Hedgehog, Toledo isn't FCS, they're in the MAC, which is FBS. And there were
officially two sacks in the game, one of them a sack-fumble, plus another
scramble that McGhee got back to the line of scrimmage, not much different from
a sack. The team averaged 2.6 yards per carry and the QB averged .5 ypc. Tell me
how that is a bad showing by the front 7. Or start by telling me something that
Has Wynn's throwing motion always been like this? Something is wrong with it. He
isn't bringing his arm up high enough when releasing. He's cocking his arm funny
and just doesn't look right. I'm a Ute fan, but not sold on Wynn. He has to show
something, especially after his surgery.
Contrary to what some have posted here, from where I sat the defense looked slow
- Montana State had a lot of success running around the ends and consistently
beat our guys down field. We also didn't put a lot of pressure on their QB.
But Montana State looked like a very quick team and with the good field position
our defense provided (especially from the first interception and the blocked
punt), I think this win belongs to the defense. Wynn needs to read
the defense quicker, look more for down field receivers and throw crisper
passes. The tight ends need to gain more yards after they catch the ball -
admittedly, they were usually catching the ball in traffic and at least they
caught it. The offense usually develops slower than the defense and Chow
certainly has the credentials to fix it. Nobody should give up yet.
@Kosta Fesenko"The defense is fast and has a lot of
playmakers."The only playmaker on defense was Brian Blechen.
The DII team only had a couple of decent athletes and one burned you for a 47 yd
catch and the other kept your front 7 at bay without a single sack the entire
game. The DL was supposed to be a strength this year. If they can't
put any pressure on a DII QB, they won't be able to vs. the P12.@Rational"I tend to agree. (Though Michigan was a good
opener.)"Was that TIC or were you serious? An OT squeaker
against the worst Michigan team in over 100 yrs? Michigan, btw also lost later
that year at home to Toledo who was an FCS team with a losing record.I think the Northern Arizona opener a few years back was a good one though.
@Whatsinitforme?"Utah's speed in defense and White's running ability
were great, but that was about it. Not impressed. Not enough to compete against
good BCS teams"Utah's speed on defense was okay, I think they
looked fast to you because they were going against a lower division team. Next
week against USC you'll get a little dose of reality on how ordinary the team
speed is for Utah on defense.White did look fast though. He looked
like a lightning bolt on his TD run. He will be fun to watch this year. The only
other running back that even attempted a carry was Vakapuna and I'm surprised he
didn't do better than 1.5 or so ypc going against a smaller, slower FCS
defense.@Mormon Ute"Funny how many BYU fans we have
gloating on these Ute articles when they haven't even taken the field for a game
yet."Nothing funny about it. I'm certain we'll see you,
Hedgehog, Chris B, Naval Vet, mgr63, Uteology, Howard S, etc all out in force
posting on BYU articles after the game on Saturday. It goes both ways. Don't
need to complain about it.It's just a fact of life in Utah.
Adam, "Did I really see Utah run a fake punt against Montana State?"
Lots of Americans get Wyoming and Montana confused. Apparently
Coach Whitt does, too.
Did I really see Utah run a fake punt against Montana State?
Kosta Fesenko: "We never seem to have good openers."I
tend to agree. (Though Michigan was a good opener.)Last year
against Pitt was sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. 2007 against Oregon State
was some of the worst tackling I had seen since BYU against Utah in 2004.
Smack,Excellent comments. Please post more often.
The win wasn't anything more than what was expected. This was against Montana
State afterall. I'm not impressed with the prospects we have for the season
based on what I saw. We certainly didn't make a statement in this
A "B-"?Nope. I don't think so. Maybe if the MSU team we
beat 27-10 was "Michigan" State or "Mississippi" State, then
yeah, definitely in the "B" range. But we played "Montana"
State. Inflating our grade only serves to provide false security. Give us a
"D+". Or maybe a "C-"; thanks to Defense and Special Teams.
We earned it.Now let's get out there and work harder.Go
Utah! Beat USC!
Show me a team (any team) that doesn't have questions and make mistake in its
first game. The offense built a big lead and pretty much ran off tackle the rest
of the noght. The D was stellar until late when they looked tired from being
left on the field too long. The O-line was horrible. No way to even try to sugar
coat that. Let's just hope another weeks practice lets them gel as a unit. The
team speed was impressive. Utah will be fine.
No question about it, a lot of work to do next week.Funny how many
BYU fans we have gloating on these Ute articles when they haven't even taken the
field for a game yet.
I am more optimistic than down about the game. We never seem to have good
openers. John White seems like a real player. The defense is fast and has a
lot of playmakers. Having Cullen back next week will be very nice and should
help an already strong run game.Bad things are obvious; gotta get
better in the passing game. Wynn needs more reps with the guys and they need to
stretch the field vertically, otherwise, they are just going to stack the box.
If that one aspect can be improved, I think Utah can win their next
two games, and be successful this season.
Running back gains 150 yards, and they give the effort a "C"?Either the writer set his expectation bar too high, or he earned his
"journalism" degree at that school down south.
Thank you to all the BYU-loving football experts out there who feel the need to
analyze, break down, and give advice to a team you supposedly don't follow and
supposedly don't care about. What would we do without you?
If Utah didn't want to give any film to USC and BYU then why didn't Utah play
the second team in the second half?
@MidMajor4ever I hope your right, but how did Wynn get sacked then? why did
Wynn run his own ball? Big risks to a recovering quarterback.
Up 24-0 going for a punt fake and I suddenly MISSED Joe Glen and Wyoming. I am
not sure that the Utes didn't pull out a lot of the playbook yesterday. They
looked so dominate in the first half I didn't even bother watching till halfway
through the fourth quarter when I saw an update suggesting the Utes either went
conservative or Montana State figured out how to tackle and block.That blocked kick was hilarious. I am just glad none of the upside down Utes
got hurt.Utah isn't supposed to win next week or the week after, but
that is okay. They STILL should be able to make the P12 championship being in
the weaker division.
@MidMajor4ever "Anyone who knows Coach Whittingham and understands football
should realize that the playbook wasn't opened tonight for Montana
State."I don't think it's going to matter too much if Coach
Whitt does finally "open up the playbook" next week against USC if
your QB can't execute the plays/throw the ball more than 10 yds down-field.As of right now, that's your biggest concern.Go Cougars!
Anyone who knows Coach Whittingham and understands football should realize that
the playbook wasn't opened tonight for Montana State. Utah didn't want to help
USC prepare for next Saturday's game in L.A.Utah will be just fine.
A little while back I predicted in a post on a Utes article the following for
Utah's first two games:> vs Montana St - laugher for Utah> @ USC - blown out by USCAfter watching tonight's game
on KJazz, I'm definitely sticking by my USC prediction.Utah's speed
in defense and White's running ability were great, but that was about it. Not
impressed. Not enough to compete against good BCS teams.Please make
some corrections for the USC game.
Wynn's throws had no zip. It could be a long year.
JD Tractor -Regarding: "not too much excitement anymore for
Utah, Pac 12 honeymoon is over."Can you honestly say you
believe your own comment following a game where Utah came out and showed the
vanilla version of their offense? Don't you think Utah held back just a bit once
up 24-0? Think they just might want to throw a few surprises at USC?You sound like someone desperately hoping Ute fans would be disappointed. And
whether there's the slightest disappointment or not, saying the Pac 12 Honeymoon
is over before we've even played a Pac 12 game? Get real. And even
when a down year comes, Ute fans will get to watch great football games/teams
almost every week of the season. Because of that, the honeymoon may never
end!I'd keep your focus on the Mississippi heat, humidity and
football team versus wasting your time hoping Ute fans will get disinterested.
It aint happenin'!
No, JD Tractor, you have a few things wrong. "Desperately looking for
bright spots" describes Iowa State watching video after getting mugged by
Utah at Jack Trice Stadium last year.After winning a game 27-10, you
don't have to look too hard to find the bright spots. In fact, most of the game
was pretty bright. The defense was fairly fierce--only giving up a few big
plays. The run game was solid--White ran for 135 yards. The kicking game was
good, although the punting could have been stronger. And special teams did
well.But if you are implying that Utah has some issues to take care
of, you are definitely correct. The offensive line has to stiffen up
significantly, Wynn needs to dig deeper, and the passing has to get better.As for excitement, there is plenty. The tough competition ahead is a
reason to be excited. Of course its possible that the Utes could lose--heck they
could have lost to Montana State if they had failed to show up--but to quail
now, when the stakes go up, would be silly.Go UTES!
Would have limes to have seen it. Consistent diet of wife's honey-do's instead.
yeah since we're grading....since this article didn't tell me anything i
couldn't see for myself...uhhh lets give it a D-
I sure hope that second half was designed to lull the Trojans into a false sense
of security for next week. If so it probably worked.
Utah struggles against a FCS team, desperately looking for brightspots. Up next,
USC, not too much excitement anymore for Utah, Pac 12 honeymoon is over.