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Published: Saturday, Dec. 10 2011 10:56 p.m. MST

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Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice spin Dirk, but it's been almost 70 years since Utah failed to score more than 42 points against BYU.

Playing keep away for 30 seconds EVERY possession was obviously a miserable failure. There is no solace in a 19-point loss at home to your arch rival just because it wasn't quite as bad as Utah's worst HC loss earlier in the week.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Really? This is what utah basketball is reduced to?

JayDee
West Jordan, UT

Well, Jiggly (yes, I said Jiggly...check out his arms) is right about one thing. The Utes did come to play for the full 40 minutes.

That was an amazing foul chasing down Cusick? back and forth in the backcourt with 8 seconds left, down by 20ish? so U could get the ball back and....what?...win? It was indicative of most of the game with no focus on actually winning (see stallball tactics down by 14-18 points with less than five minutes remaining), but rather the fruitless and laughable continuation of a game plan that may have actually worked had the U been able to stay within 6-8 points. Here's the worst indictment...Boylen would have coached a better game.

As anyone who watched could conclude, the Runnin' Utes crawled, playing so as to not be embarrassed. Funny, that seems to me to be more embarrassing (and pathetic) than playing to win.

But, as per Coach K, you are improving (lowest point total ever against BYU notwithstanding). Well Done! Don't worry, you will appear much improved when you get to the easy (PAC12) part of the season.

JayDee
West Jordan, UT

Sorry, there is a factual error in my last post. Utah did, at one point in time, score fewer points in a basketball game against BYU. But, I wonder if there are no living witnesses to it, even though it's in the books, does it still count?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

@JayDee

In that memorable 1996-97 1-25 BYU Basketball Season, BYU scored 32 points in a 42 point loss against New Mexico.

BYU did much better against Utah, scoring 49 points in a 36 point loss.

And yes, there are living witnesses.

And yes, it still counts.

See, it's easy to come up with stats showing how well your rivals have performed.

BluCoug
Provo, UT

"Utes show some life"

Really? After they put up their lowest scoring output of the season? They are clinging onto life support at this point.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

JayDee -

You have zero idea what you're talking about. I won't bother elaborating because it's more than obvious it wouldn't do any good.

nunya
sacramento, ca

well, imma say it for y'all...fire that coach, fire that coach, fire that coach....i can't believe a coach would ever game plan like that.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Lots of spin by the utes to rationalize this at-home drubbing. Being a gracious loser rather than bragging up their effort would have been better. The Utah Man attitude was - if your team loses and no one sees it, is it really a loss? The Cougars let the score do the talking.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Utah has a chance to beat Idaho State this week and may be able to beat Portland as well.

Go Utes!

oliverwhaley
Orem, UT

Things could get alot worse for the Utes:

Report: Penn State Contacts Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham
NCAA, Penn State

Penn State has contacted Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham about its coaching vacancy, according to CBS Sports. According to the report, Whittingham still has interest in the Arizona State opening.

Whittingham, 52, has been the head coach at Utah since 2005, when Urban Meyer left to become the head coach at the University of Florida. Whittingham has a 65-25 record as a head coach and is 6-1 in bowl games. He was named the AFCA Coach of the Year in 2008.

Penn State has been looking for a new head coach since legendary coach Joe Paterno was fired during the Jerry Sandusky scandal. According to ESPN, interim head coach Tom Bradley will be in charge until the Nittany Lions bowl game.

itsajelly
Walla Walla, WA

Proficiency at dribbling the ball for 30 seconds at a time and boring the crap out of all who watched? Brutal. Nice "by my calculations they can't beat us by more than 20 if we do this," tactic.

SammyG Child
ALTAMONT, UT

Anyone who talks about an embarrassing loss at home to a rival is off their rocker. 54-10 ring a bell???

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

Hey, according to one poster, Utah has a CHANCE to beat Idaho State.
Go Tattoo U

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

Alright then, if scoring the fewest points against your rival in almost 70 years is considered "showing some life", knock yourself out.

Sagarin still has the Utes ranked ahead of 16 teams, so I guess there's still some hope there.

#44 BYU
#100 WSU
#151 USU
#176 UVU
#301 SUU
#329 Utah (out of 345 D1 teams)

Which of these is not like the others?

17 Stanford
34 California
53 Arizona
78 Washington
80 Oregon
98 Oregon State
106 Washington State
139 Colorado
149 Arizona State
161 Southern California
222 UCLA
329 Utah

Since Sagarin only counts D1 games, the Utes are still officially winless in his rankings. Utah's last three non-conference games, and probably only remaining opportunities to pick up a D1 win:

#283 Idaho State
#182 Portland
#126 Weber State

bribri86
Phoenix, AZ

That was life shown by Utah? Wow! I would hate to see them without life then. That was pathetic.

bribri86
Phoenix, AZ

Still clinging to Football SammyG? How does this sound 14-17 against a 2-10 team at home. At least BYU's loss to Utah was to a team with a winning record. Oh, and please take Jake Heaps so BYU can destroy Utah with him at the helm. So many promises by Jake, so little delivery. Next year will hopefully be different, but for Today, we have Basketball. This will be a long winter for the Utes! LOL

SportsFan
Orem, UT

Somebody's Child

The biggest difference between 54-10 and 61-42 is:

54-10 gets you:
BYU(9-3) ranked #26 Coaches, #29 AP, #41 Sagarin
Utah(7-5) unranked Coaches, unranked AP, #38 Sagarin

61-42 gets you:
BYU(7-2) #44 Sagarin
Utah(0-8) #329 Sagarin

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

oliverwhaley

"Penn State has contacted Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham about its coaching vacancy, according to CBS Sports. According to the report, Whittingham still has interest in the Arizona State opening."

Whittingham knows that he's accomplished all he can at Utah and it's time to move on. Arizona State would be a great fit -- more resources, much larger fanbase, much richer history.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

phoenix -

Whittingham knows that he's accomplished all he can at Utah and it's time to move on. Arizona State would be a great fit -- more resources, much larger fanbase, much richer history.
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Go ahead and let us all know when Whitt takes that ASU job.

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