Utes start slow, finish fast in 41-10 win over Weber State

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  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    Sept. 2, 2018 12:41 a.m.

    All of those comments about WSU beating BYU and how BYU is weak and can’t win I’m Tucson - game over.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    @CG
    What part of “if the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night”

    did you not understand?

    Arizona would been up at least 17-0 in the 1st Q and there’s zero chance you would have been able to recover from that in Tucson.

    -----

    What part of your "fantasy" I don't understand?

    All of it.

    Utah would never play a basic playbook if the game was at Arizona and come out flat on offense. So even in your fantasy you lose.

    As far as committing 4+ TOs and winning?

    Utah would lose to ANY D1 team except for BYU (see 6 TOs in 2016).

    What is funny is how not ONE BYU fan has said, "if Utah had been playing at BYU last night".

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:49 p.m.

    “because BYU is even close to being the weakest link in Utah’s OOC schedule.”

    Make no mistake about it, NIU is our OOC A game this year, w/WSU as our B game/byu-p as our C game.

    BTW, unlike byu-p, we’ve beaten U of A down there in Tucson recently.....In fact, for byu-p it’s been since ‘76.

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    “If the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night, those mistakes would have been disastrous because Arizona’s offense and defense would have killed any chances of the Utes getting back into the game.”

    Lol—byu-p fans can’t have it both ways.

    All we’ve been hearing about is how horrible U of A is on both sides of the football [weak O-Line/suspect D, etc.] & how byu-p is going to dominate them, as a result.

    But against us, U of A would’ve been All-World.....Downright hysterical 😭!

    11/24 can’t get here soon enough, regarding byu-p & their utterly delusional fanbase.....Unbelievable.

    Go Utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:49 p.m.

    “The point, however, is unlike the Utes, BYU isn’t afraid to schedule tough opening game opponents on the road.”

    NoDuh95:

    No, the point is that indy BYU-P, afraid or not, has no choice. The coogs can’t get a tough team to come to Provo, because tough teams have the luxury of making bank opening at home. Like Utah.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:44 p.m.

    Fakeism

    Sat, Aug 30, 2008 - @ Michigan; W 25-33
    (or will you insist this doesn’t count in your little exercise of delusion?)
    Thu, Sept 2, 2010 - #15 Pitt; W 27-24
    Thu, Sept 3, 2015 – Michigan; W 24-17

    None were road games against good opponents were they?

    2008 Michigan finished 3-9 and U barely eked out a win, didn’t you.

    2010 Pitt and 2015 Michigan were both home games.

    Keep trying, but it’s clear that Rockwell’s original post that the Utes haven’t played a good opening game opponent on the road in over a decade... is spot on!

  • CG Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:12 p.m.

    “@phoenix

    If the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night, those mistakes would have been disastrous because Arizona’s offense and defense would have killed any chances of the Utes getting back into the game.

    -----

    LOL

    Those mistakes cost us 10 points, AZ at best would be 16-0.

    Are you telling us Utah can't come back from a 16-0 start at home?“

    LOL 🤪

    What part of “if the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night”

    did you not understand?

    Arizona would been up at least 17-0 in the 1st Q and there’s zero chance you would have been able to recover from that in Tucson.

  • Michigan Cougsfan68 Ann Arbor, MI
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:53 p.m.

    Congratulations to the Utes on your first week win! Good luck the rest of the season except for the BYU game of course!
    Go Cougs!!!!
    Go Tanner!!!!!!!
    Go ROC!!!!!!
    Beat the Wildcats!!!!!!!

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:01 p.m.

    “I was at the game, Utah's offense came out flat.”

    Utah’s offense coming out flat didn’t have ANYTHING to do with Utah’s muffed punt and Weber St’s interception which lead directly to WSU’s 10 first quarter points.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:57 p.m.

    @phoenix

    If the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night, those mistakes would have been disastrous because Arizona’s offense and defense would have killed any chances of the Utes getting back into the game.

    -----

    LOL

    Those mistakes cost us 10 points, AZ at best would be 16-0.

    Are you telling us Utah can't come back from a 16-0 start at home?

    Arizona must be a national title contender and not the projected 3rd team in the "worst division" in the nation.

    We will find out tomorrow. Good luck, try not to get rolled.

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:48 p.m.

    Try to pay attention, Marked in PC; I realize the air is a little thin there. It’s really of little consequence to me whom the Utes play the first game of the season, or where they play it. I do care about overall strength of schedule and having the opportunity to watch my team of interest play quality opponents over the course of the season. Since joining the PAC-12, this is now a delightful reality for all Utah fans.

    Having said that, please allow me to repair your error-riddled post:

    Sat, Aug 30, 2008 - @ Michigan; W 25-33
    (or will you insist this doesn’t count in your little exercise of delusion?)
    Thu, Sept 2, 2010 - #15 Pitt; W 27-24
    Thu, Sept 3, 2015 – Michigan; W 24-17

    …and notice the Ws, Marked; notice the Ws. All the best getting your W tomorrow evening against a decent opponent.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:46 p.m.

    Realism337 - Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 5:29 p.m.

    “Wow, Cougar fans; it’s like trying to reason with CNN.”

    No we’re talking Utah fans whining about not being able to improve Utah’s OOC because Utah is “forced” to play BYU, when it’s obvious that’s a totally bogus argument because BYU is even close to being the weakest link in Utah’s OOC schedule.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:41 p.m.

    In reading the jealous posts of the blue faithful, a couple of things come to mind.
    Coug fans posting about Utah running up the score... At least the Utes have the ability to do so.

    Ragging on Big Brother for scheduling a patsy for the first game of the season, while letting Arizona off the hook for doing the same thing.

    And, weighing in on the status of P5 conferences, like they have a frame of reference.

    But, it does make for a good laugh to begin the holiday weekend. 😹

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:30 p.m.

    Realism337 - Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 5:29 p.m.
    Wow, Cougar fans; it’s like trying to reason with CNN

    -----

    More like Fox News, they just make up thier own reality. Like...

    BYU beat "#3 Oklahoma"

    BYU was 8 points from undefeated

    BYU is on par with Utah, proof "margin of defeats"

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:24 p.m.

    @phoenx
    Two words: reading comprehension

    Utah’s 1st quarter deficit didn’t have anything to do with “low effort” by Utah’s offense.

    Both Weber St scores were a direct result of Utah mistakes on special teams and an errant pass that nearly lead to a pick 6.

    -------

    Reading comprehension?

    I was at the game, Utah's offense came out flat. They played like BYU.

    When they played like a P12 offense they rolled over Weber.

    Wrong! FG was on the special teams, the TD was on Huntley impersonating Mangum in Vegas.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:21 p.m.

    “Also, the Utes might be in trouble if they take Weber State lightly -- the Ogden Wildcats have come close to beating two P-5 FBS teams in the not-so-distant past (much to my dismay because I don't like Weber State or Utah State to do well in football). I can't believe the spread for this game is 26. I would expect something in the neighborhood of a 10-point win for Utah (not because Utah is "that bad" but rather because Weber State is that good -- unfortunately).”

    —cougarforever

    Final line was -30.5, which we covered.

    Go Utes!

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 5:32 p.m.

    @ Rockwell: "It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site."

    @Fakeism337: "So, Rockwell, Michigan and #15 Pitt at Rice Eccles doesn't cut it for you for season openers?"

    LOL!

    Pitt (8-5) was dropped from the preseason polls in week 1 and hadn't been ranked for over two months when Utah played the Panthers the TENTH game of the season,

    Utah played Michigan the THIRD game of the season,

    and NEITHER were SEASON opening ROAD games!

    Total FAIL!

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 5:29 p.m.

    Wow, Cougar fans; it’s like trying to reason with CNN.

    Are we talking about Strength of Schedule, or do you just want to cherry-pick obscure, arbitrary data points in a desperate attempt to make a meaningless case? And Rockwell--you're out there just making crap up.

    Many, many P5 teams schedule FCS competition on opening day (Utah has scheduled 6 in the past 10 years—so what?); it’s a common practice. Last year in fact, BYU scheduled Portland State (winless in the 2017 FCS division) on opening day and struggled to put them away. How’s that for a whimsical, slanted, meaningless piece of data?

    You want to talk 2018 SOS? Here it is:

    Utah: #19
    BYU: #66

    Source: ESPN Football Power Index 2018

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 4:26 p.m.

    @CougarForever - Holladay, Utah

    ". . . . . play calling in this game but when a team has almost 600 yards of total offense it doesn't make sense to toss a lot of criticism at the OC.

    I still think that we will beat Utah in the last game of the year, just not by a score of 63-3 that I predicted during the first 10 minutes of this game when Weber State was leading 10-0 and the Utah squad looked more like Keystone cops than a P-5 college football team.

    Predictions for this Saturday:

    BYU 37 (4 TDs, 3 FGs), AZ 20 (2 TDs, 2 FGs)

    USU 13, Michigan State 38
    - - - - -

    "Predictions for this Saturday:

    BYU 7 (1 TD), AZ 42 (5 TDs, 2 FGs, 1 safety)

    USU 23, Michigan State 28

    There, I fixed it for you.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:57 p.m.

    @Rockwell: "The Utes couldn’t care less about “improving” their OOC schedule, or they would have dropped the FCS teams from their schedule a long time ago."

    So true, the Utes seriously do not want to play a tougher OOC schedule, because doing so would severely impact their ability to qualify for a bowl.

    Despite their boasts, they know that their current streak over BYU won't last,

    and they desperately need that guaranteed win over Weber St or Northern Colorado every year to keep their bowl hopes alive.

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    JohnInSLC

    Not surprisingly, none of you favorites occurred before 2008 when college football history began...

    at least according to Utah fans who are too embarrassed to talk about anything before 2004.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:35 p.m.

    JohninSlC

    “I have my favorite. What's yours?”

    Many...

    56-6
    Beck to Harline
    4th and 18
    Miracle Bowl
    1984 Championship Game
    BYU over #1 Miami
    BYU @ Texas A&M 1979
    Taysom and Jamaal destroying Texas
    BYU over #3 Oklahoma

    to cite just a few

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:25 p.m.

    jonny in the city

    Nebraska didn’t beat Indiana in 2015, but the Huskers did beat UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, the same UCLA team that beat U on your home turf.

    The point, however, is unlike the Utes, BYU isn’t afraid to schedule tough opening game opponents on the road.

    Utah, is obvioulsy afraid to schedule any opening games on the road.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:04 p.m.

    "This may go down as the best game in Utah history."

    (faux)utealum:

    Nah, that would be a either: the beat down of Oregon at Autzen in 2015; the "shock and awe" beat down of the coogs in 2011; or the beat down of Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

    I have my favorite. What's yours?

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:01 p.m.

    re: “The Utes are lucky that they weren’t playing the Arizona Wildcats on the road last night or they would have been blowout with that slow start and an Arizona offense that would have kept piling on the points.

    There’s zero chance Utah’s offense would have generated 600 yards against Arizona’s defense.”

    -------

    utemythology

    “Why would we play at Arizona? We played them in Tucson last year. So no luck involved at all.

    Arizona blowout Utah's defense at RES? That's call fantasy football.

    Its also fantasy to assume Utah's offense would come out with the same low-level of effort against Arizona as they did against Weber.”

    Two words: reading comprehension

    Utah’s 1st quarter deficit didn’t have anything to do with “low effort” by Utah’s offense.

    Both Weber St scores were a direct result of Utah mistakes on special teams and an errant pass that nearly lead to a pick 6.

    If the Utes had been playing at Arizona last night, those mistakes would have been disastrous because Arizona’s offense and defense would have killed any chances of the Utes getting back into the game.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:56 p.m.

    "Tell that to Nebraska, which lost their first home opener in 30 years to BYU . . . Nebraska destroyed the Indiana team that U barely beat in the Foster Farms Bowl."

    badrock:

    What are you even talking about? Nebraska didn't play Indiana in 2015. They did play the following year, with Nebraska winning 27-22. So, your argument has two problems.

    1- If you call a 5 point loss being "destroyed", you can no longer celebrate your 6 point loss to Utah last year--you were annihilated!

    2- If you meant to conflate consecutive seasons, let's revisit this comment of yours:
    "The Michigan team U beat in Ann Arbor was a horrible team."
    Do you mean that horrible Michigan team that the next year again lost to Utah, embarrassed BYU-P 31-0, and finished 10-3?

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    This may go down as the best game in Utah history.
    Go P5
    Go conference of champions.
    Go powerful utes!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:48 p.m.

    jonnyboy

    “Now, if we could just get the legislature to butt out of Utah's scheduling, we could improve our OOC and drop the Cougs like a wrench off a tall bridge.”

    Don’t kid yourself.

    The Utes couldn’t care less about “improving” their OOC schedule, or they would have dropped the FCS teams from their schedule a long time ago.

    The truth is, Utah’s OOC schedule is irrelevant on a national scale because the Utes will never be be legitimate CFP contenders.

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:35 p.m.

    @Rockwell - "It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site."

    As painful as it is for the arrogant kids on the hill to admit, you're absolutely correct,

    when it comes to opening games, Utah is an absolute wimp.

    Utah Season Opening Games
    2008 at Michigan (3-9)
    2009 Utah State (4-8)
    2010 Pittsburgh (8-5)
    2011 Montana St (10-3)
    2012 Northern Colorado (5-6)
    2013 Utah State (9-5)
    2014 Idaho State (8-4)
    2015 Michigan (10-3)
    2016 Southern Utah (6-5)
    2017 North Dakota (3-8)
    2018 Weber State (0-1)

    Utah hasn't even scheduled, let alone played, a good team on the road in more than a decade.

    Sometimes the truth hurts.

  • Ldsrm Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:33 p.m.

    I think Utah looked good after first game hickups I wish people would realize That Byu bashing doesn’t need to happen.

    I watch and root for every one

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    "BYU is usually the “A” game in your OOC schedule"

    "With Utah’s pathetically weak OOC schedule"

    badrock:

    You're right! It's Cause . . . and Effect. Thanks for conceding the obvious.

    Now, if we could just get the legislature to butt out of Utah's scheduling, we could improve our OOC and drop the coogs like a wrench off a tall bridge.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    Realism337

    “Rockwell -- Missed the point entirely.”

    Utah scheduled the Pitt game before they were invited to the PAC, and the only reason Michigan scheduled U, was because Utah and Michigan jumped the gun on the failed B1G-PAC scheduling agreement.

    The Michigan team U beat in Ann Arbor was a horrible team.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 2:03 p.m.

    headbanger

    “BYU usually starts the season off vs a P5, because you ARE their “Weber State” type of warm up”

    Tell that to Nebraska, which lost their first home opener in 30 years to BYU, and to Arizona, Texas, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma.

    And, before you go there,

    Nebraska destroyed the Indiana team that U barely beat in the Foster Farms Bowl.

  • top of the world ,
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:58 p.m.

    Uteology, I'm definitely a BYU fan, but I'm not into 'fantasy' football, thank you very much. This Ute team is for real. I have been claiming that longer than most of the Ute posters on these threads.

    After the slow start, some of the Ute "faithful?" began throwing barbs at the offense. Not me. This team will roll through any team that is in Weber's class. It was a good payday for Weber, but they didn't have a chance against the Utes.

    There will be more challenging games, of course. Any team in the PAC could manage the Weber squad without much trouble. The Utes should be in every game this year, and that's about all we can wish for at this juncture. I hope Covey stays healthy because he will be one of the most important cogs on the team. A crowd favorite.

    I don't think there are many unanswered questions about the Utes. It's obvious to me that they are a powerful bunch and I wish them well. I am first a BYU fan, then a Husky fan, then a WSU Cougar fan. If the Utes can go unbeaten with the sole loss coming in the final game I will be happy. If they win them all, I will still smile and enjoy the day, applaud and hope for future success.

    Well done, Utes.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:50 p.m.

    @ Rockwell "It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site."

    It's been a decade since BYU has had a tougher SOS than Utah.

  • Free Ice Cream=WAC Invite Seattle, WA
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:42 p.m.

    Rockwell - Baltimore, MD

    It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site.
    =====

    What does this have to do with BYUs quest for perpetual irrelevance?

  • UU Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    @ Den Den "If you want respect Utah...have a stronger non-conference schedule, win your division, win the PAC 12, go to the Rose Bowl Game or qualify for the CFP. Then... you will deserve and earn my respect.

    I don't think Utah's schedule makers are too worried about earning your respect. I did find one pre-seaon SOS rank from the SEC Conference that had Utah with the #41 toughest schedule and BYU at #62.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:41 p.m.

    jonnyboy

    “That's because the Utes don't have to leave SLC for table scraps like your favorite team. We get to start the season at home most years.”

    That’s why I laugh every time Utah fans talk about Utah’s CFP rankings and not scheduling BYU.

    With Utah’s pathetically weak OOC schedule, the Utes will never be legitimate contenders for a CFB berth.

    BYU is usually the “A” game in your OOC schedule, even in BYU ‘s worst season in the last 50 years.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:18 p.m.

    CG - Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 6:49 a.m.
    utemythology

    “As far as BYU, Weber State woud beat BYU. Just like Arizona will do on Saturday.”

    The Utes are lucky that they weren’t playing the Arizona Wildcats on the road last night or they would have been blowout with that slow start and an Arizona offense that would have kept piling on the points.

    There’s zero chance Utah’s offense would have generated 600 yards against Arizona’s defense.

    -------

    Why would we play at Arizona? We played them in Tucson last year. So no luck involved at all.

    Arizona blowout Utah's defense at RES? That's call fantasy football.

    Its also fantasy to assume Utah's offense would come out with the same low-level of effort against Arizona as they did against Weber.

    But you're a BYU "fan", fantasy football is what you guys do.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:55 p.m.

    Cougwell:

    Why do byu fans always brag about playing a plethora of “tough P5” teams, whether it be in season openers, or later on? Here’s an idea, actually BEAT a good P5 team, then you can talk. Like a team that finishes ranked or with a winning record.

    Byu usually starts the season off vs a P5, because you ARE their “Weber State” type of warm up! That’s the result of going independent. So congrats. Now actually go beat a good team or two, and maybe for the first time in nearly a decade, you might finish in the top 25.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    "It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site."

    badrock:

    No kidding! That's because the Utes don't have to leave SLC for table scraps like your favorite team. We get to start the season at home most years. But speaking of home, when was the last time the coogs's home opener was against a "really good team"? Oh, yeah, 2011. Hahaha!

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:40 p.m.

    Actually Rockwell, I should thank you for recapitulating my point—unwittingly nevertheless.

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    Rockwell -- Missed the point entirely. carry on.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    Realism

    “So, Rockwell, Michigan and #15 Pitt at Rice Eccles doesn't cut it for you for season openers? “

    What part of “road game” did you not understand?

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 12:08 p.m.

    So, Rockwell, Michigan and #15 Pitt at Rice Eccles doesn't cut it for you for season openers?

    Every Ute fan delights in Cougar fan's ardent quest for some granular, irrelevant stat in an attempt to put their team in a positive light and the Utes otherwise. Well done.

    Well actually, no. Most of these comments from the BYU faithful are absolutely ridiculous, and have no bearing on anything that actually matters, and the fact that your program is in a very precarious state with no real sign of recovering. Please, give us something we can truly debate.

    A little enlightenment: The reason BYU schedules P5 competition for openers is because that's typically the only time P5s will schedule the Cougars. The 2018 BYU schedule is actually pretty decent, but the back-end of your schedules over the past several years hardly gives you justification for chest beating about strength of schedule.

    Do better.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 31, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    At Cougar 89

    Did you even watch the game? They scored three points in the last 14 minutes of the game. And that’s running up the score? Come on guy at least put a little thought into your comment

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 31, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    Utah gets a win in Weeber State gets paid ($550k) It works out great for both programs. Go Utes

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 11:13 a.m.

    jonnyboy

    “I guess Coug fans have forgotten why P5 teams schedule tune-up games to start the season”

    Correction, not all P5 teams require a tune-up game like the mighty weak Utes.

    Some, including some of the big boys of the PAC 12, aren’t afraid to schedule really good opponents to open the season.

    It’s been more than a decade since Utah opened the season playing a good team on the road or at a neutral site.

  • Cougar 89 Shelley, ID
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:40 a.m.

    Typical Whittingham---running up the score at the end of the game

  • Fubijag West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:21 a.m.

    Overall dominant defense for the utes last night. Offense slow start put us in a hole, but we were able to come back. I thought I would share a phone conversation I had with my father last night.

    Dad: hello son what are you up to?

    Me: I'm at Rice Eccles stadium waiting for the Utes to start playing football.

    Dad: oh that's right the first game is tonight. What time is kickoff, I'll turn it on.

    Me: About an hour ago.

    Kind of Sums up how I felt about the first half. In the end it was a good statistically dominant win. But we've got to get better out of the gate if we hope to win our un conference games.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:13 a.m.

    I expected the Utes to dominate and they were dominant. Note the difference in the words beginning with "D". You'll understand my point as you read the older comments.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:10 a.m.

    C'mon Utes - 4 turnovers and 1 blocked field goal against an FCS team isn't going to cut it for a Pac-12 title. Let's go - ignore the hype - get in the game.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:07 a.m.

    Ute buster said:

    "Weber state led by 10 points in the 1st quarter on the utes home turf?
    Goes to show that the pac is still not what they think they are."

    What it 'goes to show' is that you didnt watch the game but still had the burning desire to show off that fact.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    @pacmidmajor said:

    "Congrats to the utes on a hard fought win against Weber State ...However , still confused as to why the utes needed their 1st team still in this game at the 8 minute mark in the 4th quarter still passing the football when the outcome was a given"

    I thought the same thing but then I realized that they were still trying to gain some experience and practice for the first team at game speed.

    But then again I am not desperate to put down the Utes in a vain attempt to cover for my own teams shortcomings so my thinking wasnt so clouded by hate.

  • Former Coach ,
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:02 a.m.

    @pacmidmajor,

    Actually, Huntley took his last snap with 13:04 to play in the fourth. Moss did not play in the 4th quarter. Utah threw two passes after Huntley left the game. Utah scored their last touchdown 7 seconds into the 4th quarter. They scored 3 more points. Do you think Utah should have just taken a knee? Your comments suggest nothing more than someone trying to find a fault in Utah's performance.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:59 a.m.

    “Weber state led by 10 points in the 1st quarter on the utes home turf?
    Goes to show that the pac is still not what they think they are.”

    Ute busted:

    Love the typical coog fan one-scene analysis of the whole movie.

    Back in 2011, you probably thought the same about the Pac12, and how great independence was, when on their home turf the coogs led Utah 10-7 late in the second quarter. How’d that turn out?

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Clearly the majority of this chatter is tit for tat!

    Let's look at it from this perspective...Utah is not a true reflection of the PAC 12. Not by a stretch!

    Until Utah can win a division and then the conference and go to the Rose Bowl Game, minimally, they are a glorified Mtn Worst team trying to fit in.

    We are very aware that the PAC 12 must play 9 conference games. But when a team schedules 3 very soft non conference games:

    Utah - Weber St, Northen IL &BYU
    Oregon - Bowling Green, Portland St & San Jose State
    Cal - North Carolina, BYU & Idaho St
    Arizona - BYU, Houston & Southern Utah
    WA St - WY, San Jose St & E Washington

    Then there are those to have 2 soft teams and then a Power 5 team:

    WA, Stanford, Or St, ASU, CO, UCLA

    Lastly, USC - who plays one soft team and then two Power 5 teams, Texas and Notre Dame.

    If you want respect Utah...have a stronger non-conference schedule, win your division, win the PAC 12, go to the Rose Bowl Game or qualify for the CFP.

    Then, you can say you are great and you will deserve and earn my respect as well as millions of others across the country!

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    I thought Utah's offense was just okay is all. Our O-line is not very good. Some of our playmakers were fabulous, others were just putrid......Huntley mediocre as well last night.

    Then, there is the mighty Ute defense. Nothing more needs to be said really. FABULOUS!

    I hope my Utes play better.

    Goooooooo Utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:29 a.m.

    - “still confused as to why the utes needed their 1st team still in this game at the 8 minute mark in the 4th quarter still passing the football”

    - “classic whitt trying to embarrass an instate 1aa school”

    WACmidmajor:

    - I guess coog fans have forgotten why P5 teams schedule tune-up games to start the season, to get some actual game experience to better prepare for conference play. Indy-WAC schools (ok, school) have to schedule tune up games later on in a desperate bid to be bowl-eligble.

    - Some coog fans must be worried about their own instate 1aa school getting embarassed—not by Whitt, but by the fact they aren’t as good.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:25 a.m.

    Weber state led by 10 points in the 1st quarter on the utes home turf?
    Goes to show that the pac is still not what they think they are.

  • StocksOnTheRocks Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    BYU and USU should take note that Gary Andersen has rejoined the Utes coaching staff, for a potential future "winning coach" possibility? with Anderson the Utes actually look good.

  • Frank Walters Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:55 a.m.

    I had forgotten about the game, traveling for work. I'm glad to see it was a total beat down, now gotta clean up those mistakes!

    I was, however, disappointed in the road etiquette by many U fans last night as I sat in traffic from the airport. Lots of proud U cars speeding past, cutting other cars off. And I was surprised that it wasn't just a couple of cars, it was many of them. If we want to be taken seriously then we need to be better behaved as a group, including some commenters here.

    Go Utes! Here's to a great season! I hope we fix the problems and then dominate, we need a division championship!

  • P5Proud Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:49 a.m.

    The Ute's have some things to clean up on offense (their Defense seemed dead solid perfect), but they appear to have found three receiving targets, Mariner, the frosh Ennis and Britian Covey. I believe that Demari Simpkins and Sampson Nacua are better players than they showed last night. It seems like those pretty teardrop passes are going to be a staple of this season. If I were a Ute receiver, I would be working on high pointing and trying to be the go to guy on those sort of plays. It was so nice to see the Tight Ends being a part of things again. Finally--Ty Huntley's arm strength is vastly improved over the past two seasons. He is going to sling it and these receivers had better learn how to catch a bullet--or he'll find somebody who can.

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:45 a.m.

    Congrats to the utes on a hard fought win against Weber State ...However , still confused as to why the utes needed their 1st team still in this game at the 8 minute mark in the 4th quarter still passing the football when the outcome was a given....classic whitt trying to embarrass an instate 1aa school ...

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:42 a.m.

    CG:

    “There’s zero chance Utah’s offense would have generated 600 yards against Arizona’s defense.”

    Kind of like, there’s zero chance your cougs put 100 yards of offense on Arizona’s defense! They might cross the 50 yard line though!

  • mdp Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:33 a.m.

    Big deal- a major beats a minor. The bigger question is how do these patsy games prepare a team to beat the better teams later on. Same ol, same ol- padded record, a mediocre season, and maybe if lucky, a minor bowl invite.

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    utemythology

    "As far as BYU, Weber State woud[sic] beat BYU. Just like Arizona will do on Saturday."

    LOL at your desperate attempt to equate Weber State and Arizona.

    BYU has NEVER lost a home game to Weber State in any sport, men's or women's.

    BYU is 100+ to 0 versus Weber State at home.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    THAT is why you schedule Weber for the first game. You cant look like that against better competition.

  • CougarCat Tucson, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Enjoyed the video clips of Covey's converting of a busted play into a 26 yard gain. Great quickness there. Likewise for the o-line opening up a huge hole for Moss on his long TD run.

    The Wildcats of Weber are a decent FCS team, so this wasn't just a walkover win. Overall a good start, Utes. Balanced offense and smothering defense shown here - only 3 first downs allowed. I'm impressed.

    P.s. to any other Cougar fans thinking of bagging on Utes - as rightly said by Jello, let's give it a rest here. We've got our own issues to deal with. Utes have a decent win under their belts - give credit where credit's due.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:01 a.m.

    Come on, a PAC 12 playing a Big Sky. Utah had better won.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:50 a.m.

    As many expected, offensive line and WR need the most work. Too many dropped passes, and O-line can't even get a 1 yard push against an FCS d-line.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    Whatever...The Utes did what they were supposed to in the end vs one of the better teams in the FCS. Good luck to Coach Hill and his team. I expect that they will have a very successful season. Go Utes!...Go Wildcats!...Go Aggies!

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:33 a.m.

    Same conversation we have every year.

    Great talent, good win..despite slow start.

    Let's just hope the slow start in this game isn't due to the same issues that raise their head later in the season and turn wins into losses and promises into disapointments.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:00 a.m.

    @CougarForever - Holladay, Utah

    From one BYU fan to another...Please give it a rest.

    As to the game, couldn't watch it on the east coast but followed it on line. Was surprised by the turnovers and early lead, but then Utah did what they are supposed to do to a team two levels below them.

    The defense is stout like always which will keep them in most games. If the offense can continue to open it up, but stay away from turnovers they will give USC a run.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 6:49 a.m.

    utemythology

    “As far as BYU, Weber State woud beat BYU. Just like Arizona will do on Saturday.”

    The Utes are lucky that they weren’t playing the Arizona Wildcats on the road last night or they would have been blowout with that slow start and an Arizona offense that would have kept piling on the points.

    There’s zero chance Utah’s offense would have generated 600 yards against Arizona’s defense.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    Sloppy first half, but still a dominating win.
    I also found it interesting that they posted the last FIVE years of the post season for all P5 Conferences, and the PAC 12 was in at number 2 right behind the SEC in bowl wins. But ALL we’ve been hearing is how the PAC 12 is so “weak” and doesn’t deserve to be a P5 from all our buddies in blue, as well as the coug homers in the media. Sorry, I had to mention that, as the trolls will be out in full force today!
    Go Utes!!!

  • CentralcoastUte San luis obispo , CA
    Aug. 31, 2018 6:28 a.m.

    @cougarforever,
    BYU averaged something like 17 points a game last year. Yeah they will probably be better this year but not 20 points better.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 4:24 a.m.

    600 yards vs 60 yards. Massacre. Nuff said.

  • matman Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:31 a.m.

    Can't wait for the team with the only Champ in the State to beat the Utes.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2018 10:58 p.m.

    CougarForever - Holladay, Utah
    Augustin. 30, 2018 10:43 p.m.
    I completely wrote off the Utes early in this game. They looked awful at the beginning with horrible offensive and special teams play. ...

    I still think that we will beat Utah in the last game of the year, just not by a score of 63-3 that I predicted during the first 10 minutes of this game when Weber State was leading 10-0 and the Utah squad looked more like Keystone cops than a P-5 college football team.

    -----

    Even at 10-0 Utah's defense dominated, 46 total yards at half.

    After 10-7 it was only a matter of time that Utah would roll over Weber State.

    As far as BYU, Weber State woud beat BYU. Just like Arizona will do on Saturday.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 30, 2018 10:46 p.m.

    Britain Covey is so quick. Turned a broken play into a 38 yard gain! Jason Shelley looks good as well. It took some time to get on track but this is a good start.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    Good win, Utes. Looked a little shaky at first, but first games are like that. I felt like Utah opened it up a little more which is good. If Whit lets Taylor do his thing this could be a much better offense. Defense looked like...well what were used to from a Ute defense.

    Good luck the rest of the season.

  • CougarForever Holladay, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2018 10:43 p.m.

    I completely wrote off the Utes early in this game. They looked awful at the beginning with horrible offensive and special teams play. Obviously, they turned it around.

    Despite the big win, I was going to make some semi-snide comments about Utah's offensive play calling in this game but when a team has almost 600 yards of total offense it doesn't make sense to toss a lot of criticism at the OC.

    I still think that we will beat Utah in the last game of the year, just not by a score of 63-3 that I predicted during the first 10 minutes of this game when Weber State was leading 10-0 and the Utah squad looked more like Keystone cops than a P-5 college football team.

    Predictions for this Saturday:

    BYU 37 (4 TDs, 3 FGs), AZ 20 (2 TDs, 2 FGs)

    USU 13, Michigan State 38

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 9:55 p.m.

    Defense looks dominate.
    O line needs some work as do the receivers catching the ball.
    Hundley has finally figured out how to give the ball to Moss,
    Moss is a beast.
    Overall, good start.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2018 9:51 p.m.

    Defense looks legit, especially the secondary.

    Moss and Covey were dominate. The rest of the sffense was sloppy with 4 TOs.

    C+ game over all, need to play better next week.

    Go UTES!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 30, 2018 9:48 p.m.

    Looks like all of our "low snaps" miscues have been finally resolved.

    Now we gotta do something about all those turnovers...

    GO UTES!!!

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Aug. 30, 2018 9:31 p.m.

    The Utes looked solid. I always discount the first half of the first game of the season and based on that the Utes could have a really good season. Great to get a look at Shelley for the last few minutes. He looks very good. Fast on his feet and with a smooth throwing motion.