Utah Utes football: Sun shines on Utes in comeback overtime win over Georgia Tech

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    A Utah man sir.

  • OKC UTE Moore, OK
    Jan. 2, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    @ ECR 7:07

    You're wrong White does credit Asiata. Read ESPNs report on the game. He mentions that as soon as he saw Sean "blast" a guy he knew that he'd be making it in. Don't rush to judgement. They all rely on each other. They are the true "Band of Brothers".

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Jan. 2, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Great win. Great article...except...Mr. Facer - and everybody else including John White IV - left out the most important person in this win. It was nice that Shawn Asiata was mentioned for his touchdown earlier in the game but on the final play of the game, John White IV is going nowhere with the blocking of Asiata. Let's give credit where credit is due.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    Great to see the U win in overtime. Disappointing season against a very weak PAC-12, but a final win helps. Hope the coaching staff now stops getting the players hyped up to play PAC-12 opponents which on average are about the same as the team has been playing for years. The PAC-12 hopefully improves over the next few years. It was truly only very mediocre this year, and still the team could only win against one good team in the conference UCLA, and the truly awful teams WSU, Arizona, and OSU, and then lose to a terrible Colorado team. This bowl win is a nice redemption.

    Jan. 1, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    gdog, the official ruling of why the SC touchdown counted was that it was not the scoring player that had the illegal celebration. That new rule states that the player running the ball into the end zone cannot celebrate before he gets in or the TD is disallowed. Since it was his teammates celebrating and not him, the score still counted and the penalty would have been enforced on the kickoff, but there was no time remaining, game over.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Jan. 1, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    Nottyou: If you don't understand the difference between winning and losing, stick to Judge Judy. You have no business on a sports blog.

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    Jan. 1, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Hi, nottyou.

    The Sun bowl may not be a BCS bowl, but it is one of the oldest bowl games in the nation. It has been around for nearly eighty years, and Utah played in one of the early Sun Bowls in 1939. Utah was victorious over New Mexico in that game, and, thus, Utah is now 2-0 at the Sun Bowl. (And it doesn't hurt that the Sun Bowl pays out millions of dollars.)

    You need not recognize the toughness and dedication that the Utes showed on the field, and you need not recognize their accomplishment. The simple fact is that the Utes played a great game. They overcame adversity this season and made a whole lot of lemonade. This Ute fan is pleased. (And though I would have been disappointed with a loss, they would have been my boys win or lose.)

    As for your other question, college football bowl games have little to do with the meaning of life. But if you insist, I can probably draw upon some metaphors and use the game as a means of teaching you that you need to endure to the end, fight the good fight, etc.

    Or maybe you were just being sarcastic in an attempt to tear down the Utes or their fans? Ouch, you got me.

    Pretty weak, nottyou.

    Jan. 1, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    nottyou, apparently you're the only one keeping yourself from being happy with BYU's bowl win.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    It's interesting to me that in the 13 games that Utah played, 9 were convincing outcomes one way or the other. The other four saw Utah win two close games and lose two close games (2-2). Both wins were in overtime and were the same score. Utah beat Washington State and Georgia Tech 30-27. The two losses were the same score as well (kind of). Utah lost to USC and Colorado 17-14 depending on how you look at it. The final score at USC was 17-14 until the final box score changed the score a few hours later. The blocked FG by USC as Utah was trying to send the game to overtime was returned for a TD with USC on the field celebrating. By rule the score was not allowed, but for some reason hours later, the TD counted. It was not legit.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Great week of Footbal for the State of Utah. Way to go Utes to pull this one out. I have to admit, it looked pretty grim in the 3rd...but what a team. Also, I have great respect for Hayes...well done! He had every excuse to not get it done, and yet, he did. If a couple of passes had been caught that should have been...his day would have been statistically excellent...however, the outcome was EXCELLENT! Great group of young men -

    Proud to be a Ute fan.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Utah by three. BYU by three. Both wins on the very last play of the games. Lots of heart. Neither quarterback were "the anointed" ones. Isn't it great to be a fan of BYU and Utah? Can't we just get along?

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 1, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    When everyone in the state hate given this team and this season up for lost following the loss of their talented qb-they still had faith in each other and won 5 of their last 6 games.
    When everyone had thrown Jon Hays under the bus and said we couldn't win with a D2 qb--he went out and won 5 of 6 games and he wasn't responsible for the 1 idiotic loss.
    When every single fan in the stadium, state of Utah (including many of their own fans) and in the viewing audience had given this game to Georgia Tech in the 3rd quarter-they believed in each other and came back to score a stunning win.

    I used to think it was a little over the top when every single Ute player interviewed would say, "It wasn't about me--everybody contributed." Now I'm starting to think that it's 100% genuine. It's a good time to be a Ute football fan.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Jan. 1, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    I was checking the score off and on while pulling a Saturday shift at the hospital. Thought the game was over when GT was up by 14...shocked to see at OT win by utah when the shift ended. I picked GT by 3 points at the beginning of the bowl season, on Friday I was thinking utah would win by 5...pulling for GT all the way and really thought the 14 point lead would hold up and caught myself thinking,"Why did you ever think the u would win this game?"

    Wow, an OT win by a PAC 10.2 team...I really didn't think it would happen. A nice win for Norm as he heads to UH, a good comeback win for utah. The state of Utah did very well in the bowl season. Looking forward to 2012 football season - now on to conference play in BB...good luck to all and a happy new year to everyone.

    Please let it snow!

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    I thought we were suppose to look upon non-BCS bowls with hate and disgust. Look at the picture of those Ute players...they are happy and celebrating an accomplishment. I guess all that talk only applies to BYU when playing in and winning a non-BCS bowl. How could the Utes be happy with a win in the Sun Bowl? Please help me to understand. Please teach me the meaning of life.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Jan. 1, 2012 7:23 a.m.


  • UtahBy44 Beaver, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    What a GREAT game!

    The Utes Never, Never, Never Give Up!

    2011 has been a great year for the intro into the PAC-12 and 2012 will only continue to capitalize.

    The future is VERY Bright!

    Congrats Utes!

    Jan. 1, 2012 1:59 a.m.

    What a game! This group of guys, collectively, is one of the guttiest I've seen. With their huge increase in competition and losing their starting QB, I'm amazed that they found a way to win 8 games, including some impressive OOC victories over Pitt, BYU, and now Georgia Tech.

    A great season, Utes! Looking forward to next year!

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    Jan. 1, 2012 12:33 a.m.

    Way to go Utes!