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Published: Sunday, Oct. 23 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Big Pappy
west jordan, utah

Where's the defense that played against Pit and BYU? OVER RATED This team stinks!

Santa Monica, CA

It's true Pappy. The D that we were all hanging our hats on when our qb went down---("well, at least our d might make a big play and they won't let anyone score...") seemed to pack it in last Saturday. Not quit exactly, but let down after too much time on the field. I've got to hand it to Coach Whit, though. He tells it like it is and put the responsibility right on his own head. When a team sees a coach who is willing to blame the problems on himself and his staff, it's amazing to me that they don't play harder and with more pride (are you listening O line?)

Gilbert, AZ

"As coaches, we've got to put him in whatever situation we've got to put him in to help him be successful."

What? Does this non-sequitur mean you will only insert Hays into the game when Utah has the ball on the opponent's side of the field because great field position, as we all know, is a "situation" that tends to "help (quarterbacks) be successful." And does that mean that Robles gets all of the other reps when Utah has the ball on its own 5 yard line?

And one more thing...what's with the horrible retro tie-dye undershirts? Who came up with that fashion statement? and did they think it would help with more wins?

Richmond, VA

It appears the the Utes left everything at BYU and Pit. As a Cougar fan, I'm very sad to see this, falling so fast and so low in a such a short time after clobbering us in that wicked 54-10 beat down. I surely can't be happy about it because it's making us look even worse. Let's hope Whit and Chow can put a stop to this painful downward spiral quickly and turn things around before their program turns into the joke their fans claim us to be...no real athletes, can't compete with the big boys, etc, etc.

For the sake of the state of Utah football, I'm rooting for you Utes to win the rest of your conference schedule. Do that and all will be well, not to mention it will make our embarrassment at your hands not look too. Go Cougs! Go Utes!

Richmond, VA

Ooops! I meant to say in that last sentence "not look too bad."

Good luck to both the Cougs and the Utes on the rest of their games this year.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

What is the date for the Rose Bowl. I want to make sure I get my tickets.

West Valley, utah

I don't blame the defense for Utah's woes, It's tough to play defense the whole game without any offense. Coach Whitt is to blame...going into the Pac 12 with one QB that was questionable and no real backup is not an oversight it is simply careless.

West Jordan, UT

Where was this type of play on Sept 17th? Oh right, that was U're Superbowl.

Of course U're going to get up for that one and take the rest of the year off.

Maybe U thought it was like soccer and the 44 pts would carry over through the next game(s)?

Farmington, UT

I can't help but wonder if the expensive tickets to RES were worth it to see the mighty Utes lose to every PAC 12 opponent that has played there to date. If OSU beats them on saturday there will be a wide range of seats from which to choose when (and if) one attends the game with UCLA.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

Clearly the Utes have recruiting deficiency issues. They cannot compete with the Pac 12, even the lower eschelon teams. Quit kidding us in the media about what is going on you writers and broadcasters. All this rosy talk in the past about joining the mighty BCS Pac 12 conference. Let's put some bark on your assessments and tell it like it is for a change. I am weary of all this bandwagon rhetoric and the constant drumbeat of false optimism just to continue the friendly access to coaches and administrators of the Utah colleges and universities for your commentary. This includes the professional sports teams. Give us some straight talk for a change, before, during and after the seasons. In the case of Utah football, they in way over their heads in the Pac 12. It also shows how pathetic the Pittsburg team was the week before, and BYU. Jordan Wynn's lack of ability to get things done, the failure of the offensive line to protect him; his lack of mobility skills, and on and on. It's a total team failure at this point. The Utes are on the verge of total collapse as they showed us on Saturday.

Salt Lake City, UT

Where is the offensive line that dominated BYU? Too many sacks allowed. I'd say Hays needs to get rid of the ball quicker, but I'm not sure he even has 3 seconds.

Salt Lake City, UT

isn't this what most realistic people were expecting?


Ok guys this is the reality listen up.The majority of the teams in the pack 12 have superior athletes and more depth at each position than Utah. The Pacific Athletic Conference is a progressive offensive oriented league, good defense may keep the score close but will only get you wins against the bottom dwellers.
Utah's offense is unimaginative , needs more offensive threats ie.( skill Players ), better recruiting and a coaching staff that supports the performance of the players not one that blames them for their own lack of preparation.


Utah lost Wynn...It's plain and simple. Wynn, even with no zip on the ball could run the offense and make reads and find the hot route on the blitz. Hays still hasn't been able to do this.

Think about it...What if Utah lost A Smith in 2004? His backup was 17 year old Brian Johnson. Who was backing up Johnson in 2008? Corbin Louks with a bum shoulder.

It's going to take some time to develop depth at QB.

10-34, 14-35, 14-31, 14-23 0-4
bountiful, ut

The first comment asks where the defense that played against BYU and Pitt is... Well, having been one who watched the Panther gift of a win I can tell you that it was NOT Utah's defense that helped win that game. I saw the Panthers shoot themselves time after time with no defenders even within reach... Overthrown balls, under thrown balls... fumbled balls... I did not see a stellar defense on the field in Pittsburg.... Just a team that took advantage of a terrible home team effort. I believe that the same could be said in the 7 turn over game in provo in september. It isn't Utah's defense at all who has allowed no less than 23 points in all 4 PAC-12 games it has played this season. GO BEAVERS GO! After this week I won't care two cents less whether Utah wins or loses the rest of the way. A Beaver smackdown vindicates BYU because you can't beat em at home yet we could beat em in Corvalis. The results speak for themselves.

bountiful, ut

A single game does not define the rest of the season... All September 17th was is a very poor showing by the home team in blue. If the season was to be built around that one pathetic showing why the heck even show up the rest of the year? It isn't the opponents of the past that determine the strength of the present. If anything it was a necessary evil to make certain fans look deplorably pathetic in their continuing ravings and rantings about that one 4 hour block of time and helped turn around the season if not the season to come in 2012 as well with the advent of the Riley Spectacular. It is sad that one of the L's for BYU this season came from a .500 team at best, but, far from defines the worth of the 2011 season.

Softball Dad
Woods Cross, UT

Have they considered pulling Blechen or Christpher back into the QB ranks? It couldn't be worse, could it?


Be cheerful Ute fans! At least you're not Independent like BYU is because Independence = Nobody likes you. Many Utes fans have said, "I would rather lose every game in the PAC12 than be Independent." Being in the PAC12 means you are liked, and that in of itself is so much more important than being Independent.

BYU beat Oregon State so that means the Utes will too. In fact, since they dominated the Cougars and the Cougars beat OSU my prediction for the game is:

Utah 108

They will also force 14+ turnovers because they are bigger, faster, and stronger than BYU and since BYU was bigger, faster, and stonger than OSU then the Utes will be that much bigger, faster, and stronger than OSU.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes defense was able to shut down Pitt and byu for that matter because they weren't on the field the whole game. In these loses, the Utes have turned the ball over right after long drives by the opposition. More than a few times it has been on the first play of the drive putting our defense right back on the field. Look at the time of possesion in the Pitt game. The Utes had the ball almost twice as long as they did. Pitt did over make bad throws to open receivers part of that was the wind that's why Utah ran the ball so much.

This team has a lot to work on. The O-line has been horrible since Hays stepped in. Maybe Wynn was getting rid of the ball a lot faster but he hadn't been sacked that many times. I feel bad for Hays because not many players are helping him out by making blocks and dropping balls but I am also disappointed in the lack of depth at the position.

I also don't think Whit is trying to blame anyone but him and his staff. Coach Whittingham is a great coach.

Salt Lake City, UT

...... and the BYU trolls go wild.

Love it.

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