Utah Utes football: Utah's defense nearly painted a 'masterpiece' against ASU


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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    @samurai joke

    Did you read all the comments? That's the point, they are what they are, they've won about half the close games and lost about half the close games, actually they've lost more of the close games than they've won. So they are good enough to pull out a close win 3 out of 8 chances. They are not good enough 5 out of 8 chances. They are closer to being 1-8 than 8-1 but quite a long shot.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 3:26 p.m.

    The defense has pulled their weight, especially with how inept the offense has been lately. It would be great to see both sides playing lights out against the Ducks. As much as duckster likes to point out that Utah is close to being 2-7 or 1-8, it's interesting that they could easily be 8-1, or 7-2 also. This has been a perplexing team to say the least.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    I was impressed with Utah's defense against ASU. The Sundeviks are a legit offense with decent weapons. That being said, the last two drives for ASU, going the length of the field in essence, spoke volumes about what this game was in the end. Utah's defense playing lights out, and ASUs offense not waking up until the fourth quarter. And don't make excuses about Utah's defense being tired. ASUs defense spent more time on the field and had to deal with all of ASUs 3 and outs as well. ASUs offense woke up when they had to and moved the ball against Utah's defense when they played the way they're capable. That's why the ASU game defensively doesn't say anything to how the game will go against Oregon. I predicted Utah would beat Stanford, remember. I predict Utah will get torched by an angry Ducks team that doesn't even need motive to absolutely demolish an opponent. Utah does not match up well with Oregon like they did with Stanford. It's gonna be ugly.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Gee I remember BYU fans talking about last year's 'near wins' and just getting pummeled and berated by Ute fans.

    I can't believe all of the continued whining and coverage of last week's game and this article came out on Wednesday.

    How much time does it take to mourn a loss in Uteville?

    Don't U guys have a game on Saturday or what?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    @spokane ute

    They're also pretty close to being 2-7 or 1-8 as well. It's interesting how the close losses are rationalized into near wins but the near wins aren't alternately looked at.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    Utah's defense was lights out @USC and ASU. We did choke against ASU but that was all on the lame offense. You can't expect your defense to hold with the offense going 3-and-out four times plus two TOs in the 4th.

    The big test is at Oregon. Oregon can't play physical ball. So I expect the defense to show up, but I also don't expect anything from our offense: Oregon 28 Utah 10.

    @Big Sky Fan

    Didn't you hear BYU is 9 plays from NEARLY playing for a National Championship.

  • Big Sky Fan Ogden, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    NEARLY is the key word here.

    Maybe we should add another column in the box score, Wins, Losses, Ties and Nearly.

    Utah would have the best record of them all. 5 Nearlies would lead the nation.

    Utah is nearly going to go to a bowl this year.

    Go Weber State! you are NEARLY beat Utah this year.

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Forgot to mention that I will be at Martin Stadium rooting on the WSU Cougars. WSU by 5.

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    The sad part about all of this is that Utah will be competing against......Washington State of all people for a bowl bid. How funny is that. That is a sad commentary as to the status of Utah football.

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2013 1:23 p.m.


    Every team in the country is missing key players at this point in the season.

    Blechen, btw, is no longer close to being one of Utah's best players.

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Utes dont even have 3 of their best players


  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:02 p.m.


    Thanks for the info, it looks pretty accurate. I read some where that the Big 10 might not fill all of it's slots, but that will be determined over the next few weeks. I'm hopeful that the WSU-Utah winner gets a bid somewhere. Utah needed to beat Arizona to get the New Mexico bowl and they didn't. We shall see how it all sorts out; have a good one!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 14, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    I could be wrong and I hope I am. But that is what is contractually obligated.
    This is why BYU signs deals so they aren't left out.
    The next two years they don't have a tie-in so they could be left out as well.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    @ Spokane Ute
    The Big 10 currently has 7 bowl eligible teams for 7 bowl tie ins.
    If the Big 10 gets two BCS bowl bids then the Heart of Dallas bowl should open up.
    The concern here is that Stanford and Oregon will both be in bcs bowls essentially eliminating Wisconsin from the BCS.
    The SEC may not have 10 eligible teams but the two open spots they may have are filled by alternates.
    The New Orleans bowl looks realistic that it may have an opening. But will probably fill that with an midwest or eastern team to fill seats.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    @ Be Smart

    I believe the BIG 10 may have a difficult time filling there slots. I guess we will just have to see where the cards fall in the next 3-4 weeks.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I also hope that the Utes make it to 6-6.
    The bowl picture is not looking very good the for Utes however the Pac-12 only has 6 bowl tie ins.
    Most conferences are going to get fill all their tie-ins. most of the bowls that remain already have alternates that will fill in.
    Even if Utah goes 6-6 they will probably not play in a bowl.
    The one truly open slot may come down to Arizona, Utah, and Notre Dame.
    but 6-6 would be great.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    BYU has a better offense than ASU and we would win Utah if the game were played now.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Quite frankly, I think Utah is going to shock the Ducks this weekend! I said before that despite their record they're a very good team and I think they can upset the Ducks! After all, it's Thanksgiving season and the Utes are ready to bypass turkeys for some ducks!

    Go Utes! Just do it! Look, the more you loose and get closer to the basement of the mighty Pac 12 the more disappointed I am for our Cougars to have lost to you 4 yrs straight! Besides, you need to remove the stench of the last three embarrassing defeats! You can do it! Good luck!!!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:35 a.m.


    Under the circumstances, I will be happy with 6-6, and I see that happening. Kind of frustrating to think how close this team is to being 6-3 or even 7-2 right now. Oh well, a strong finish would be nice. Take Care Guy!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    The defense played great, I put the majority of the loss on the offense and especially QB play.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    J-TX: Actually, they beat Colorado last time they played. They lost the year before.
    Also, I'm not saying Utah will beat Oregon, but if the defense plays the way they have been it could be a pretty interesting game, especially with Mariota injured.
    I also think we have Washington and Colorado. My prediction is 6-6 and I'm fine with that.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Nov. 14, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Close...but no bubble gum cigar.

    Oregon is too fast for Utah. Zero Chance.

    Utah's bowl hopes hinge on beating a WSU team that has been improving, and a Colorado team they lost to last time they played. That, and a favorable viewing compared to a whole lot of other mediocre 6-win teams....

    Better dust off the fishin' gear....

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Holding ASU to season lows would have been more impressive if Utah's defense hadn't collapsed and given up 70- and 80-yard touchdown-scoring drives in the 4th quarter with the game on the line.

    Nationally, ASU's offense is ranked 18th passing, 50th rushing, and 9th scoring.
    Oregon's offense is ranked 20th passing, 7th rushing, and 3rd scoring.

    BIG difference, especially when considering the fact that Utah is playing AT Oregon and the Utes haven't won a road game against a PAC team with a winning record since 1996.

  • IrieUte west valley, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 6:55 a.m.

    Gee I don't know, holding ASU to their season low in almost all categories while they are #2 offensively in the conference and Oregon is #1 does somehow seem "correlated"

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 13, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    Seriously Dirk?

    Utah is playing Oregon in 3 days and you're still focused on your "morale victory" versus Arizona State?

    Let it go already, you lost!

    There's no evidence whatsoever that playing ASU close is in any way correlated with Utah being able to hang with Oregon.