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Utah football: What the players had to say following the upset of No. 5 Stanford

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  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    To those chirping about Texas' victory over Oklahoma:

    Had Iowa State won the game they had taken away on a fumble-recovery non-call, the Red River shootout would have been vastly different without Mack Brown on the sidelines.

    The players knew they had to fight for his job, and their effort as opposed to the BYU game was night and day. That same urgency against BYU likely would have resulted in a completely different ball game. As a Ute fan, even I would have enjoyed watching a more closely contested ballgame in happy valley. Too bad Texas didn't take BYU seriously.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Utah would have lost had Hill stayed.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    @ 2 BCS wins
    No one knows where Oklahoma would have been had Sam Bradford not been hurt.
    No one knows where Texas or Stanford will end up this year.
    (Texas just destroyed #12 Oklahoma)
    No one knows how Utah and BYU will play on the road the next 2 months.
    Bottom line is this season is far from over Utah could be top 15 or Not ranked (or bowl eligible)
    BYU could be top 20 or not ranked (or bowl eligible)
    Bowls are likely for both.
    Bottom Line. The season is 1/2 done as in 6 of 12 regular season games.
    Both have 4 of 6 games on the road.
    Good luck to both teams.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    As expected from utah "fans" pure hypocrisy. Exposed.

    LOL!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Stanford, and the PAC 12 are grossly over rated.

    That's why the only legitimate team (Oregon), so easily, crushes the others. Put them in the MWC and see what happens.

    This won't be Stanford's only loss.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Very well said 2BCSWINS.

    Dennis Erickson is fantastic! I am so glad to have him tutoring BJ. This game was a huge shot in the arm for a team that hadn't given up. I am so excited to see them keep progressing.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    @Ducky..."When BYU beat 3rd ranked oklahoma utah "fans" were there to tell us that oklahoma was not the 3rd ranked team because they lost to BYU. When BYU beat top 15 texas utah "fans" were here telling us that texas was obviously not a top 15 team since they lost to BYU."

    I love it the 4 straight losses 9 of 12 and now a win over a top 5 team is driving you crazy isn't it? Ducky nice try on this spin though everybody knows that bradford was knocked out of the game just as chuckie was against Utah st. this year. I would be willing to put a friendly wager on it that Stanford finishes the season in or near the top 10 vs that Oklahoma team and this years Texas team outside the top 25.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 10:45 p.m.

    @ducky

    Time is the test. As I remember the Oklahoma win was after their all American quarterback was "knocked" out of the game and refresh my memory on how they finished the year. Texas - was preseason picked fourth (I believe) in the Big 12 and was defeated in the next game after the Y loss. Because this was Stanford's 6th loss in the past 4 years let's see how they finish the season. (I'm betting this was a BIG win by Utah) Speaking of how a team does both before and after a win how did Alabama do after their defeat to the Utes in the Sugar Bowl? Now that was a BIG win!
    PS. Hope you were as impressed as most were at the grace Stanford displayed past game!

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    @duckhunter
    Your theory falls short because you fail to realize that when Stanford beats UCLA next week they will be right back in the top 10, nice try DH.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    @who are you

    I think it was a great win by utah but you cannot have the double standard. When BYU beat 3rd ranked oklahoma utah "fans" were there to tell us that oklahoma was not the 3rd ranked team because they lost to BYU. When BYU beat top 15 texas utah "fans" were here telling us that texas was obviously not a top 15 team since they lost to BYU.

    OK, so that means stanford is obviously not a top 5 team since they lost to an unranked utah team. You did not beat the 5th best team in the country, you beat something less, utah "fans" have set the stnadard for such appraisals so utah "fans" now must live with it as well. stnaford is not a top 5 team, they something less, just the way it is.

  • OhioUte2218 Columbus, OH
    Oct. 13, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Troy Town / Cougardawgs, et.al.

    I would like to point out that Christopher B (and all his other aliases) is not a Utah fan, he's simply a BYU-hater. He exposed himself for the fraud that he is last March when he said he wouldn't cheer for the U women when they played in the WNIT Championship game. A true fan of any school cheers for their teams under any circumstances.

    Please ignore him and please don't feed him. He doesn't deserve attention, but he probably could get a group discount on psychiatric counseling, as Cougardawgs points out.

    Congratulations to both Utah and BYU on their wins yesterday. Stellar wins for both programs.

    I agree it's time for both fan-bases to move on. BYU is not Utah's measuring stick, nor is Utah BYU's measuring stick any more.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    BYU fans can celebrate two wins yesterday. A good win by the cougars over Georgia Tech and Utah's win over Stanford. For over two years now many BYU fans have expressed their opinion about Utah being in the PAC-12 (Or according to many Y fans the PAC 10.2 etc) and that Utah could not beat a PAC-12 team with a winning record or only beat the bottom dwellers of the PAC-12 etc. As they said this they were also saying that same team has beaten the Y every year since the Utes joined the PAC-12. So by implication they were admitting that no matter how they minimized the Utes performance theirs would have been worse. No longer. Now the Y fans can say the Utah team that beat them this year was a team that beat the number 5 ranked team in the nation. So much more impressive for the Y fans.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 13, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    UteExpat

    "I swear some of these comments by so-called Ute "fans" are so inane that they must be made by fans of another school posing as Utes."

    You would think so, but unfortunately for U, most of these comments were made by the same BYU-obsessed Utah fan.

    Congratulations to the Utes on finally getting a decent win in the PAC 12. Stanford obviously isn't a Top 5 or even a Top 10 team, but the Cardinal are a very good team.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Oct. 13, 2013 12:20 a.m.

    Huge win for the Utes!!! Just remember both Utah and BYU have the same record and both lost to BCS schools!!! We will see how both teams use there new found confidence moving forward!!! Both teams are in a much better situation then being in the MWC!!! Congrats again to Utah now move Onward and Upward and show it was not a fluke win in your conference!!!

    Go Cougs!!!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    StGSLC:
    "Anybody else automatically scroll down the first four or five comments on almost any article because they know they've likely read that comment dozens of times already?"

    Haha...it's especially sad when the comments are made by one person with 3-4 different names. Anyone know a good psychiatrist for our little friend?

    UteExpat:
    "BYU is in the rearview. They aren't the measuring stick anymore".

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm a BYU fan, and Utah's in our rearview mirror as well. BYU needs to forget about Utah and what they're doing because it means nothing to us BYU fans anymore. We need big wins over big programs and secure our place in CFB, and Utah does nothing for us in that process. Time for both programs' fans to wish each other luck and move on. So good luck Utes, hope U have much success in the PAC.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    UteExpat, I completely agree with you on the class of the Cardinal. Very impressive, and indicative of a team that has earned all the recognition they get. I was also very impressed with the same thing with Oregon State's coach Mike Riley, UCLA's coach Jim Mora, Brett Hundley, and BYU's offensive coordinator Robert Anae this year. It shows a lot of class and is refreshing compared to some of the "better team didn't win" sour grapes and officiating complaints heard in the state in the last few years, or the accusations of injury faking last week.

  • UteExpat New York, NY
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    I swear some of these comments by so-called Ute "fans" are so inane that they must be made by fans of another school posing as Utes. If not, guys, it's time to grow up. BYU is in the rearview. They aren't the measuring stick anymore.

    Watching these interviews, I was impressed by the Stanford players' class--saying they knew what they were in for with Utah, not making any excuses, saying that Utah just beat them. This is a quality, class opponent all the way. Stanford and other such programs are what Utah is measured against now and where the team's and the fans' focus should be. This was a great game. I hope the team has finally turned the corner after being oh so close the first two Pac12 games of the season.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Anybody else automatically scroll down the first four or five comments on almost any article because they know they've likely read that comment dozens of times already?

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Head to head recruiting last four years more recruits have picked Utah over byu, with many saying the many benefits if the PAC 12 being a big reason

    This certainly won't do anything to change that trend!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    Things I said since offseason:

    Utah would beat byu for fourth time in a row
    Utah would beat usu
    Utah would split Stanford and Oregon
    Utah would go 8-4

    This program will be a force in the prestigious PAC 12

    Like I said.

    It took a few years for recruiting to improve and YES we are getting much better(higher STARS) than we did in our Mwc days.

    That's only going to continue!

    The future of football in Utah,

    Is Utah!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Head to head four years in a row: Utah
    Best win: Utah
    Toughest schedule: Utah
    Worst loss: byu
    Higher ranking after they are released: Utah

    Can't wait for the spin from Provo about byU being better

    Let me say this in advance:

    Lol!

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    Stanford will likely end the season in the top 10

    Has byu or usu done that recently?

    Second time in last 5 years for us

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    Utah is the one and only premier program in the state.

    And YES, having better(higher star) players than we have had previously helped us get this win.

    Some teams think they are headed to a national title with 1-2 star nobodies, even though USC, Florida, lsu, Alabama all had high star recruiting classes.

    I LOVE my bcs membership!

    It's better being better.