all three teams are on a fairly even level right now. I don't think it's 'expected' that one of these three teams is going to beat the other two.

North Logan, UT

To A1994 Amen! It's nice that USU is part of the conversation. Win or lose, college football in the state is something to look forward to. Anyone can win or lose which makes it that much more entertaining.

Salt Lake City, UT

The last time BYU beat Utah in regulation... George W Bush was president

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