The 3-1 Utes gave away a game in which they were favored by 17 points to a team that's been Division I-A for only a little more than two seasons, falling 31-28 to Boise State (3-1) in the final minute Saturday in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
That's not nearly as devastating as Sunday's news out of the training room.Linebacker Phil Glover, maybe the most important player on the team, is gone for a month and perhaps six to eight weeks.
Freshman offensive tackle Doug Kaufusi, a strong fill-in when all-league Nate Sybrowsky couldn't come back from knee problems, has a foot injury that's similar to but not quite as bad as the one that's kept Brandon Dart out since the early preseason.
Senior safety Robert Love, the heart of the secondary, is likely out at least for this week's game at Wyoming with a sprained right knee.
Defensive end John Frank, who missed the Boise State game with a sprained tibio-fibular joint, is likely out another week.
There were other dings, but trainer Bill Bean thinks they can be resolved.
He seems pessimistic about Glover's injury, a "bad high-ankle sprain" that will require further examination Monday to determine whether to cast it or surgically insert a pin in it. "At the very best, four weeks," says Bean. "It could be six to eight weeks. We don't know yet."
Kaufusi has a soft-tissue injury in his right mid-foot and was to have an MRI Monday, said Bean, certain Kaufusi will miss at least Wyoming. Someone stepped on his foot in the game, Bean said. Love twisted a knee during a tackle, he said.
As for the game, coach Ron McBride said he could see a letdown coming for the last three weeks because the team kept tempting fate with mistakes.
McBride said he'd take the punt to the 1-yard line again over a 47-yard field-goal attempt that could have produced a loose ball or put the Broncos at midfield. McBride wasn't happy Utah's defensive line encroached on the first play from the 1, knowing the Broncos would try to draw Utah offside. BSU QB Nate Sparks kneeled with the ball - a safety if the call was against BSU.
Score: Boise State 31, Utah 28
Record: 3-1 overall, 1-0 WAC
Offense: Didn't have as many turnovers but dropped some passes, false-started three more times and was outdone by Boise State, 409-373 in total offense. Rushers fared well (205 yards). Grade: C
Defense: Five sacks were a season high but allowed BSU 10 of 19 third/fourth-down conversions. Held Broncos to 38 rushing yards but gave up 371 in air, made critical penalties. Grade: D
Special teams: Punter started slow but picked up. Placekicking was strong, but returns (a lost fumble on the first one) were spotty. Coverage looked OK. Grade: C