Utah-Georgia Tech: Report card

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 2, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    COACHING: The cougars -- a 2-pt favorite entering the game -- rallied from an 11-pt 2nd-Qtr deficit to defeat the 3rd-place team in C-USA by 3-pts. Their coaches were awarded a "B+". The Utes -- a 3-pt underdog entering the game -- rallied from a 14-pt 4th-Qtr deficit to defeat the 3rd-place team from the ACC. Utah's coaches were also saddled with a patched-together, injury-riddled team, starting a D-II QB. Yet despite overcoming longer odds, vs. a better opponent, in a superior bowl game, Utah's coaches were only awarded a "C+".

    OVERALL: Again, Utah overcame longer odds, to beat a superior team, from a superior conference, in a superior bowl game, but only got a "B". The cougars were favored all along, and beat a very mid-majorey team from C-USA -- which ranked BELOW the ACC -- but they got an "A-". How can all of this be justified?

    Only in the Deseret News, the propaganda wing of the Indy-WACers.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 2, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    I just now read the cougars' Report Card, and I gotta say....interesting -- if not inconsistent -- grading criteria.

    OFFENSE: The cougars managed to get 344 total yds in the Armed Forces Bowl [AFB] -- against TULSA -- and scored 24-pts. The cougars offense was an unbalanced attack of 73% passing, 27% rushing. And for THAT, the cougars were awarded a "B". The Utes managed to get 337-yds total offense [only 7 fewer than the cougars] in the Sun Bowl [SB] -- against GA. TECH -- and scored 30-pts; 24 in regulation. The Utes' offense was a balanced attack of 57% passing, 43% rushing. And for THIS, the Utes got....a "C+"? And the cougars' offense turned the ball over twice as many times as the Utes.

    Utah played a better opponent, scored more points, turned the ball over fewer, and only amassed 7 fewer yds than the cougars but they get a "B" and the Utes get a "C+". Very interesting!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 2, 2012 11:56 a.m.


    Look, I GET why you're too embarrassed to admit that you're a Y fan. The cougars are so mid-majorey. But let's not be dishonest here. You ARE a cougar fan, and everybody here knows it.

    For starters, the U had more wins over teams with a winning record than the Y, yet you called out.....Utah? Ga. Tech beat only one more team with a winning record, but Utah beat Ga. Tech. So that pretty much settles who is the better team. Additionally, the SEC's Gamecocks don't follow either the ACC's Yellow Jackets, nor the Pac-12's Utes enough to know who they played, how many of their opponents had winning records, and then feel compelled to comment on a DNews "Report Card" article in seasons wherein they played neither. But cougar fans follow the Pac-12 Utes. And they KNOW who we played. And how many of them had winning records. Cougar fans have also demonstrated quite the trend of pretending to be fans of other teams.

    You're cougar fan. And you're too embarrassed to admit it. How pathetic of you. How marvelous for us Utes.

    Jan. 2, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    SC eh? Well then you've known for years exactly how "meaningless" one specific non-conference game every year is. I'm sure it's killing you the Tigers are in the Orange Bowl.

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    And you still reference the byu game. Pitiful vet. My point was made.

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    Navalvet, I never said I was a buy fan. I grew up in south Carolina. Go gamecocks. You guys are so paranoid.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Jan. 1, 2012 1:16 p.m.


    Utah had 3 wins over teams with a winning record: Montana St, Ga. Tech, and the Indy-WACers in Provo. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have counted MSU, since they ARE an FCS team, but seeing as how they put up a much better fight than your guys did [plus THEY never quit], I guess that sort of makes them a tad more relevant.

    At any rate, you're only victories over teams with winning records were Utah St. and Tulsa. And by my recollection, both of those wins were narrow victories won in the final 11-seconds of regulation...ergo, you STRUGGLED against them.

    And contrary to you and your fellow irrelevant - albeit self-important - frantic and emotional Y fans, the highlight of Utah's season was a hard-fought O/T win over Ga. Tech in the Sun Bowl. It must really sting for you Y fans to know that the Sun Bowl is significantly more prestigious than the Armed Forces Bowl, and that Ga. Tech is significantly more respectable than both Tulsa and your mid-majored team that no relevant BCS conferences ever wanted. Pitiful.

    54-10, and your boys quit.

    Go Utes!

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    and that is the highlight of your year. pitiful.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    "And how many wins did u get over teams with a winning record?"

    Anchor Clanker Gary:

    Other than the bowl game? Off the top of my head I can remember one down in Provo a while back.

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2012 2:40 a.m.

    And how many wins did u get over teams with a winning record?

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    @meaningless hater in bountiful

    Two meaningless losses against UTAH and texas cost your team, at least, a major bowl or a $17,000,000 BCS payday. At 11-1, with all your espn pull, a BCS invite was right there, but your team quit in LES and couldn't finish the deal in Texas.



  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    AW whooty doo needs a hug!

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    @ 54-10 whoopty doo

    haha really? and BYU's win over Toledo...Tulane, or one of those mediocre mid major teams, was a meaningful victory?

    Either way I would rather have one meaningless bowl game than an entire meaningless season like BYU had.... and will keep having after their 1st loss every year until they join a conference.

    Congrats Utah! great bowl win over a solid BCS team. 13-4 in bowl games now!! best bowl percentage in the nation! (for any team with 10 or more bowl appearances.) I would say that is meaningful:)

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    I agree with the first post in that the coaching was pretty good. White has proven that he can handle a big number of carries and maybe he should have had more. But coaching isn't just offensive play calling, the adjustments they made defensively the second half were a huge reason they were able to win. They held them to under 100 yards the second half.

    Georgia Tech was a really good team and the spread option is one of the hardest schemes to stop. Overall the Utes played good enough on all sides of the ball to get the win.

    As far as it being "meaningless" I strongly disagree. To be apart of any bowl game is a big deal to a college football team. It means 15 more practices which is close to as many as you get during spring training. Also the Sun Bowl is one of the oldest bowl games around and has some great tradition. Plus this game was Nationally televised on New Years Eve - that's a big recruiting tool and gives the program some good media especially when they win. Anything but meaningless in my opinion.

  • 54-10 WHOOPTY DOO! bountiful, ut
    Dec. 31, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    2-0 in sun bowl... 2-0 v. ga tech... WHOOPTY DOO! lol Go 2-0 against the #2 team in the country and 2-0 in the NCG then you can boast... For now it is another whoopty doo victory like the one on september 17th in provo.... Carry on enjoying your meaningless victories and meaningless bowl victories!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 31, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    I disagree with giving t coaches a C+. I would have given them a B, and the overall team a B+.

    Calling for the pass after Devonte's KO return to the GATech 30, was sketchy, but otherwise I thought they were well coached...and that showed when it mattered.

    The biggest grade: 2-0.
    That is Utah is now 2-0 vs GATech and 2-0 all time in the Sun Bowl.