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Published: Saturday, Nov. 5 2011 8:49 p.m. MDT

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dnsmith
Salt Lake CIty, ut

Great Win!!
The D got a little soft as they felt comfortable with the lead they built early on. Almost let AZ get back into the game. Good Int to seal the deal and shut them down. They ran the DBs all over the field but when it came down to it the big plays were made. Chock up the W. Now its time to work hard UCLA will be a challenge.

GO UTES!!

Utesby3
Sandy, UT

The Utes looked good tonight. I hate to count our chickens before they hatch, but we are beginning to look like a team who belongs in a bowl game. With our remaining schedule we should be able to pull out at least one more win (hopefully two or three).

MN Ute
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Haha, I love that they mentioned White's block last night. It was epic to watch, especially on replay. This dude had at least 5 inches and 70 pounds on White, so naturally one of them got clobbered. Of course, I'm talking of the other dude, White completely flattened him, which made the entire room at the viewing party I was at start laughing. Great game and I agree with Utesby3 that the Utes are starting to earn their way to a bowl. Gotta give credit to White, Hays, and the special teams for scoring the points and the d for hanging in their against such a great qb and receiving core.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

I gotta agree about White's most impressive play. That pass block on the AU lineman tells all about White. He's tough as nails and has a huge heart. Hopefully Harvey Langi is watching John White closely, and learning.

flintrock
Rigby, Id

I would like to know when was the last time in college football that the same player (Greg Bird) blocked two punts in the same game. The odds have to be atmospheric. I would think that it has to be one of the rarest feats in all of NCAA football...let alone the NFL. It just does not happen. Anyone know?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

flintrock, the NCAA record is actually 4 punts blocked by Memphis's Ken Irvin in September 26, 1992's game against Arkansas and again by James King of Central Michigan against Michigan State on September 8, 2001.

Of course it's never common to have multiple blocks in a game, but the good special teams coaches usually coordinate their block plays so that it's either one or two specific guys that get to it. Bird has been singled out as the premier special teams player for the Utes, so if the team has multiple blocks in a game, it's not surprising that they were both him. He also did a great job downing punts inside the 20 yard line in the game this weekend. He ought to be the conference special teams player of the week if the voters actually watched all the games.

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