Utah report card: Offense, defense falter in second half

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  • brian of ohio Kent, OH
    Oct. 16, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    @jmac77 - completely agree.

    Look across the country and tell me how many teams won with 440 yards, 270 air and 160 ground. Troy Williams despite the failed 2pt played a great game against a top 15 team. He wasn't perfect by any means, but the same can be said of Sam Darnold. The difference was the difference between a number 1 NFL draft QB and a good but not great QB. Darnold eluded pressure and found receivers, Williams could not, consistently. Further, Williams was our second string QB. Can you imagine if USC had their second guy in? They would have lost by 14 AT LEAST. No shame in the loss. It hurts, but no shame.

    Troy had a better QB rating than Sam Darnold. He only had 1 turnover, he gave the Utes a chance to win. That is all you can ask for. If the loss goes on anyone, it is the D who gave up 3 long drives in a row.

    I am proud of this team. One last thought: These are not Troy Taylors guys. He really hasn't had a chance to put his influence in by who he recruits. Also remember, Troy Williams is on his 3rd(4th?) O coordinator. No one succeeds at that. Just look at Alex Smith in the NFL. Same thing. Once we have stability at the O coordinator, I think the O will improve.

  • jmac77 West Valley City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2017 12:46 a.m.

    What exactly are the criteria for these grades? I have no idea how you can give C's and D's to a Ute team that lost on the road to a very good USC team by one point. Yes, I get it that Utah blew a two-touchdown lead at halftime and that the defense was rolled in the second half. But let's not forget, this wasn't Utah State or BYU they were player. Sam Darnold will be a high first-round pick in April. His ability to elude the rush, extend plays and get the ball to the right spot was uncanny. And USC's receivers made some elite catches that were essentially impossible to defend.

    Playing on road against a team of that caliber—your going to give up some plays and some yards. I'm disappointed with the heartbreaking loss and that Utah couldn't keep the lead, but there's no shame in losing by one under those circumstances.

    When you hand out these grades, you need to take into account the opponent and how competitive the game was.

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    Oct. 15, 2017 10:07 p.m.

    Just a lot of Utah hating comments.

    I'm sorry BYU isn't doing any better and not in a P5 conference.

    Win or lose, not everyone has an opportunity or can play under the bright lights of a primetime Saturday evening college football. Hmm, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, LA Coliseum, Levi Stadium in Santa Clara...did I miss any?!?!?! Go UTES!

  • CV Storm Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 15, 2017 8:46 p.m.

    It appears that now that the Utes are in the "big boy" part of their schedule they are just not one of those elite teams. They may not win another game this season. And due to the recent upsets in the PAC 12 the PAC 12 will not have a representative in the national championship. An elite team does have to have an offense, the Utes really don't.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Oct. 15, 2017 7:14 p.m.

    Saturdays game...

    Shades of Cal...Washington...Oregon and Colorado...2016.

    Losses in games where you are close and competitive are still losses.

    Williams has had a tremendous opportunity to separate himself from other UTAH QB's of the past but has cemented himself as a guy who just can't seem to get it done when UTAH has the opportunity to do and be something special.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Oct. 15, 2017 6:02 p.m.

    @cjd1,

    USC is good but not top 10 caliber.

    Top ten doesn't win by just one point to an unranked team.

    Same goes for Clemson, and Washington.

    Basically, there's a top three--Alabama, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. Everything else is up for grabs.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Oct. 15, 2017 5:04 p.m.

    So Shane Utah loses by 1 point to a top 10 team and they deserve Cs and Ds. Ok

  • augie Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 15, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    Your grade on defense was too low. Your grade on coaching was too high. Were you watching the same game I was on ABC live from the LA Coliseum Saturday 10 14/17?

  • Foxtrot Mountain View, CA
    Oct. 15, 2017 5:41 a.m.

    your grades are off

    the offense continues to be terrible as it has for almost all of whittingham's tenure it is obvious it is him not all of the offensive coordinators, and all of the players. Remember the DEFENSE scored a touchdown, and gif wrapped a few that weren't capitalized in the first half.