U. offense suffers technical difficulties in Chow debut

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  • One Nil to the Arsenal! Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 3, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    I think Hays needs a shot. My suspicions were correct. Wynn was terrible. If Whit doesn't get things together in the passing game, this could be a loooooooong season. Running game looked ok. Defense, so so. Lets hope Wynn was just rusty (positive thinking).

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 2, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    Re: Wayne "I am beginning to wonder, however, if his legend as a "superman" might be a bit overstated based on his track record of the last few years." You're singing my song! I couldn't agree with you more, including that Coach Chow definitely knows more about football than any one of us. I just think the game has passed him bye.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 2, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Mr. Chow probably knows much more about football than any of the writers on this comment register. I am sure he is a very nice man. I am beginning to wonder, however, if his legend as a "superman" might be a bit overstated based on his track record of the last few years.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Sept. 2, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    @Naval Vet
    While rushing for 150-yds looks good, we should recognize it was against Montana St. If White can get 100+ yds vs. USC, THEN we can be impressed.


    How did Virgina Tech the #16 team in the nation last year do running against James Madison?

    White looked like the real deal. But I agree if he does this against USC then he have a real star.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Sept. 2, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Navel Vet, your honesty is refreshing. Thank you.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    Let's be fair, here. The stats/data don't lie and are there for all of our perusal. Coach Chow's offensive's have suffered technical difficulties even since he left USC. And I anticipate the finger pointing, just like was done at UCLA, will start if things don't improve over the next couple of weeks. Let's hope I'm wrong, but, again, the numbers speak for themselves.

    Sept. 2, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Watching Wynn throw last night reminded me of waching my son as an 8 yr. old LL QB - trying to balance a ball that was too big for his hand and throwing sidearm. Either his shoulder is not healthy or he just has terrible mechanics - or both. Also it's time for him to man-up, this is his third year and he appears to be scared out there. Either show some leadership, aggressiveness and fight, or move over and let Hays give it a shot. If he thought the booing was bad last year just wait to see what happens after one more outing like this one. Wynn's leash should be very short at this point, a very disappointing performance.

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    When all is said and done a win is a win (is a Wynn?). I wasn't able to watch the game (not in Utah), but followed it on my ESPN app. Considering the state of the team it is probably better that this wasn't an unquestioned victory. That will keep the players and coaches motivated, show little to the Trojans on film, and keep everybody interested.

    There were certainly some issues, but when you are ahead by 20+ points early in the 2nd quarter life can't be too terrible. I (along with Chris B) expected a little more. Hopefully they bring it and win next week. (And hopefully they bring it and lose the following week...what can I say-I'm a Cougar at heart)

    Take the W!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    So which headline is the correct one? The headline for this article is:

    "Technical Difficulties in Chow Debut"

    One of the other articiles headline is:

    "No Complications in Blowout U. Win"


  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:24 a.m.


    "...maybe Montana ST. is better than everybody thinks."

    Maybe...but most likely, it was because we were terrible. Hopefully we'll be able to make some substantial improvements over these next few days, because if we play like we did last night when we visit the Coliseum next week, we'll get HOUSED!

    While rushing for 150-yds looks good, we should recognize it was against Montana St. If White can get 100+ yds vs. USC, THEN we can be impressed.

    Go White!

    GO UTES!!!

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    @RBN | 7:46 a.m. Sept. 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    In answer to BC, it's Wynn.

    Ding, Ding, Ding!

    The problem is and always will be Wynn until they take him out and let someone else play that has Heart, the Utes are in for a very, very long season. I bet after the Y game, Wynnie will be done and be carrying the clip board for the next year and a half of his career. The Utes should try to go grab Alex Hart, I heard he left Utah State and he would fit perfect in Chow's offence. Talk about Detmer being compared to Hart is more of an accurate thought to compare than Wynn. Hart throws for 300+ in his sleep.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    I don't think it's the system. I think it's the execution. Wynn wasn't sharp and was telegraphing his passes all night. The line didn't look good in pass protection either.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    "But aside from those highlights and the fact Utah currently is in the top two in the Pac-12 in all offensive categories?"

    This quote from the article is so laughable it's scary it even got printed. Please someone tell me it was tounge in check and not a desperate, the most desperate spin ever.

    Truly, from what I've read is utah fans very desperately looking for anything good that came out of that game. With spins like this, utah is quickly becoming the poster child for being "out of touch" or "in denial".

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    What makes college football great? The fans. College football is popular because the fan can sit in the stands or the comfort of their living room and dream that he or she knows just exactly what it takes to have a successful play. If the team does what the fan thinks is correct then he/she is a genius and cheers on his team. (everybody is happy) If the team does something different and it works the fan cheers and is happy anyway. If the team does does something unexpected and it only partially works, well that's OK too, still happy. But if the team does something unsuccessful--then the fan knows more than the coaches and they should be in charge. Sounds like a good deal for the fan, doesn't it. It is!
    Comment sections like this work the same way. A fan can say just about anything they want and remain happy. They can smear their rival. They can make things up--no accountability, all they need is a key board, an opinion, and a board name. Who was it that said "most fans have very little real knowledge of he game" someone down south wasn't it?

  • Stackhouse paradise, nv
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    Brian Blechen is the man. Norm Chow is a has been. Should have gotten Mike Sanford after he got the axe at UNLV. He was awesome as the OC under Urban at the U. Not so good as a head coach with not much to work with in Vegas.

  • blucougr SLC, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Its way to soon to give judgment on the team, but Mr. Wynn needs to grow up, play with a little swagger and I mean soon. Like now. LA blogs have USC fans saying USC will win this gimme by 30+. I have a feeling USC will be T-ing off all night on Wynn.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    JW quit throwing off your back foot, And step up in the pocket. Nice call Whitt that is why your the coach.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Tom in MS,

    I think your correct in what you say about cloaking the offense in preparing for USC but Montana State, was able to get to Wynn pretty easily for an FCS program.
    3 sacks, 3 more hits and a few more hurries in the Ute backfield exposed all USC needs to know. Utah only sacked MS twice and had less hits and hurries.

    As Whitt said to David Lock; "the defense was adequate." but that was about a game with MS, it will not be adequate against USC.

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    I'am a BYU and a Utah fan and was dissapointed in the outcome of the game: but maybe Montana ST. is better than everybody thinks. Someone needs to give Montana a little credit.

  • Tom in MS Madison, MS
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Obviously most of the people commenting above watched a different game than I did. I don't think the Utes ran more than about 10 different formations. Very vanilla. I would expect as much before a game with USC. You don't want to open the whole playbook in the first game. Think about it this way - how many passes were thrown for more than ten yards? I don't think there were any attempted, much less completed. They didn't show a lot, and I think that was their plan. It was obvious as well that the Utes team speed is there, and the Blechen "experiment" at linebacker started out with a bang.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    0 turnovers by the "abysmal" offense. You'll win a lot of games on that alone.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Chow was cutting edge his first few years at BYU. I wish(hindsight)they would have given him a shot at the HC job instead of Crowton.
    Chow is now a peddler of the same offensive system that 50 other shcools use. If he has good players, especially a QB, who can execute, his offenses will do well. I think Wynn has the potential to be successful in Chow's offense but it seemed like the whole offense was out of snyc last night. I really hope they can get things worked out.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    Hey Norm & JayDubU, Don't let the naysayers get you down.

    First time working together in a real game situation, bound to be some glitches. The good news is that no one was seriously hurt, there was an excellent opportunity to show some (not all) of the tricks up your sleeve & you found some things that really really work.

    The true test is: "What did we learn?"

    No team will go undefeated forever, those days will come, so no need to worry about 'em. Just concentrate on fixing what needs fixing & get better every week.

    And guess what, next week will not be a perfect game either, nor the next, nor the next.....

    And as you can see above, the blue boo birds will be coming out to play every week, it's just part of the landscape. No big deal.

    As a first game this was a super beginning, a great start, as well as an excellent opportunity to learn and improve. We're on our way! :)

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Sept. 2, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    USC thinks next week's game is a gimme.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    In answer to BC, it's Wynn. Not once did he even attempt to put any zip on his passes. His drops, whether 3,5 or 7 yards, were slow and sloppy. I hope that it was more mental than physical or the Utes are in for a long season. Teams will load up the box, and if he throws the ball like last night Hays will be the quarterback by October.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    A season opener with no turnovers and relatively low penalties is really good for Utah. But, this is Montana State. The score should have been more like the UNLV/Wisconsin game.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    good thing they went to the Pac 12 as the league was getting short on mediocre teams

  • whitingnick Orem, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    If the Utes play like that next week they lose by 30+. The offense was TERRIBLE.

  • B C Park City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    Maybe there's a reason UCLA is paying Norm a half mil NOT to coach the Bruins this year.

    Is it Wynn?

    Is it Chow?

    Is it both?

    Or, is it just going to be a really long year for Utah fans?