TOM SMART,
FILE: University of Utah football Coach Ron McBride.

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Sand and short sleeves provided some magic for the Utes against a team from the Land of Enchantment.

Utah coach Ron McBride dumped a little magic sand on the field for his players to see prior to a must-win football game with WAC Mountain Division co-leader New Mexico.

The sand, he told the players, was sent to him by some guy in Hawaii who said he blessed it first.

Then, McBride, who usually wears a windbreaker, discarded his jacket. And Utah won, 15-10. For the first time in four games.

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