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Utes are a perfect 10-0 when senior running back reaches 100 yards

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 9:45 p.m. MDT

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MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

No Brainer---give him the ball

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Real formula for success - play the 3rd worst team in the PAC.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I watched the replay of the Cal game on the PAC 12 channel last night, the 60 min version. A couple of things caught by eye.
1) Why did Whittingham have Wilson and John White in the game, late in the 4th quarter when the out come was determined?
2) What has happened to Devonte Christopher?

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ CougFaninTX

Real formula for success - play BYU

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Utah is horrible and still hasn't beaten a good team this year.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ Ducky

You do realize I'm right too? 3 in a row and 8 of 11. You certainly own that one; or should I say, the Utes own you? Notice who came on who's thread and threw the first shot; typical and classy as always.

No laughter today? Cheer up, we both should win on Saturday. LOL!

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

"3 in a row and 8 of 11."

...against a team the Utes supposedly don't care about anymore.

It was very gracious of your big brother to provide the ONLY highlights of your first first two years in the PAC.

Unfortunately for U, that's all you have to crow about because you haven't done anything of significance in the conference - beating up on the other dregs of the conference in a frantic attempt to become bowl eligible is nothing to boast about.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Swoop: beating up the dregs of the conference....just like us during the late 70s and early 80s.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Spokane Ute - @ CougFaninTX "Real formula for success - play BYU"

I give you your due with 3 in a row, but 2 of them have been great games. And I hate to make excuses, but come on - beating a QB with a broken back can't be listed as your greatest accomplishment this year, can it?

Also, can you ask your counterparts to quit dissing BYU's November schedule. Colorado is no stronger than Idaho or New Mexico. Don't lay an egg like last year.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

SWOOP

Quit while you're behind-beating up on Weber St, Hawaii, Idaho, SJSU, and NMSU is not to much of a frantic thing, you'll get to your bowl probably win it and be set up perfect for-owe NO, NO 10 win season but that #25 ranking looks pretty good. Man that sounds fun.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

I think if we feed White the ball like we should have been doing all along, there is a very good chance we win out from here.

A bowl win would put us at 8-5, which although below our standards, is respectable. For whatever reason we struggled to get going both seasons, but I think we've turned the corner and will control things from here on out.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

SpokaneUte wonders "Why did Whittingham have Wilson and John White in the game, late in the 4th quarter when the out come was determined?"
Wilson was in the game because he is a freshman that needs as much experience as possible. Learning opportunties don't end just because the game is in hand.
White was in the game because York was out with an injury.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

CougFaninTx says "I hate to make excuses, but come on - beating a QB with a broken back can't be listed as your greatest accomplishment this year, can it?"

That's a very odd statement, CougFan.

When BYU took out Sam Bradford in the OU game, the Cougars got by the Sooners by 1 point. I've been told time and time again by Cougar fans that OU losing their Heisman-winning starting quarterback didn't make one bit of difference. Beating the worst Sooner team in Bob Stoops career is still lofted as a mighty accomplishment for BYU.

According to Cougar logic, a QB with a broken back is the same as one with a healthy back.

NORCALUTE
MoTown, CA

Our Utes have found their rhythm...finally. It's obvious they will win their final 4 games and go bowling. It's a great time to be a Ute! Hopefully next year Kyle can work on coming out of the blocks a bit quicker.

Jealous U
Alpine, UT

ETB

BYU also beat up on some very good WAC and non-conference teams during the 70's, 80's and 90's, and in the process won a national championship, a Heisman Trophy, and finished in the Top 12 more times than the Utes have finished in the Top 25 in their entire history.

MLH

I don't believe in morale victories, but losing three very winnable road games by a total of 7 points, including a 3-point loss at #3-ranked Notre Dame is proof enough that BYU can compete with anybody this year. I did notice that you conveniently left Utah State off your list of BYU wins and ignored how BYU completely shut down one of the best offenses in the country, in Georgia Tech.

btw, Sagarin ranks #22 BYU and #36 San Jose State higher than #44 Utah, and higher than three of Utah's final four opponents.

What chance would the Utes have of going to a bowl this year if they hadn't bookended their schedule with two byes - Northern Colorado and Colorado?

Jenny83
Logan, UT

CougFaninTX "Real formula for success" = Play BYU .......

Jealous U
Alpine, UT

SoonerUte

"Beating the worst Sooner team in Bob Stoops career is still lofted as a mighty accomplishment for BYU."

Revisionist History!

Worst record, maybe, but with three of the first four picks in the NFL draft and back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams to finish the season, Oklahoma was still a VERY good team.

At the time Sam Bradford left the BYU-OU game, the game was tied 7-7 and Max Hall was outplaying Bradford.

Hall - 14 of 18, 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int
Bradford - 10 of 14, 97 yards, 1 TD

Bradford played all but the final play of the first half and Oklahoma's only TD was set up by a fumbled punt at BYU's 35 yard line.

Oklahoma's first half possessions:

3 plays, punt
6 plays, 35 yards, TD
3 plays, fumble
3 plays, punt
3 plays, punt
3 plays, fumble
7 plays, 35-yard FG

BYU's defense was dominating Oklahoma, and it was back to back clean hits on Bradford, that took Sam out of the game.

There's no evidence that Oklahoma would have fared any better in the second half, even with Bradford.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Jealous U:

"At the time Sam Bradford left the BYU-OU game, the game was tied 7-7 and Max Hall was outplaying Bradford."

With 12 seconds remaining in the 1st Half, at the BYU 18-yd line, facing 1st-&-10, Oklahoma called a T.O. The next play, Bradford threw and incomplete pass, and was injured for the season. On 2nd-&-10, Oklahoma kicked a FG with 2-seconds reamining in the Half.

So yeah, TECHNICALLY, the game was tied 7-7, but whether or not Bradford went down, the Sooners would have kicked the FG anyway, so the scoreboard showed a Bradford-led offense leading 10-7 at the end of the 2nd Qtr.

And as for "outplaying" Bradford, that's a matter of perspective. Both were completing over 70% of their passes, and each threw for a TD. Hall threw for 127 more yds, but he also threw 36% more passes. And unlike Bradford, he ALSO threw for an INT.

Had Bradford not been knocked out of the game, the cougars lose in Norman.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

CougFaninTX:

"Colorado is no stronger than Idaho or New Mexico."

First of all, it's Idaho and New Mexico State (WAC)! Not New Mexico (MWC). And secondly, Colorado IS stronger than those aforementioned two. Substantially. Idaho and New Mexico St. compare to the Big Sky's Northern Colorado (Bears); not the Pac-12's Buffaloes. Don't be so frantic and emotional.

And FWIW: Colorado had never lost to New Mexico St, never even played Idaho, has a winning record vs. New Mexico, and hadn't lost to the Lobos since 1949. On the other hand, No. Colorado is 2-0 vs. New Mexico, 1-1 vs. New Mexico St, and, like the Pac-12 Buffaloes, had never even played Idaho.

Utah'95
FPO, AE

You guys wear me out....

The article is about John White, and how his success in running the ball correlates with Utah's wins over the last two seasons. For once I wish the comments could focus on the articles, rather than the tired Utah vs. BYU banter.

Good luck, Utes. Coaches Whit and Johnson, please give the Wolfman the ball!

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