Turnover-free Utah gets road victory at Pitt

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the conference season. Ugly win or not, this team showed they have the will to win and to do what it takes. Solid D and mistake free O makes a huge difference. Clean up the special teams and we're there. Bring on Cal. Go Utes!!

    Oct. 17, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Oh, a few more kudos. Nice job everyone playing in very adverse conditions. The passing and punting game were a joke. Coachs way to adjust to the wind. How Coleman made those field goals was unbelievable. He must have kicked during a lull in the wind gusts. Also, great game to John Hayes for getting better on a week to week basis. You are a gamer. We are counting on you and we know you can be counted on! John White as always did a great job. Defense you guys are fantastic, and really scare the heck out of any opponent. The Cal Bears are about to get skinned!

    Oct. 17, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    Give Jay Hill a break. The winds were gusting up to 40 mph. If you were not at the game you would not understand. Until this game the Utes were one of the best kick off and punt teams in the country (and they will be again). Our fans are so spoiled. There were several mistakes made in this game that they can fix. First the missed tackles on the kick off return, the missed block on the guy coming up the middle that blocked the punt, and the players need to learn the rules about downing a punt. As far as the errant snap; I was watching that ball take a left hand turn in the wind. I am sure it surprised the heck out of our punter as he had to leap after the ball. Don't be so negative arm chair QBs. Grab your Slurpee and your Cheetos and just enjoy the show. Oh by the way; Derek Shelby you are the MAN!

  • meet me in the MUSS Sandy, Utah
    Oct. 16, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Don't listen to the supposed Ute fan talking about P12 championship game. Utah can still salvage a decent season, but as far as the championship goes, well, there's always next year. I for one will be happy with another Vegas bowl matchup against BSU to get some vengeance, but they probably won't lose another game in conference play. Good defensive effort Saturday Utes, but like the ESPNU commentators said, "sorry for the last 3 hours, that was a boring game"

  • dnsmith Salt Lake CIty, ut
    Oct. 16, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Pitt didn't roll over and die. They were trying till the end everything they could think of. Dialing up some trick plays to get a spark, trying a new mobile Qb to shake things up. The U D just smothered them completely. They shut down their star RB who broke out one, yes just one decent run the whole game. We owned pitt except for special teams early on. It made the game look closer than it ever was. The D made sure of that.
    What was really disappointing was our O-line on pass protection. Horrendous. can't single out anyone person but man lets get it together. It's unacceptable to give up 7 sacs. Few if any QBs can put up good passing numbers with that kind of pressure. If he gets time he can deliver. He also has the ability to scramble but too often he tried to get away rather than throw it away. with time chow will have him wisened up.
    Can't wait for Cal and OSU this month! Cal will be tough, I hope we can put together all phases of the game, if we do watch out!
    GO UTES!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 16, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    @ LifelongUte

    PAC 12 championship? No chance.

    Beating ASU was needed. I would say that even at 1-2, Utah would of had the best chance. The ASU loss was a three game swing though. Postgame, Utah was 0-3 and ASU 3-0. ASU went up four games withe tiebreaker. If Utah won, they would have been 1-2 with ASU 2-1. Instead of four back, Utah would be one back, owning the tiebreaker in this scenario.

    Yes, ASU has one loss now (since Oregon game). However, Utah would have to win their last 6 conference games and ASU would have to lose 3 of their last 5 conference games, in order for Utah to win the South.

    I don't see my team winning 6 in a row. Still, I think that scenario is more likely to happen than ASU losing 3 out of 5 in the weak southern division.

    The ASU loss hurts because Utah would control their own destiny now. The Washington loss affected conference standing, but they are in the north. USC is ineligible. ASU is the only head to head factor team the Utes have played in the south. Controlling destiny was possible.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute;
    That is really funny. Pitt was one of the worst teams I have seen play this year. This was probably their worst effort of the year. Utah will likely end up with 3 conference wins at best and make it to a bowl with a 6-6 record. Your defense played well but the PAC teams aren't going to roll over and die like BYU and Pitt did.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    Asu just lost. Just two games back from playing in first PAC 12 championship game.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 15, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    This is only the second game I've seen the Utes play this year, and I must say White is the real deal. There are not many RBs his size that can be every down backs, but he's shown he can be that back.

    And I was blown away by Hays. No, he's not Kellen Moore, but considering how many reps he's gotten, and how few schools recruited him - I was expecting his performance to be a disaster.

    By the time next September rolls around, U will have a QB controvery. Hays will challenge for the starting position next year, and probably win.

    With Wynn going down, I was one of them who predicted your season was over. I stand corrected. Congrats on a nice win.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    I don't know why this was rejected Des News? I resubmit this with some editing (guess work on where the rejection came from.

    John White IV was terrific today. He has been solid, save one game. The little guy always runs with heart and desire.

    Here is my concern. 36 carries by John White IV is too 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 of him by running the ball. The production level of White is something I am confident in.not My concern is the possible wear and tear on White when carrying the ball an unusually high number of times. Coach Whittingham did this to Matt Asiata a few years back. By mid season (that year), Asiata was worn down, then tore his ACL.

    If White gets hurt, the Utes will be out of offensive firepower. Devonte Christopher is out with the ankle. Wynn is out for the year. Utah needs to take the heavy workload for White, and dial it down some.

    Again, 36 carries is too much.

  • akk2602 Sandy, Ut
    Oct. 15, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Nice win!!! Defense was awesome, White too, Chow called a great game, No turnovers.... We keep doing that we will win. We don't need Hayes to be great just solid. Go Utes!!!!!!!!!!

    Oct. 15, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Let's leave the harping on things like that to the coaches and captains of the team. As fans, we can be happy to come out with a win that we fought for and deserved. Road trip to West Coast next week, get us another one, Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    Saying the Utes had no turnovers is misleading.

    The bad snap on the punt is a negative 15 yard turnover (no positive yards with possession change).

    Having a punt blocked for a TD is worse than almost all turnovers (can only be negatively equaled).

    Special teams gave up two TDs for that matter. Getting into the red zone four times and getting three FGs is terrible. The two Ute TDs were not of the red zone variety. One was a lucky deflection to Matthews and the other a defensive TD by Shelby.

    Blunders were abound in this game for Utah. Yes, technically they had no turnovers but come on.

    The worst display of red zone offense I have ever seen since Ron McBride was today. Utah gets to the Pitt 3 yard line with a 19-14 lead. About 5 minutes remain in the game. Utah can ice it. They have a 2nd & 1 from the Pitt 3. What do they do? They get a false start, take a sack, get a personal foul, put themselves out of field goal range altogether, then botch the punt. ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC!!

  • Fly Fisherman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    "The Utes won, but have serious special teams issues AGAIN. How does Jay Hill keep his job?"

    I agree. It was frustrating watching the horrible special teams play and constantly wondering if those special teams would be the reason for a loss. Yet, ironically, Utah could have the PAC-12 special teams player of the week with the field goal kicker.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    I'll take a win on the road any day. Not pretty at all but a nice game by the D and White.

    Keep it rolling Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    The Utes won, but have serious special teams issues AGAIN. How does Jay Hill keep his job?

    The Utes not so special teams gave up a TD on a kick off return, had a punt blocked for a TD, had an errant snap (producing a negative 15 yards on a punt), and failed to down the ball twice inside the five yard line on punts.

    The Utes have to shore up punter protection (5 punts blocked since last year). That said, special teams is a problem across the board. Think opening kickoff against Washington. Utah dominated the first half and went to the locker room down 10-7. After learning Wynn wouldn't be back in the second half, they quit like the Cougars did against them.

    Utah tried to beat themselves today against Pitt. How about having a 19-14 lead with 6 minutes left, the ball on the Pitt 3 yard line (2nd & 1). Utah then gets a false start, Hays takes a sack (instead of throwing out of the endzone), and Cullen gets a personal foul. Result: No TD and not even a FG attempt (after starting at the 3 yard line). Bad punt snap follows.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 15, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Yup. +3 in the turnovers. That kind of stat can help you overcome some tough odds like being down 14-3. No quit in this team, despite losing their last two, missing Wynn and Christopher, and being down 11 on the road across the country.

    Let's hope they take care of the ball next Saturday against a team that is very similar to this year's Pitt: Cal.

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    congrats to the Utes I'm sure it was well earned.

  • Midway Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Interesting game for Utah. Their defense was magnificent! Their offense needs a lot of work, but did look like it was kept conservative by the coaches. I felt like the offensive play calling was there just to not lose the game. Well, it worked. It reminded me of the Montana St. game where the game was called to help the QB with just some simple calls. It worked - no turnovers, and Utah gets the win. With that, you could say Chow called it right - Utah's offense did not lose the game like it did the previous two weeks, and patiently Hays will come around.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    Cullen single handedly tried to give the game away. He was horrible!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    Yep, nice job. No turnovers. Beat Cal and go Beavers.

  • Utesby3 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 15, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Awesome game for the Ute defense. They absolutely shut Pitt down. And White and Hays had great games. Keep in up! Go Utes!