Utah football: Ute defense a positive in close loss

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    Nov. 11, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    Protecting This House, I partially agree with you. Erickson needs to spend maybe an entire day preparing 4th quarter game plans for any scenario. Chow's offense had its problems (mostly injury and depth-related), but one thing he was great at was keeping the offense creative even when the other team knew John White IV was getting the ball on every play. If I'm not mistaken, White led the nation in 4th quarter rushing that year. Yes, Whitt may be the guy that says when to go into the 4 minute offense, and he's not necessarily wrong in doing so, but Erickson and Johnson are still the ones who determine what that 4 minute offense is, and it hasn't worked.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Only one problem with DE as head coach.......He will not be here next year. He will not go down with the ship.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Love Coach Whit. But hate to admit it: every fan I spoke with over the weekend mentioned possibly moving Erickson to HC, and Whit to Co-Defensive Coordinator (Sitake is doing a great job). Let the offense be offensive minded, and the defense remain the dominant force that they've been for several years now. Wilson clearly has talent. He just needs to have the playbook opened a little more for him (ala Wisconsin's Joel Stave). Hate watching a fourth quarter lead squandered because it seems Coach Whit reverted to 'playing not to lose,' instead of playing to win.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 10, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Holding a team like this to 20 points should be more than enough to win this game.
    It's all on the offense, with Wilson carrying a significant load of that blame.
    Utah would be crazy to get rid of Whittingham.
    Patience. Within a year or 2 you'll have a great offense to compliment that great defense.

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 10, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    ...if all the Utes have left are moral victories? I guess that's all a team with a losing record has to hold on to?

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 10, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    Ken, I'm sorry I think you're absolutely wrong. This is on the coach. It's McBride all over again. The players have showed they have the talent to compete. The coach unfortunately has shown that he can't compete at this level.

    We've been close because of the players. Who have we beaten? Utah State, BYU, Weber..following the trend here. Pure unadulterated luck prevented a loss to Stanford.

    Look at Stanford. Horrible loss to Utah and they re-group and beat Oregon. Actually held on to a lead. That's what well coached teams do.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 11:34 p.m.

    Utah's defense was the ONLY positive in this game.

    Some of Utah's games this season remind me of some of BYU's games last season. The defense playing the best football they can while offense self-destructs time and time again.

  • Utejazz West Valley City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    The defense couldn't have played any better really! AZ St. Is a great offense, and Utah held them to 20 points. It's hard to stay consistent on D when your offense goes 3 and out pretty much the entire 4th quarter, defense barley got a rest! Cut them some slack this time.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 9, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    Ifel Of'a-sofa

    "Whitt and Wilson are the new Bronco and Riley"

    No they're not. Bronco and Riley went to bowl games.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 9, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    The Utah defense blew a 12-point lead in the 4th quarter, and Whittingham talks them up like they were the '85 Bears.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    Whitt and Wilson are the new Bronco and Riley

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 9, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    Spin it how you want, all that matters is the W/L column. ASU is #1 in the South. Utah is almost tied for last. Just hang tight and wait until Utah plays their "rival" in Colorado. Since it's at RES, Utah will lose that game.

  • Utejazz West Valley City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Offense lost this one! Defense played great!

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    The defense held a team that averages nearly 50 to 20 points. That's phenomenal. This year has been filled with close losses, but the last thing we need is a new coach. If Whittingham is putting the team in a position to beat ranked ASU, ranked Oregon State, ranked UCLA in the last minute, that's on the players. Not the coach. And add a HUGE Stanford win, Whittingham is the BEST thing about this program. Recruiting has still been improving the last year or two. The players will start making these plays. Whittingham is the man for the job, I'm behind him fully