Utah Utes blank Northern Colorado Bears 41-0

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  • Pendergast SLC, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    re: Swoop 10:46 a.m. Aug. 31, 2012

    "Gotta laugh at the inconsistency of Utah fans."

    Turn about is fair play. The circular logic of byu makes me.... laugh... really it does.

  • ClassyUte SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    Well shoot...

    I'm not going to say Utah's win was "impressive", because it was what it should have been. If any of you byu fans would have seen the game (I know, insert tv deal joke here), you probably would have realized how little you can tell about Utah's offense. I mean, they only ran 2 different plays tops from each package. The D was stellar, but again, not saying much based on the opponent.

    You coug fans shouldn't be as happy with your team's performance on saturday night as you are. I mean, how many times did Riley roll out of the pocket and throw across his body into the teeth of the defense? You're lucky he didn't have 2 or more picks! Also, are we just pretending BYU's inability to convert on third-and-short didn't happen?? BYU's defense did look good, but gave up a few big plays and had to be saved by Washington State's offense shooting themselves in the foot (i.e. holding penalties on long touchdown passes).

    Congrats on the "big" win, but come on..

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    No. Phoenix. You are wrong. Comparing similar opponents in 2 different seasons is incredibly weak. Then, you drift back and try to compare road schedules for the current season?

    Try & have a coherent thought process before you go borrowing Mr Peabody's WABAC machine? How's that for smack!?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 3:27 p.m.


    Different years, different weeks, different teams, different stadium, different coaches, different weather. There is no comparison to be had between last year's Utah/WSU game and this years BYU/WSU game. BYU was strong in the opener, leave it at that.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:47 p.m.

    Wally West

    What pathetically weak smack trying to compare when weak or strong opponents are played. Utah has absolutely ZERO control of who they play and when after September.

    Road games are without question, the toughest games to win, and comparing BYU's and Utah's four toughest road games, is no contest - BYU's road schedules dwarfs Utah's:

    Toughest Road Games

    at Utah(8-5)
    at Boise State(12-1) - 5 days after Utah
    at Notre Dame(8-5)
    at Ga Tech(8-5)

    at Utah State(7-6)
    at ASU(6-7)
    at UCLA(6-8)
    at Washington(7-6)

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    at Rockwell 10:23 a

    Comparing schedules/opponents from 2 different years? That is circular logic by war kitty fans at its "finest".

    Now, let me point out the obvious the the U's 2012 schedule and BYU's in 2011.

    The Utes schedule their tune-up/fillers in Sept when they are supposed to & not November as an ego boost.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 4:15 p.m.


    "I guess it will come down to the head to head meeting on the 15th to determine this.

    Can't wait!"

    Well it appears like your remote control finger will be in good shape so you should be able to find it.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 3:07 p.m.


    So... in a round about way....are you saying that byU's defense is better than Utah's? The same defense that allowed 54 points against the Utes? Do you know how that sounds?

    Ala Ducky....LOL!

    I guess it will come down to the head to head meeting on the 15th to determine this.

    Can't wait!

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 2:27 p.m.


    Nice dodge, but the Utes not having Wynn doesn't explain why BYU's DEFENSE was so much more dominating against WSU's OFFENSE, than Utah's. Tuel replacing Halladay would seem to indicate that Tuel is BETTER than the QB who played against Utah last season, since Halladay is still on the team.

    WSU versus Utah - 399 yards total offense; 27 points
    WSU versus BYU - 224 yards total offense; 6 points

    If anything, the snowstorm and having an inferior QB should have slowed down Washington State's offense last season, not made it more effective.

    It's interesting that Hayes was good enough to beat UCLA 31-6 the week before, but Utah fans try to use Hayes as their excuse for barely beating WSU and losing to Colorado. Of course, this isn't the first time this has happened to Whittingham. After beating UCLA 44-6 at home in 2007, the Utes went on the road the following week and got shut out by lowly UNLV(2-10) 0-27.

    Playing poorly after beating UCLA seems to be a pattern for Whittingham. Better watch out for the Beavers this year, IF U manage to beat the Bruins.

  • Mister J SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    re: gdog3finally 1:08 a.m. Aug. 31, 2012

    Agreed about Whit overusing White. As a Braves fan, It reminds me of Gonzalez overworking Kimbrel last yr.

    I just hope Whit doesn't get to conservative and devolve back into 3 yds and a cloud of a dust.

    Wilson is a great change of pace. The Two TE's (Murphy & Rolf) were great.

    Everyone talks about Star & The Kruger boys but I was really impressed by Fakahafua.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:35 p.m.


    " Utah's defense from last year is basically the same this year"

    I'd say they're better. Scary, I know.

    "all of the main offensive players for WSU are also the same this year"

    Not exactly. It's kind of glaring when they had a different QB for most of the season. Oh wait, Utah didn't have their starter either. Even then, they beat them on their field in a snow storm.

    I have to agree with you about on one thing though. byU did give up in the 2nd half last year against the Utes.

    Go Utes!

  • GK Willington SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    re: GatorNationFan 1:29 a.m. Aug. 31, 2012

    Being a graduate of the U & Skyline (the 1 here (not Oakland (?) or Dallas)) and call you out on 2 things;

    Whit has picked a QB. Last I heard, Muschamp was even less certain on his QB than Spurrier typically is.

    The Lizards from Gainesville have never scheduled a cupcake? Really? They, not Nebraska, made having a September schedule approved by Hostess an art form.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:15 p.m.


    "Your comparisons really don't mean anything. Both the Utes and BYU beat WSU in the last year."

    Your spin is laughable - the Utes BARELY beat WSU, while BYU DOMINATED WSU.

    The BYU and Utah games against WSU last year and this are the only benchmark we have for comparing how this year's BYU team is playing. Utah's defense from last year is basically the same this year, and all of the main offensive players for WSU are also the same this year, yet BYU's defense significantly outperformed Utah's defense from a year ago.

    btw, without the turnover gods, Utah would have LOST to WSU last season, and the game versus BYU would have been MUCH, MUCH closer, as evidenced by how close the game was in first half.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    Clark Hippo,

    1 game does not a season make. Colorado was a loss last year, but I seem to remember beating you down at your place 54-10. So by your logic, we will win again, especially since it is a RES. While the Y looked good last night, Wazzu was just awful. Their D was 100 yards off of the Y's WR's, and when Riley got pressured, his noodle arm, wounded ducks still made it there because of how open they were. I wouldn't count on that happening against Utah. Weber St might een put up a better fight this next week. Riley is a gamer, and can take a hit. He is one tough cookie. I really like him as a person, but as a QB, both he and Wynn have weak and pathetic throwing arms. Personally I think that the UTES should just start Wilson, get him some reps and experience, and the Y should start Hill. This season means nothing for the Y. Next year is the year that they have the tough schedule, and if they play well have a chance for national recognition. So get Hill the reps.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:08 a.m.


    Your comparisons really don't mean anything. Both the Utes and byU beat WSU in the last year. The only thing to add is that the Utes beat the cougies by 44. You knew that though.

    Granted a couple of the byU turnovers from last year were gifts. The majority.. were plays on the ball by the Utah D. Are the Utes expecting 7 turnovers again this year? Doubt it. Will they be all over Nelson and co. and making plays on the ball? You can bet on it.

    Star will do his thing and let everyone else take shots and make plays. We don't need any help from the "turnover gods" as you say.

    Go Utes...on to Logan.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:46 a.m.


    "Right, because victories over the likes of WSU (Pac12 bottom dweller),... show that BYU has arrived."

    Just like victories over the likes of 1-AA Northern Colorado (winless in 2011), show that PAC 12 bottom dweller Utah has arrived. Didn't Utah just barely sneak past WSU 30-27 in OT last season?

    Gotta laugh at the inconsistency of Utah fans.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    Bleed Crimson

    "Utah can play defense, in fact Utah's defense is one of the best in the Pac-12 and WSU is one of the worst."

    Lots of hot air blowing from the hill this morning.

    Here's the real thing:

    2011 - 30-27 in OT
    Utah - 15 1st downs, 358 total yds, 172 passing, 186 rushing
    WSU -- 20 1st downs, 399 total yds, 337 passing, 62 rushing

    2012 - 30-6 in regulation
    BYU - 24 1st downs, 426 total yds, 303 passing, 123 rushing
    WSU - 18 1st downs, 224 total yds, 229 passing, -5 rushing

    It's only one game, but clearly, BYU's defense last night against Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense was much more dominant than Utah's defense was last year against WSU's supposedly inferior offense.

    btw, if Utah fans are counting on the turnover gods to always smile in their favor, they're going to be sorely disappointed.

  • Atta-Ute12 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Right, because victories over the likes of WSU (Pac12 bottom dweller), Idaho, Weber State, San Jose State, and New Mexico State obviously show that BYU has arrived. To state that you are an NC contender after beating 1 mediocre (at best) team is simply laughable! Although it does seem to jive with the typical BYU outlook after the first game of the season ("quest for perfection" anyone??). Seriously Cosmo, your posts are making my day!

  • Cosmo's Cousin Holladay, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Well, I'm not sure what game you watched but I was watching ESPN in HD.

    The Blue looks to have BCS potential and maybe even a candidate for the national championship this year. Nelson is the real deal and should be on the Heisman watch.

    Your team, on the other hand, looked like a great candidate to make the Div II playoffs this year.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    @ Cosmo's Cousin

    "After the Utes so-so performance against the worst AA team and after the Cougars absolute and clear dominance over WSU, I think some Utes are shaking in their cleats at the prospect of going up against the Blue".

    Here's the thing. Utah can play defense, in fact Utah's defense is one of the best in the Pac-12 and WSU is one of the worst. Until BYU finally beats Utah, WE OWN U little brother!

    "Nelson and his Cougars are going to prove a point on the Hill this year and put little brother back into his place".

    And what's that point? I remember last year the Utah defense forced Nelson to fumble which resulted in 7 points.

  • UtahMan08/12 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    @Cosmo's Cousin,

    Shaking in our "cleats"? Hardly. While the Y looked good against WSU, they are hardly a dominant team, either offensively or defensively. I remmeber how "dominant" the Y looked last year and how last year's Holy War turned out, don't you??? While I'm hopeful the offense can pull it together, the Y will have a MUCH harder time getting away with the kind of plays they did last night against the U's defense. With that said, can't wait to see my Utes play USU to get a better idea of the team's potential.

  • Th Tooele, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Was at the game last night. Not terribly impressed with the offense, but they certainly didn't get too creative offensively or defensively with UNC. Really a very basic approach. I would be surprised if they hadn't spent the last few days setting up the game plan for Utah State. I know Whitt says they don't overlook anyone, but it doesn't mean they didn't give some focus to USU.

    Im excited about the future of Travis Wilson. Guy is a stud! Go Ute's... Glad to have the first game out of the way. I expect they'll be a little more exciting and crisp in week 2.

    Go Utes

  • Cosmo's Cousin Holladay, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    After the Utes so-so performance against the worst AA team and after the Cougars absolute and clear dominance over WSU, I think some Utes are shaking in their cleats at the prospect of going up against the Blue.

    Nelson and his Cougars are going to prove a point on the Hill this year and put little brother back into his place.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Correction to Amy. The Utes only allowed 35 yards rushing and 79 passing.

    USU and BYU both looked strong.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:08 a.m.


    Looks like this season may be a good one for all state schools so far.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:42 a.m.

    From a Cougar fan, well done Utes!

    Defense was top notch, offense was strong. Great win to start the season.

    Excited to see how you guys do as your schedule gradually gets tougher each week, starting next Saturday up in Logan.

    This isn't your grandmother's Utah State team anymore.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:39 a.m.


    You said - "Both Utah State and BYU looked good, they'll both be tougher then I had expected."

    Glad to see there are a few Ute fans who are realists.

    Whenever any of my Ute fan friends or family members say the Utah State and BYU games will be cakewalks for the Utes, I politely reply with one single word.


  • GatorNationFan Loveland, CO
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:29 a.m.

    Hey Utah! I used to make fun of Nebraska opening up their seasons against Ball State. I think now I'll have to change that to making fun of you opening up against University of Northern Colorado. I live in Northern Colorado and wouldn't pay money to watch them play football. Have they even won 5 games in the past decade?

    Your game would have been more exciting if you played Skyline High School. I wonder how good you actually are? If your coach can't tell you what he learned in this game....how can the fans even feel good about it.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2012 1:08 a.m.

    41-0 against a no name opponent and Coach Whittingham is driving the feature back (White IV) in the 4th quarter. 25 carries is too many in a blowout. Whitt needs to save White IV or he will run him into the ground.

    Coach Mac's Utes were blowing out Indiana when he ran Marty Johnson into an ACL tear in the 4th quarter. Johnson was never the same player, although he had a nice senior season with Urban Meyer.

    Utah will lean heavily on White and they should give him the rock a lot, but save him when you can. Tonight was silly.

    I just wish Whitt would recognize what the rest of the football world is doing by having two backs. white needs 20-25 carries tops each game. Last year he had two games over 40 carries and half his games were over 30 carries. That is insane. White held up great and is an iron man. Still history shows that when a RB comes back from a heavy carry season with oanother one, his production drops and injuries happen. It's called wear and tear.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    BYU, Utah State, Utah---did any of them give up a touchdown?

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    Would have been nice if we could actually see the game. Not at all happy with the tv deal. Feels like the mtn all over again even down to the conference telling us to call our satellite provider.

    Totally pathetic.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2012 12:04 a.m.

    Week 1:

    A) The defense is outstanding.

    B) The offense needs work (Wynn)

    F) The kicking game is "abysmal".

    Both Utah State and BYU looked good, they'll both be tougher then I had expected.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    no colorado is like playing st. teresa's co-ed team. hope they didn't charge for the tickets

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    Good job Utes. Probably does not tell us much.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    Well done Utes, Travis Wilson is a freakin' stud.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    Bears didn't cross the 50. Well done.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    This is what they have to do - take care of business. The shutout is a nice touch.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:06 p.m.

    wow. who would have thought?

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    Well done. BYU 65