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Utah football: Utes break through, roll past Beavers for first Pac-12 victory

Utes cruise past Beavers to earn first Pac-12 win

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  • dnsmith Salt Lake CIty, ut
    Nov. 2, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Utah is definitely not a "very Bad" team. They are a team that bet the farm on one guy prone to injury and now are reeling. The D is great and even without a d-1 qb against Inferior teams they win pretty decisively; MS 27 -10 BYU 54-10 Pitt 26-14 OSU 27-8. When they face competitive teams the glaring gaps in QB talent dooms the utes. The team collectively takes the W or L but you can't say that every L has been because the "team" is bad.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Utah fan is as delusional as most BYU fans. Utah is a very bad team! and you need to realize it.

  • Utesby3 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    @ jarka-rus: you cougar fans keep speaking of flukes. At what point do these "breaks" stop being flukes? If field goal kickers makes/misses are flukes, than what about interceptions and fumbles? What about third down conversions? Touchdowns? The point is, it's all part of football. If you're going to claim all of Utah's victories were flukes, then I'd have to throw some BYU victories back in your face e.g. the USU victory. Didn't BYU win the game on a "fluke" where the pass was tipped before being caught in the end zone for the final TD? And how about the Ole Miss game? a late fumble by Ole Miss led to the final TD for BYU which gave them the one point victory. These so called flukes are part of football and everyteam experiences them. Get over it.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    @ niners | 12:42 p.m. Oct. 31, 2011
    SAINT GEORGE, UT

    Good point, however I'm sure that the Cougs were either cheated or gave the game away by their poor execution. With their remaining schedule, Cougars will finish with 9 wins and all will be well. The DNews will rally the troops during the off season with talk of a great recruiting class and 2013 BCS Bowl game. Again.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    jarka-rus

    You are right. TDS made the play that day just like Utah made the block last year.

    Go Utes!

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    niners

    I won't argue that point, I've never claimed to be the biggest Bronco fan that's for sure. But if you think all of the UTesies breaks were just the other team playing poorly then you and Ernest truly live in a different world than most sports fans. I am sure in the same breath you would say Kanashiro's( or whatever his name was), field goal clanking off the upright was a fluke.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    @jarka runs

    Being 1-7 in the last 4 years against your only 2 consistently tough opponents (utah,tcu) is not a fluke though is it? That is poor coaching/offense/defense/preparation

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Big J

    Letting a team's best player behind you on 4th and 18 is poor coaching/defending.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    54-10

    Wow really? I have since forgotten games in September. I am pretty sure that won't affect Byu's bowl game. But its evident that's your only obsession, LOL.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    jarka-rus

    Having the TCU kicker miss in 2008 was poor kicking not a fluke.

    Go Utes!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    @ jarka-rus | 11:37 a.m. Oct. 31, 2011
    Layton, Utah

    Your pain is evident as you endure 2 bye weeks in a month where every other team is playing conference games.

    ...and you had to endure the 54-10.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Ernest T. Bass |

    having TCU's kicker miss 5 chip shots in '08 was also a fluke.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Just like Byu, the schedule gets very favorable for the Utes, that CU game will be thrilling!

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    I'm signing off. Done. No more reading these inane "My dad's bigger than your dad." If all of you were in the same room you'd be sticking your tongues out at each other and saying "na na na na naaa naaaaa." Go meet by the swings and have a big fight and really show each other who's better.

    The vast majority of the Utah and BYU football players demonstrate, talk about, and treat each other with respect. They don't trash talk about other's coaches and programs. They don't listen to or read all this smack because they know it's irrelevant and nothing more than emotional hyperbole. Sorry to use such a big word.

    Football is week to week and year to year. The Utah team that played California was not the same team that played Oregon State. Otherwise they would have beaten California too. BYU may be down right now, but Utah is only one win better. Neither are great teams. But both have good athletes who work hard, play hard and give their best. That earns my respect. All the chest beating being done here only diminishes the person doing the beating.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    anti: 44 points isn't a fluke. Barely scraping by on 4th & 17 is a fluke.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    toosmartforyou,

    "Welcome to reality; delusions of granduer notwithstanding."

    Right back at ya. Weren't the BYU coaches and players talking national title? At least our coaches and players are well grounded with realistic goals coming into the season.

  • Pac12Proud SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Good article, Dirk. John White IV is an inspiring athlete...you gotta love his grit, determination, and yeah...especially his stats!! Well done, John!

    I have to say props on the black unis, too. Very sharp. The Pac-12 experience is phenomenal!

    Top to bottom, this was a great weekend from a sports perspective:
    Utes won and left no doubt
    STL Cardinals won the World Series
    Dallas, New England, and Washington lost
    TCU won their game on national tv (although no one saw it because the nation was tuned into the World Series)

    Great weekend.

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    I thought that Oregon State would be a tougher opponent. It was good to see Utah's offense sustain drives and score in the red zone. The defense was lights out. Tevita Finau was a beast.

    Arizona is going to be a tough game next week, but I think our defense is good enough to shut down the pass and I look for Juan Blanco Quattro to have another 150 yd game.

    I love being in the PAC12! Great competition and a fun game to look forward to every week. Life is good.

    GO UTES!

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    anti BCS

    "You realize that every time you post the score of a supposedly irrelevant game you prove that, despite all of Utah fan chest beating about supposedly leaving the Cougars behind, that BYU is still THE most important game on Utah's schedule -- and always will be."

    You realize how ironic it is for you, a BYU fan, to be posting on a Utah article and claiming that you've moved on, right? We cite the score of the game we played because that is the common event we share this year.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 31, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    ETB

    It says the game was a fluke.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 31, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    Tomahawk Red

    You realize that every time you post the score of a supposedly irrelevant game you prove that, despite all of Utah fan chest beating about supposedly leaving the Cougars behind, that BYU is still THE most important game on Utah's schedule -- and always will be.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    byu is 44 points worse than a 1-4 PAC12 team. What does that say for byu?

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    thehawk

    "Sportsfanforlife, its not their first winning season in their history. They had one a few years ago and pasted the y in the vegas bowl remember?"

    You're both wrong; BYU has never played Arizona State in a bowl game.

    BYU hasn't played ASU since 1997-1998, when BYU beat the Sun Devils back-to-back:

    1997 BYU at ASU 13-10
    1998 BYU vs ASU 26-6

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 31, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    CougFaninTX | 5:22 p.m. Oct. 30, 2011
    Frisco, TX
    The suspense continues to build as Utes move toward their epic 6-6 season and a birth in the fabulous New Mexico Bowl. Likely opponent could be the Wyoming Cowboys. What a match-up.

    -----------

    Just checked again. It's still the same.

    54-10.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    Desnews, I will try again.

    The Utes will win 3 of their last 4 and finish 7-5. Some BYU fans will discredit the Utes record until the rematch the two teams will have in the Irrelevant Bowl. This is the new bowl game for two rivals who think they are better than they are.

    Wait BYU has an Armed Forces Bowl contract don't they? Maybe Utah can find a way into that game with Tom Holmoe pulling some strings. A loop hole of sorts. BYU does have some clout don't they?

    At least for this year, the Armed Forces Bowl would be great around here. It could validate a season. Either Utah gets two in a row and stops all Cougar excuses, or BYU gets a win and shouts the first time fluke thing on the rooftops.

    I favor Utah in a rematch. Still, for two mediocre football teams, a Holy War Bowl would be a bang.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    Well well well, Utes got a win. Congratulations. Let's see if U can string two games together.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    @thehawk oh my bad lol. but i just making a point to the person from phoenix who all of a sudden wants to pound his chest after his team has a winning season and utah teams have a down year. but its funny cause both those situations only happen once every what 7 yrs? if that

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 30, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    The suspense continues to build as Utes move toward their epic 6-6 season and a birth in the fabulous New Mexico Bowl. Likely opponent could be the Wyoming Cowboys. What a match-up.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    WHAT NOW? | 11:53 a.m. Oct. 30, 2011
    Saint George, UT

    "tsfu

    Name the date and the verifiable source which quotes the UTAH AD, UTAH Football Coaches, or UTAH Football Players saying they were "...going to the 'Rose Bowl' in their very first year in the league..."."
    ===

    "What Now?" is correct. Dr. Hill and Coach Whittingham both understood that the PAC was going to be a tough gig.

    And... Who really listens to what the players say?

    I think "tsfu" was referring to the portion of the Ute fanbase that bought into their own hype.

    I think that many of us are seeing Utah play to the level we expected the first season in the PAC. Not winning the PAC South, but catching a game or two.

    JW IV is the bright spot for the Utah team. What a player.

  • the hawk Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Sportsfanforlife, its not their first winning season in their history. They had one a few years ago and pasted the y in the vegas bowl remember?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Nothing like a victory against the PAC 12 equivalent of Colorado State. Once again, BYU and Utah fans duke it out in utter irrelevance. Bad year for college football in Utah.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 30, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Cougar Nation #1;

    You got Stanford and Oregon reversed, as you will see in a couple of weeks.....

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    It is great to finally get a Pac 12 win. One always sets the goal to win the conference, but that is not the same a predicting anything. It has been tough and should get a little easier.

    Utah is listed 46th (of 246 Div I FBS and FCS teams) by Sagarin with a rating of 75.03.

    We have had a somewhat difficult schedule, according to Sagarin, the 23rd most difficult:

    76 Montana State (67.09)
    21 Southern California (83.20)
    55 BYU (71.85)
    32 Washington (78.87)
    15 Arizona State (84.92)
    67 Pittsburgh (69.18)
    52 California (72.91)
    101 Oregon State (63.28)

    We have four games left and Sagarin rates them as follows:

    58 Arizona (71.33)
    56 UCLA (71.84)
    88 Washington State (64.85)
    128 Colorado (58.79)

    I am not going to predict we win all four, but these four are rated lower than most of the games we have been through.

    Our defense will keep us in all of them. But, our offense needs to keep drives going to both score and keep the pressure off the defense. OSU couldn't stop White, but some of these might.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    @bribri86 funny when arizona st has its first winning season in what...?school history? then you wanna come on here and say utah football is irrelevant? lol get a clue. arizona football never has been relevant.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    tsfu

    Name the date and the verifiable source which quotes the UTAH AD, UTAH Football Coaches, or UTAH Football Players saying they were "...going to the 'Rose Bowl' in their very first year in the league...".

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    @toosmartforyou
    You want to talk about delusional? Just look at your screen name. I know it's touch to deal with getting spurned from three BCS conferences. Well actually I don't because Utah got into the PAC 12 while that other school is stuck in the WACK. Wack conference for a wack school.

  • UU702 Layton, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    @ cougar nation

    Independent Rankings:1)Notre Dame.2-4) Who cares?

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Wasn't this a benchmark game for the Cougars? Apparently 54-10 was a fluke, with both teams having their starting quarterbacks. Oregon State was the "real test" they said, a measure of the backup quarterbacks.

    Cougar Math Problem - Cougars beat Beavers by 10, Utes beat Beavers by 19.
    A) Utes are 44 points better than the Cougars (you can't change history)
    B) Utes are 9 points better than the Cougars
    C) Utes are better, even with Doman in the pressbox instead of the sideline.
    D) No way Utes are better. I'll focus on something else like who is bowl eligible already.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    @cougar nation

    Still waiting for the Big 12 invite i see?

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    Utes played great D. The O was ok. I thought Jon did a good job at first. The 2nd half was played not to lose. U know Jon has a good arm he can throw the ball down field. But after the first half i never saw a throw more than 10 yards. Let the kid throw deep. We have good wide outs. How can u call offense football with Whit saying on each play don't turn it over don't turn it over. Norm head is going to explode.

  • Cougar Nation #1 Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Great job in making history- 1-4 isn't bad in a weak conference in its weaker division. :) Arizona, UCLA, WSU and Colorado are very weak teams too. My rankings in the pac-12: 1. Stanford 2. Oregon 3. USC 4-12. Who cares?

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Utes! I missed the game too but glad to see you win!

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    I meant "good luck NEXT week". I'm thinking faster than I'm typing this morning. And I really mean it. I hope you have a great season this year, and an even better one next year. Can't win them all every year (although it would be nice). Sorry I missed seeing yesterday's game.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Congratulations, Utes. I'm glad you got the win, and good luck week. Didn't get a chance to see the game. I'm a BYU fan, when I'm also a U fan unless they are playing each other :) Some years are better than others for both teams. For the Utes, this has been a difficult year, but it's always a good football program there. Keep up the good work.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    @toosmartforyou
    they "made history" by taking 5 tries to secure a PAC 10.2 conference victory; this from the team rthat was going to the "Rose Bowl" their very first year in the league.

    Funny you say this considering Colorado is 0-5 in their first year in the Pac...How do you figure Utah "made history"when Colorado is obviously doing worse in the same situation? BTW I can only imagine how a team that lost to Utah by 44 points would be doing with the same schedule, 1-7 maybe?

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Oct. 30, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    Good job, Utes! Way to put it away early! Next week let's put together 4 quarters of football now!

    toosmartforyou: Sorry, but I saw on another one of our boards you were complaining about our fans' class (and grammar). And then you post this. Really?

    J-TX: Don't worry, we're not, but I do expect a win. And we will have to play good football to get it.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    @DC
    That cal game was a trainwreck but a lot of what happened against washington and arizona state was just too many turnovers making the defense be a: in poor field position and b: on the field too much. (And actually our incompetent offensive showing against cal also leads to b).

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 30, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    I will admit, I thought the Beavers would win this one. But I wouldn't get over-confident going up against AZ....

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Oct. 30, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    The Ute D is for real, for some reason they just decided not to show up in the last few weeks. Same with White. As soon as Whit can get a real QB (next year) this team should do just fine in the Pac 12.
    Congrats on the win, Utes.

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    Congratulations to Coach Whittingham and the 'Running Utes'.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2011 3:00 a.m.

    Great win. 35 carries for White IV. Again, too many carries. I get it, White is the key to victory from an offensive standpoint. But if he goes down, then what? John Hays IV at RB. The thing tonight that got me was having White carry the ball 7 straight times with three minutes left. It was 24-8 at the time. The game was over. Put in Langi or somebody.

  • bribri86 Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 30, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    Too bad Ute football, along with all other Utah schools, are still irrelevant when it comes to College Football. The State of Utah will be represented by BYU in the Armed forces bowl and lose to SMU. Too bad, so sad!

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Way to go Utes!

    Clean up the game and don't come out flat footed. But still, looking better!

    And there goes the credibility of the Y's win against Oregon St out the window. Won by 10? No prob, the Utes won by 19!

    Go Utes!!

  • scarlet Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    Yes, the Utes do break through. Great game guys, you knew the W was due. Let's see how Whit manages to keep stoking the fire in the bellies of the players, because the rest of the schedule is winnable if they continue to play no-excuses Ute ball.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 30, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    they "made history" by taking 5 tries to secure a PAC 10.2 conference victory; this from the team rthat was going to the "Rose Bowl" their very first year in the league.

    Welcome to reality; delusions of granduer notwithstanding.