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Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 12:20 a.m. MDT

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Against a team like USC? Yeah the defense wore out with too many three and outs by the offense. Time of possession was in USC's favor.

Despite that, Blechen dropped a sure INT in the end zone, that costs Utah points. The big play (great throw and catch/Hays to Scott) was a huge blow before the half (TD called back/no points followed because of the missed FG.. Then at 24-21 in the fourth quarter, Utah has USC pinned deep, and boom an 85 yard TD from Barkley to Lee. The pick six came next and heartache was on tap.

The defense was not bad but did wear out. They gave up 31 points (the other TD was on the offense/pick six), but take away the 85 yard one play bomb (which you can't obviously, and the stats are different).

Utah was beat but they had their opportunities. No moral victories, but improvements were made at offensive line since the bye week. Also, White IV who has been shaken mentally and physically, looked like he might get his form back. he ran hard and Utah will need him the rest of the way.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

gdog3finally

Yes, Utah missed an interception and a scoring opportunity on a called back TD, but you're also ignoring the two missed FGs and two dropped passes for sure TDs that USC missed.

Bottom-line: After USC spotted the Utes 14 points in the first three minutes, USC dominated Utah, outscoring the Utes 38-7 during the next 56 minutes, before Utah finally scored a TD in the final minute of the game against USC's 2nd stringers. Final score was only a 10-point spread, but it could have easily been 24 points.

bslack
Draper, UT

I agree Utah is playing better, but stop the taking plays away and the game is different speech. Take away the two 1st Quarter fumbles by USC and the game is different. Both of those plays were as flukie as the 85 yard pass. I like what I am seeing from White as well as the play calling by Johnson. Johnson has to get the ball to the receivers as they are the playmakers and can change the game and give the Utes a chance.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I really don't think this game was the moral victory krueger and whittingham want to spin it to be. utah was thoroughly dominated in this game. The only fluke in it was the final score which made it appear to be closer than it really was.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Duckhunter

That's right, I forgot that moral victories are the exclusive domain of BYU. "I don't care what the scoreboard says...in my heart I know we won that game" - Brady Poppinga after BYU lost at Boise State.

Bottom line is USC has a better football program than Utah. I'm still waiting for Duckhunter to admit that there's a better football program out there than BYU, but I suspect you'll just claim that BYU keeps "beating themselves."

yankees27
Heber, Utah

As I said on another story, those that get off on moral victories, I'm sorry. That wasn't one last night! We got beat by a superior opponent, 'Nuff said!

As for the rest of us, let's let Duckie, SammyG, etc.,fight it out with Chris B and his other 3 names. They should just have their own page so the rest of us U and Y fans don't have to be subjected to their constant diatribe of useless info. These 4-5 guys on each side kind of make the rest of us who want to have a civil dialog with one another next to impossible doesn't it?

Maybe Sirius/Xm could be their fix, it worked for Howard Stern. And that's really what these guys want to do is stir the pot like the original pot stirrer Stern.

joseywales
Park City, UT

Yankeedoodle- I get what you're trying to say about Howard Stern. But, a better analogy would be to compare these guys to Dino Costa. For those of you that have listened to him you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

But anyway, I agree with the post. It's usually the few that make the many stink you know? And I was at the game, and USC was just bigger, faster and more athletic than the UTES. We better start hitting the recruiting harder than ever before.

utefan87
salt lake city, UT

Does anyone else think it's weird they started two freshman inside linebackers. It seemed that every time the ball was ran past the line and Blechen wasn't right there, the backers got ran all over. No judgement passed on them though, they are freshman, that's what's expected. I just don't know what the coaches were thinking trying out two inexperienced freshman at such a technical, intellectual position. There's been so much inconsistency who's out there and who's starting. Maybe the defense just needs a little more consistency with that position.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

@Swoop

I do realize USC missed two FGs. Utah also missed one before the half. But here is the major flaw in what you are saying. How is it that USC spotted Utah 14 points? Utah took those points. Fakahafua made the strip and score. Star bull rushed USC's Center and pushed him into Barkley to force the fumble. Utah then throws a TD pass.

If USC spotted Utah 14 points, then how is it that Utah's mistakes don't count as spotting USC points? Again, i.e. the pick six and Blechen's dropped INT in the endzone.

The game was 24-21 in the fourth quarter and USC made two huge plays (big plays).

USC is the better team. They also are the evil empire of college sports. USC stands for the University of Spoiled Children.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@utefan87

I think what utah needs is some actual talent at that position. Linebacker is not a position utah has ever been stellar at. I'm not sure why that is either. They always have quality d linemen and quality d backs but linebacker, with rare exceptions, has never been more than adequate and right not they are far less than adequate. It is quite frankly the root of all their current defensive problems.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

While observing how dominant Star Lotulelei was I came up with my formula to enhance success in college football. #1 - you must be on the field. There were probably much higher rated recruits sitting on USC bench than Star. #2 - you must go to a college that will teach and develop skills. #3 - The more games played in the major market against the "high profile" teams the greater exposure. #4 - you do not have to play for the best teams in a top conference. #5 - You do have to do well against those teams. This is the formula that allowed Star to win the Morris Award as the top defensive lineman in the PAC-12 last year and have him projected as a top 10 (or 5 or number 1) in the pro draft this year.

Congratulations, Star. You "are the man" and a Ute!!

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