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Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 4:19 p.m. MDT

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Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I could leave a snarky comment here about having no big play capability but the truth is a 21 play drive is impressive to me as a football coach. That is just grinding it out down the field and going 21 plays without committing a turnover or making some other big mistake is hard to do regardless of who you're playing against.

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

Thanks, Duckhunter. I appreciate the comment and believe it to be true.

I wonder how much this drive was about simply running out the clock.

dumprake
Washington, UT

This "record breaking drive" should actually be kind of an embarrassment. Playing against probably the worst team in America, and it takes you 21 plays and 9 minutes to score? Yes, such a drive would be impressive if you were playing Alabama or USC, but against these guys?

Hawkyo
SYRACUSE, UT

I would have to agree with both of the first two posts. 21 plays isn't easy to do without a TO and yes I believe this was purely an attempt to run off the clock.

Carpe Diem
Syracuse, UT

This isn't a positive story...in fact, it would only be a real story if this had been any other team in the FBS or FCS...even Weber State would have "maybe" made it a story. Northern Colorado was 0-11 last year, 3-9 in 2010, and 3-9 in 2009...they are perhaps number 1 or 2 of the worst teams in the country and that's even in the FCS. It's almost like having a "record-breaking" time consuming drive against Bingham High. That's not a good thing.

GoGetter
Sandy, UT

dumprake,

Read the article.

Go Utes! Very impressive to keep control of the ball for that long AND score. Pretty awesome to know that the Utes weren't interested in running up the score, and played very conservatively.

sammyg
Springville, UT

So which is better, grinding out 21 plays and wearing out your offense or simply passing the ball, scoring another TD and then letting your D get some experience.

Against any other team I can understand ball and clock control. The benefit of doing this against Northern Colorado... not so much.

Leave it to the media and Ute fans to spin this game into something 'stellar' for both offense and defense.

Time to move along.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I give full credit to the Ute defense, but the Ute offense is still a question mark. I think we'll find out a little more about the offense against the Aggies, and a lot more about the offense against the Cougs!

I'm expecting a great game between the Utes and the Cougs this year, likely to be another nail bitter - possibly going down to the final drive, like so many others.

Question for the Ute faithful - would you really rather watch your Utes beat up on a team like Northern Colorado than play a team like BYU? The truth is, both teams will be just fine without playing each other, but the fans on both sides deserve this great rivalry game.

Murph is really coming along as a TE. Yes, I'm still wishing Murph and Star were Cougs. Good luck on a great season. I'll be cheering for U in every PAC12 contest.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

sammy, leave it to Utah haters to spin anything mildly noteworthy into "wearing out your offense." 4 different ball carriers, 2 quarterbacks, and 5 receivers used. Never mind that this was the last time any of the offensive starters were on the field, and it was separated by a quarter break, though. Don't let anything logical get in the way of your argument.

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

Spin it haters! Spin it!

This is the reality, there were only two shot taken down field for big yardage and one of those passes was dropped. Utah could have pulled out all the stops on every drive and really opened up the playbook and the field but they didn't they grinded it out using their most basic plays + one reverse.

Again I ask all the BYU fans on here. What is your point? If Utah is bad, does they somehow make you better? If you were smart you would be building them up so that whether you win or lose at RES this year, you can say it was to a good Utah team.

P.S. Kudos to Nelson and crew on a solid victory. I only gave them a 14 point victory over WSU.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Ho-Hum. Wake me up when you play a real D-1 team.....

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

sammyg's pondered "which is better, grinding out 21 plays and wearing out your offense or simply passing the ball, scoring another TD and then letting your D get some experience."

The D has plenty of experience. The O has question marks. 21 downs for new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson to try some plays is a great thing.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Please tell me one thing, other than Wynn not getting injured in this game, that whooping up a shutout on Northern Colorado is worth all of this chest thumping about?

Nothing hateful about reminding people that this was not a game to judge a whole lot from.

Stellar defense, 21 play run against a team that hadn't won a game in 2 years. Give me a break. It's laughable.

I bet your PAC buddies are really worried and analyzing the film on this one.

You guys played one of the worst teams out there and beat them. Big deal. Making this more than that is an embarrassment.

And by the way some of your own fans with have discounted this game for what it was.

Jenny83
OGDEN, UT

Sammy G...So BYU plays a team with a new coach, a QB that hasn't played for almost a year, and a team that only won 4 games all of last year and BYU only manages to beat them by 24 points. (at home) .and you are beating your chest...Get real!

Hawkyo
SYRACUSE, UT

Oh Jenny, please re-read your post. You sound desperate. Why can't you be pleased with Utah winning and BYU winning? More rides on the game when both teams are doing well. It helps with SOS as well which is going to be a part of college football for quite a while. Do yourself a favor and let go of the hate! Cheer for the other guys once in a while. It's very refreshing!

Shoreline
84321, UT

@Jenny83

Really? You're copying comments from other sections? Yes BYU only beat them by 24 pts. Would it have been better if they went into overtime like the Utes did last year? Perhaps the Utes should be most worried about the fact that they lost to a colorado team who just lost to CSU. Playing statistics is fun isn't it?

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

To Coug Fan in TX - I have no problem with the Utes theory of a lower end team, a mid major team, and a high quality team for the three non conference games. Florida State (ACC certainly isn't any more difficult than the PAC 12)opened with Murry State and Oregon opened with Arkansas State. There are another half dozen examples of teams from a major conference opening with what should be an easy win. USC typically plays a more difficult schedule but they start with Hawaii and Syracuse - not exactly high end teams either.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Jenny

Wow, I'm not beating my chest over anything, get a grip. I simply stated the Utah win over Northern Colorado wasn't worth the fuss.

But since you mentioned it... I think I'll beat my chest now.

I'm now officially beating my chest with this BYU win.

Oh my heck, BYU defeated one of the greatest teams in the nation, a PAC 12, BCS conference team, a giant of giants from the tiny perspective that BYU has from this pit of obscurity, no conference will have us, independent abyss. A superior over qualified team that never should have lowered itself to even play a podunk team like BYU, a WAC / MWC throwback that is the bane of all college football.

I'm beating my chest Jenny! BYU dispatched a superior PAC 12 team!!! Deal with it!

numer35
Orem, UT

Sam,
It amazes me that people think it is even justifiable to talk about Utah playing Northern Colorado to start off the season, while BYU's finale three games are against teams that combined for only 11 wins last year. All of which didn't win more that 5 games. BYU has to play better teams in the first half of their season, because to most conferences BYU is considered a lose lose game. If they win no one cares and if they lose then there season is ruined. I can't wait for BYU to get into a solid conference so that they can celebrate a good season when they win over 6 games.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Record or not, I would rather the article not be written and pump up any accomplishments against Northern Colorado. The weeks to come are what matters.

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