Utah Utes football: Utes stymie Ray Graham, Pitt offense

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    If the defense can stay solid until the passing game catches up, we should have good success the rest of the season. I'm not expecting all wins, but we should finish with a winning record. 7-5 or 8-4.

    Oct. 16, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    If we can continue to cause 3rd and long situations, I like our chances against the pass on D. We shut down UW in the first half. The only time they moved the ball was because of two senseless penalties from us, and that only resulted in a FG. The second half was a different story with Polk running wild and kept us guessing and guessing wrong. Our defense needs to realize that first down is the time to make a statement and make things easy on themselves. You control first down, in most cases you control that possession. Hopefully that clicked with them this weekend and will continue into conference play.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 16, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    UNfortunately, SoonerUte, that means Utah is in the bottom 1/3 of the PAC. Hopefully, their defense can continue to do well in leiu of their offensive woes, particularly in the red zone and on third downs.

    Here's what I can see: when Utah has faced a solid RB, but a weak QB, they have found success. They've been able to focus on the one and make the other beat them. Unfortunately, this year they've faced some decent QBs (Barkley, Price, Osweiller) as they did last year (Moore and Dalton).

    Unfortunately, most of the remaining PAC-12 teams on the Utes schedule are pass happy teams, and most rank upward of 100th in rushing (esception UCLA). Look at Arizona (Foles). As bad as they are, they are 3rd in passing yards. Even the woesome Buffaloes are 44th in the FBS in passing yards (Utah is 84th, by comparison).

    So I think it's safe to say the Utes will continue to shut down the running game, but it having the kind of impact it had last Saturday is doubtful. They'll have to step it up somewhere else too. My hope is, Hays and a power running game will develop.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    1/3 of P12 teams are winless in conference play.
    1/3 of SEC teams are winless in conference play.
    1/4 of B1G teams are winless in conference play.
    1/5 of B12 teams are winless in conference play.

    That's life in a BCS league.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Just two games back from playing for PAC 12 title and rose bowl! Being in a bcs league is a beautiful thing.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    "They dominated us defensively and took Ray away," said Pitt coach Todd Graham. "They were dominating the line of scrimmage up front."


    The ESPN talking head after the game who apologized to the fans for wasting their time with this game had it wrong.

    Watching a defensive unit imposing their "will" on a game, and delivering the W was really a thing of beauty to watch.

    Just remember that 12 ugly wins will get you a pretty good ranking.

    Congrats to the team for getting the win.

    Now, let's focus on getting some wins in the PAC.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    John White IV was fantastic today. Although he has had good games and a few not so good games this year, the little guy always runs with heart and desire.

    Here is my concern. 36 carries by White is to many. They have to find room for Langi or Palermo in the run game.

    With Hays at QB, Utah has to take the pressure off by running the ball. The production by White thus far is not what concerns me. It's wear and tear on the body of a running back with to heavy a load. Whittingham did it to Asiata a few years back. By mid season, his body had nothing left.

    If John White gets hurt like Asiata did, the Utes will have no offensive firepower left. White is our only offensive punch. Devonte Christopher is out with the ankle and Jordan Wynn is far away in Shoulderville.

    Whittingham needs to take the pressure off of White.

    Question me if you will, but I am afraid John White won't survive without help. 36 carries is to many.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Utah won! Thank you. Still a pathetic performance outside of the defense, which was great.

    Offense was disjointed and special teams left nothing special on the field except Coleman Peterson's FGs.

    Utah is competing for the worst red zone offense in the country.

    The Utes scored on a lucky deflection to Matthews outside the red zone, and Shelby got a defensive TD. Other than that, Utah gets to the red zone four times and gets three FGs.

    FGs are bad enough (no TDs), but the possession where they failed to score was the worst red zone execution I have seen since Ron McBride.

    Utah has the ball at the Pitt 3 yard line with about 6 minutes to go. The Utes are up 19-14, have 2nd and 1, and can ice the game with 3 yards. Getting one yard on second down would have giving the Utes first and goal from the 2 yard line. What do the Utes do? Get a false start, take a sack, get a personal foul, and get negative 33 yards. So now they are out of FG range. At least they can punt. Oops, they botched that. Negative 48 yards total!