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Published: Saturday, Oct. 15 2011 5:23 p.m. MDT

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WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

The more I see Hays play, the more I like this kid. He's a keeper. Once he gets some more playing time under his belt, I don't see how Wynn will ever see another snap as the starter.

I didn't think the Utes could win this one, but it appears Pitt's offense was mostly smoke and mirrors. They really looked inept, partly due to the Ute's defense, and partly because they have inept QBs. And play callers (why didn't their touted RB get more touches?).

Good win Utes. Now prove me wrong and beat Cal at their place!

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

The Utes won but should have blown Pitt out. This years Utes are a team of blunder. Utah dominates 75% of the snaps on both sides of theball, but it's the plays they don't dominate, where the self implode.

Utah man handles Washington in the first half but trailed 10-7. They get the Wynn prognosis and curl up and play dead.

Against Pitt, they push Pitt all over the field, but lack discipline and intelligence.

Speaking of discipline, I know Whitt is a hard nosed disciplinarian. His problem is he doesn't have a network of friends in the coaching tree. So he hires guys (Chow aside/fell in his lap) that are under qualified, and keep their jobs despite constant folly. Jay Hill as special teams coach is the prime example.

Whitt is to patient with his assistant coaches. I think he got that from Lavell back in the day.

artinnature
Payson, UT

I was quite concerned about the Ute offensive line allowing so many negative yards on running plays but very proud of the defense who were the heroes today. From a fan of both the Utes and the Cougars I am very please with both great wins today.

wwookie
Payson, UT

Ute defense was amazing. Pushed the opposing O-line around all game long - or rather the 20 minutes the panthers actually had possession.

Offense didn't have turnovers and without the mess ups in special teams, this game would have been a real blow-out.

And what about Peterson? 4/4 on FGs, including a 45 yarder.

All those worries we had in pre-season have now come down to the qb position and that is getting better each game after Wynn went down. Hays is looking decent.

Bring on the bears!

Go Utes!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

gdog3finally, you have a point to some extent about the assistant coaching, but not entirely. The Utes have done a great job under Whit with the offensive line. Their current coach, Tim Davis, was the O-line coach at USC in their recent championship years and worked with Alabama and the Miami Dolphins more recently. He's a great coach and a large part of the reason Coach Chow came to us. The previous 2 O-line coaches were very good as well, sending guys like Zane Beadles, Caleb Schlauderaff and Zane Taylor to the NFL. Hill is a good position coach, but I agree they need an actual special teams coordinator.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

wwookie, very good showing, but I wouldn't say the worries are entirely resolved. Coleman kicked a great game today, but he needs to show consistency in more than one game. But I think he does deserve the most praise for the day, kicking even one field goal in that stadium with those winds is never an easy task, even for NFL kickers. I'd like to see what the record is for the most field goals kicked in Heinz Field without a miss. Probably not much better than today's.

Nostradamus
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Defense! Defense! Defense!

The rest of the season seems winnable.

Go Utes!

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

Amazing that BYU gets a pac10 win before utah.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

This was an impressive win traveling back east to Pitt, a team that will soon be leaving the Big East for the ACC. It was impressive considering Christopher, our leading receiver, was out in addition to Wynn also being out. Our defense continues to dominate, as they didn't allow a touchdown all day, and they held Graham, the nation's leading rusher, to 46 yards, 100 yards below his average.
I thought Hays did a good job, considering the pressure he is under.

Finally, the game ball should either go to Shelby (what a stud) or Coleman Petersen. Without Petersen's steady foot today, we lose this game.

Great job, Utes!!

Max
Charlotte, NC

Joe Schmoe:

BYU didn't have to play USC, UW, or ASU.

Does 54-10 ring a bell?

indycrimson
Franklin, IN

The Utes are 3-3 and really have a chance to win their remaining games. Cal is not strong...Oregon State got beat by a team we beat by 40+ points, wash state is not good, AZ fired their coach last week...UCLA??? Haven't seen them play...

They could end up 8-3 with some luck. There 3 losses look like they were against the cream of the P12 crop...USC (5-0); Washington (5-1) and a highly ranked AState team.

Not a bad 1st year in the P12....if it happens as I have scripted it???

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

indycrimson, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Going 1-0 in Berkeley next week is a good enough goal for right now. Glad to see we did some things good today, though.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Congratulations Utah. It is nice to see you back on track.

From a Cougar fan.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

I was worried the Utes might not win another game. Glad the defense has a lot more pride than that. Chow will coach Hays up and the Utes still have a good shot to go .500 and get to a bowl.

They don't have anything left to play for in the PAC other than pride but it seems like they have a lot of that.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

The Utes did their job for the conference by going 3-0 non-con. Now hopefully they can get a conference win. next week at Cal would be nice.

Go Utes!

Jenny83
OGDEN, UT

Byu beats a 1-5 team and acts like they just won the National Championship.

lanius
Woods Cross, UT

Finally, a win against a real program!

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

------Joe Schmoe | 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 2011
Orem, UT
Amazing that BYU gets a pac10 win before utah.-------

Sure, but BYU lost to Utah 54-10 so that makes you guy preety weak sauce for trying to talk smack. Btw, how many BCS bowl games has BYU been to and won?

SI
SANDY, UT

Wow. I'd better go back and watch the game again on Tivo - I sure didn't see what all you are so excited about. Defense played great and has played great all season. The offense can't score and I don't know where all the optimism ccomes from for a team that can't score points, whose red zone proficiency is something like 116th in the country! Our corners are terrible and Black routinely has the cleanest uniform on the field at the end of the game - he won't tackly anybody, just tries to knock them down. Hays is a competitor but too small, too many passes getting knocked down. I thought the in-studio commentator was right on following the game when he said "I feel like we should probably apologize for what you've just spent the last 3 hours and 19 minutes watching". Two totally inept teams - looked like high school football.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Congrats on the win!

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