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Published: Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:30 p.m. MDT

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correction...Brian Johnson didn't win the Sugar Bowl MVP in 2005...it was 2009

East Salt Lake City, Utah

I was at the game. I remember Pitt fans talking trash about "who did you beat". Our reply, "After we throttle you, still no one. We want Auburn!".


Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Great season and great memories that I'll never forget. Thanks to everyone involved with the 2004 team; and congratulations! You all changed Utah football forever

Go Utes!

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The BCS did everything it could to minimize Utah's year by refusing to match Auburn and Utah when both were undefeated. The did match USC and Texas (I believe) both undefeated and then declared the winner would be the National Champion. Had they matched Utah with Auburn one would have ended the season undefeated - leaving it and the USC/Texas winner as the two undefeated with fans demanding for one more game between the winners for a more valid national champion. Utah's win over Pittsburgh was great and leaving the stadium I felt I had watched the pinnacle of Utah football. Little did I know 2008 would reach a new height!

Provo, UT

I think without question the 2004 team was better. The only game you felt the Utes were really tested in was the game against Air Force, who was actually pretty good that year. They didn't get the sexy opponent in the BCS Bowl game as they did with Bama in 2009 but the stats don't lie, the offense was much better in 2004 and with both Urban and Whit in control of both sides of the ball, this team was darn good.

Storrs, CT

Who am I sir, USC-Texas was the next season, the 04-05 season was USC-Oklahoma. USC had a very dominant team that year as well, and I think the only team that would've beaten Utah, but Auburn or Oklahoma would've been much more interesting than Pitt.


The thing I remember about the 2004 Fiesta Bowl-winning team was how incredibly dominant they were in each game. They didn't have a game closer than 14 points. As I watched those games in person, I was struck by the fact that Smith and his offense could easily have scored into the 70's and 80's against most all of the teams they faced. Sheer domination. And I would have given anything to see how the Utes would have stacked up against USC and Auburn. I'm very confident we would have beaten either team. What a year to remember!

Go Utes!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

That was an awesome season. Much like the 2008 season, it left me wondering how Utah would have done against the so called National Champion that year. They beat Alabama by more than Florida did in 2008, and didn't lose a game; like Florida did to Ole Miss. Would they have beaten Florida? Maybe, maybe not; we will never know. The BCS was like a really, really good book; with a horrible ending.

Go Utes!

Layton, UT

Memorable times, memorable players and coaches. Let's never forget, it was Ronnie-Mac who put the program back on it's feet and it was his recruits that did what they did under Urban and
Whitt. Go Utes.

Park City, UT

Who am I sir?

Utah 2004 only beat three regular season opponents with winning records, none better than 7-5, Utah didn't beat any ranked teams during the regular season, and the Utes were only ranked #6 in the final BCS standings.

What made U think you deserved a chance to play in the BCS championship game?

Brad J
West Jordan, UT

Oh it does not matter it is in the past who cares.

salt lake city, utah

"The Utes, he continued, were determined to show that the BCS setup was not only unfair but kind of wrong." - Alex Smith

It has been a while since I have heard from Ute fans on this subject...since about 2008.

How the view changes from the foot of the throne.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

My sources are also telling me Harvey Langi has already changed his mind again - a couple days at byU was enough!


Layton, UT


The Utes knocked down the door and forced their way in.

Your team cites 30 year old accomplishments and grovels about unearned entitlements.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

Yeah remember when the utes could make it to a bowl game?

Salmon, ID

Utah may have been the first BCS buster, but Boise State is clearly the best BCS buster. I think head-to-head competition proves that.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

utebusters is right. Beating bad teams in 1984 was way harder.

salt lake city, UT

Great time, great game,great atmosphere. It was then repeated 4 years later in New Orleans. The Utes and the players made the state proud. Something the state had not seen before and to do it twice in 4 years was incredible!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

What a great year that was!! The university and its sports programs are still benefiting from what that team accomplished.

American Fork, UT

That was a great year for the UTES. I enjoyed the reminiscence. Thank you for publishing that story.

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