Utes get defensive in dogfight with Northern Illinois, prevail 17-6

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  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    “Arizona St. beat Michigan St.
    Guess that means the PAC12 South is better than the entire BIG10.”

    And CU beat NU on the road.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Sept. 10, 2018 8:41 p.m.

    Mr. Boris - Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:24 p.m.
    Wall banger,

    I also agree with you.

    The AAC is better than the PAC 12 south.

    I think that is the point you were making when bringing up how much better Houston is than Arizona.
    _____

    More PAC12 envy from a bitter BYU fan.
    So now you are comparing an entire G5 conference to a P5 division?

    Arizona St. beat Michigan St.
    Guess that means the PAC12 South is better than the entire BIG10.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 8:27 p.m.

    @ Borris

    In your last post post to me (8 in a row!), you mentioned ‘BYU’ 8 or more times. Interesting to say the least.

    In my post to you I never did mention your favorite team by name.

    It’s easy to stand by my statement... It only takes a partial team to beat your favorite team: (1) a good defense and (2) a good kicking game. See past results.

  • CG Provo, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 2:15 p.m.

    utemythology

    “As compared to 3 points at home against a weak Cal team.”

    BYU scored 18 points against a P12 team; Utah only scored 17 points against a MAC team.

    What proof do you have that Cal isn’t better than Utah?

    Don’t even bother posting some dubious ranking from an opinion poll this early in the season.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2018 6:24 a.m.

    @Mr. Boring

    Lucky for the Utes the PAC 12 south is so bad that they have a really good chance to win the division.

    -----

    As a Utah "alum" who calls it like he sees it, please share with us why you feel Utah is lucky playing an easy schedule in the South like this:

    @ #9 Stanford
    #10 Washington
    #20 Oregon
    #22 USC
    @ #23 ASU
    @ #30 Colorado

    How is the South weak when 4 out of 6 (67%) South teams are ranked in top 30?

    Plus we play the 3 top teams from the North.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2018 12:48 a.m.

    UU - Provo, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:11 a.m.
    At this point in the season i’d Rank Utah 4th in the South.

    1- ASU
    2- Colorado
    3- USC
    4- Utah
    5- UCLA
    6- Arizona

    If the holy war was played today, Utah barely has the edge....

    ----

    You mena Utah State "barley has the edge"?

    According to ESPN, as of today Utah has a 85% edge.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:37 p.m.

    u played a horrible game and won. u couldn't run the ball against a MAC opponent. Rushing 39 times for a 1.7 average won't win a single game in the pac12. u'll probably squeak out two or three wins, but it looks to me like it's another losing record in the conference.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:43 p.m.

    8 in a row,

    Do you people read or comprehend the comments?

    I sarcastically said 10 points against a MAC team is impressive. I said absolutely nothing about BYU.

    I wasn't comparing BYU and Utah. Not every observation about Utah is related to BYU.

    Like I've said before, I am a U of U alum but Utah fans are just so obsessed with BYU is is embarrassing.

    I make a comment about Utah's poor offense and you automatically assume that BYU is my team. I never went to BYU. I actually went to Utah and Utah State and BYU is not "my team". I don't have a team, I just call it as I see it and Utah and BYU both have terrible offenses.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:29 p.m.

    Boris:

    “I’m a U of U alum so I’m not sure what you are talking about when you say “ your cougs”. Where did I talk about BYU in my post?”

    You didn’t have to. You ARE a coug fan, as has been obvious in many, many of your posts. That’s why I referenced “your cougs”. You don’t like the Utes! “Alum” or not.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 5:34 p.m.

    Good thing Utah has a defense

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 9, 2018 4:25 p.m.

    The Utah game was very typical. The Utes seem to always play to the level of their opponents. Utah traditionally is in every game and rarely gets blown out. This was a huge game for NIU and the motivational level I would guess was higher for the Huskies than the Utes, it should never be different, but the press spends the week wondering why the Utes are even playing NIU, that has to impact the players minds and attitudes. Meanwhile in Provo, it was very apparent that BYU lacks the speed of a power five team. California won that game on speed alone. I thought Magnum looked like the same very unconfident player against Arizona as he did again against the Bears and previous seasons. Cal deserved to win that game as they outplayed BYU from start to finish. Arizona is not a good team, but lost mostly to not knowing what BYU was going to run on offense. With a week and actual game tape, Cal clearly was ready and that proved to be obvious. The sky is not falling in Salt Lake, but with less than average opponents left to play on the BYU schedule (minus Wisconsin and Utah) a bowl game looks to be a tough reach as Utah State and Northern Illinois are now looking like loses for Provo.

  • BlueMoonOden Hinckley, IL
    Sept. 9, 2018 2:37 p.m.

    I live near NIU and took my son to the game. I don't believe Huntley should be getting so much flack. NIUs defensive front really ripped the Utah O line. You won't do all that well with a line like I saw last night. Maybe this game will wake them up for Washington. Don't expect a victory though or a division championship.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:53 p.m.

    @ Mr. Boris - Layton, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:32 p.m.

    “10 offensive points against a MAC team. That's impressive.”

    Just remember, all Utah needs to beat your team is their defense and one kicker to show up. In fact, the Utes might just leave their offense home this year. The team is tired of spotting its apponents a dozen or more points a game with their inept offense.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:24 p.m.

    Wall banger,

    I also agree with you.

    The AAC is better than the PAC 12 south.

    I think that is the point you were making when bringing up how much better Houston is than Arizona.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:08 p.m.

    Wall banger,

    I’m a U of U alum so I’m not sure what you are talking about when you say “ your cougs”. Where did I talk about BYU in my post?

    I was talking about the weakness of the PAC 12 south. What does BYU have to do with Utah scoring 10 points against a MAC game team? I said nothing about BYU.

    What is with Ute fans falling back on BYU’s performance when the Utes play poorly?

    But since you mentioned it I agree.
    BYU and Utah both have terrible offenses.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    I love the arrogance displayed by Mr. borris as he knocks the MAC conference and NIU, while apparently not knowing who the cougs play on October 27th.
    Youuuuu, gotta love it, baby. 😹

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:22 p.m.

    Defense wanted to stay vanilla Saturday, but the team overall wasn’t good enough and had to show some of their hand to Washington in the second half to win that game.
    Had the O Line played to even 80% of expectations, the defense could have stayed Vanilla and we would have still got the win.

    Amazing that we’ve had so many O Line problems two years in a row.

    Huntleys numbers were good. One less drop and an average O Line would have allowed us to have a comfortable win. Not much time to coach the linemen up.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:17 p.m.

    Tough win, but a W nonetheless. Winners find a way to pull out this tough wins, others, not so much!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    GoGetter - Sandy, UT "Utah hasn't proven that they are good enough to beat BYU yet."
    What has BYU done to prove it can beat Utah?

    Sagarin has NIU at #70, Arizona #74, and BYU #78.

  • Jackie Treehorn St George, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 10:33 a.m.

    I said earlier in the week if Utah had trouble putting NIU away it could spell trouble for the season. They had trouble, and that means trouble coming.

    Huntley wasn’t awful, but he wasn’t at all aggressive. Ended up with a good passing line, but he left a lot of potential on the field by not getting rid of the ball, and the receivers left a lot on the field in the form of dropped passes.

    If the defense is teeing off on Moss and trying to injure him with alligator rolls, rotate the backfield more and keep him safe.

    But the OL is the biggest disappointment, no push in short yardage against physically outmatched opponents, bad protection again in field goal attempts, and SO slow in pass protection. There should be an open competition in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s practices this week; Barton and Agasiva in particular didn’t get it done.

    Defense was great again, but against a better QB, who knows?

    Not looking great going into probably the toughest season’s test against UW, but maybe they can shore things up.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    Outside of the 3 easy non conference game this Utah team and that offense line may be hard pressed to become bowl eligible.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 10:01 a.m.

    Look, BYU fans have no business putting down the Utes poor performance. And Utah has no business putting down the Cougs poor performance... however I certainly don't consider No Illinois to be of the same caliber as Cal.

    Looks like another lackluster season for both teams!

    I think fans of both teams should start eating a large serving of humble pie and layoff the instate attacks.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:59 a.m.

    Sparkly Briefs:
    "If BYU played Utah next week, the ideal strategy for either team appears to be to punt on first down and let the other team’s inept offense create a disaster to capitalize on."

    Nailed it. Best comment on both games in one sentence. It's going to be a long year on the hill and in Provo if these offenses can't put together any semblance of consistency. And while I like Huntley and Mangum as people, they will not be the QBs to take the Utes or Cougs to anything special. Sometimes you gotta do the gutsy thing, and pull a "Saban" and give the next guy up an opportunity to spark the offense. It's unwatchable right now.

  • niners Fayetteville, NC
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:38 a.m.

    Utah won. That’s all that matters right now.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    Same old Utah team, win with defense and special teams. Difference this special teams aren’t very special. This team is so so hard to watch. Utah, needs a lot of things to change. Why does Whit always get a pass when he has a losing record in conference play. His offense is offensive. He coaches special teams and they aren’t very special.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 9:21 a.m.

    junkgeek,

    I must have missed BYU laying an egg because I was too mezmorized at the absolute joke of an offense that Utah possesses.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    Despite all the doom and gloom, the Utes covered the Vegas point spread and brought home the win. Did they look like they could go toe-to-toe with Washington. No. But you play each game, each week and a win, is a win, is a win.

    Go Utes

  • UteinIdaho Sandpoint, ID
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:42 a.m.

    Another year, more of the same. Utah leans on their defense to squeak out an ugly win.

    That game was pathetic. The 2 All American kickers got thoroughly outplayed by the 2 kickers on the other team, the O line that returned 4 starters was atrocious, the returning QB continued to over throw most of his deep targets, and he stayed in the pocket WAY too long all night, which helped attribute to the 6 sacks, and when he put balls on the money the highly touted, overrated group of receivers continued to drop balls all night.

    I think this NIU team is underrated, but this Utah team is severely overrated. They are the same team they've always been under Whittingham, only with a way worse special teams unit.

    Great defense that is continually put in tough spots all night and routinely tasked with winning the game, alongside a putrid offense. Some things never change. Except that the usually exceptional special teams is now on par with the annually weak offense.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    Like others, I think we were very lucky. First, our offensive line played like they where a junior college line. Second, our defensive line was better than the offense but not that much better. Our quarterback was not impressive at all not to mention our running game. Let's not talk about our kicking game. With the exception of just a few players, I have no idea where all the talent went. We have now watched two games with teams of lessor talent that have made the Ute's look bad in one way or another. Are these players serious about playing their best?

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:21 a.m.

    The starting QB has as many rushes as the rest of the team combined? The Utes have a stable of running backs? Happy feet and still no touch on the ball which contributes to dropped passes?

    Two biggest cupcakes of the season behind... still not enough reps for the so called backup QB.

    Perhaps there are just too many pretty boys on offense.

    The Utes offense could show up and make it a game against Washington but they will have a hard time staying focused over 9 real opponents.

    This team has a lot of work to do. Two blocked field goals this season? With this offense they deserve to be ranked about 55.

  • Utahute72 Tooele, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:08 a.m.

    A couple of points.

    NIU is a really good team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Iowa game was 3-0 midway through the third quarter. Add to this they were at home and stoked to have P5 team coming in. Those are the games Utah used to thrive on.

    The offense really needs to pick it up, because that type of performance won't cut it in conference. In spite of all the carping for disgruntled BYU fans, Colorado showed well, ASU beat MSU, Oregon and Washington rolled; Stanford looked good and USC will come along by the time we play them. Even WSU looks tougher today. Only Zona appears to be the soft spot (which may explain the BYU win).

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Sept. 9, 2018 7:50 a.m.

    If BYU played Utah next week, the ideal strategy for either team appears to be to punt on first down and let the other team’s inept offense create a disaster to capitalize on.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 9, 2018 7:27 a.m.

    I saw nothing from either team that makes me think BYU will beat Utah. Both have a lot of work to do. I hope to see improvement on both teams before they meet.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 7:11 a.m.

    Though BYU's offense didn't look all that great, they did a lot more than Utah's offense over the first 2 games against better competition than Utah did against Weber St and NIU.

    I also think BYU wins this year. Utah hasn't proven that they are good enough to beat BYU yet. Good thing they aren't playing week 3, it would be another ugly game with nobody having anything to brag about.

  • rhodger Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 6:57 a.m.

    It's never ugly when you win on the road......er.....almost never.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 1:11 a.m.

    At this point in the season i’d Rank Utah 4th in the South.

    1- ASU
    2- Colorado
    3- USC
    4- Utah
    5- UCLA
    6- Arizona

    If the holy war was played today, Utah barely has the edge.... Utah by 3 with the game going down to the last possession.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:36 a.m.

    NIU’s a solid opponent, particularly @ their place, w/a consensus all-american on D, who’ll win a bunch of games, including quite possibly winning @ mediocre Florida State in 2 weeks.

    We have glaring deficiencies along our veteran O-Line to address this week leading up to our showdown against an outstanding UW team.

    I’m optimistic we’ll accomplish it & have a great chance @ defeating them in our official blackout game this year!

    Go Utes!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 12:03 a.m.

    Mr. Boris:

    Now that your cougs lost to Cal at home, and beat a PAC 12 team last week that was destroyed by Houston,...are you predicting a win against NIU? Or did you forget that your cougs play them as well?

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:49 p.m.

    Based on the body of work, BYU beats Utah? What? Did anyone see BYU lay an egg tonight? Based on the body of work, BYU loses to Utah State by three TDs and Utah by 2.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:29 p.m.

    Mr. Boris - Layton, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:34 p.m.
    10 offensive points against a MAC team. That's impressive.

    Lucky for the Utes that they are in the PAC 12 south because they have a really good chance to win the division because the PAC 12 south is the worst division in any P5 conference.

    ----

    As compared to 3 points at home against a weak Cal team.

    No, USC is lucky since Utah plays Stanford, Washington and Oregon. USC just Stanford.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:17 p.m.

    UoU 1991 - Park City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:04 p.m.
    The Utes were extremely lucky that were able to avoid the upset.

    ----

    I disagree. It's no luck that the defense is outstanding. They have real good talent and coaching on defense.

    The offense, excluding Covey, did the bare minimum to pull out a win.

  • Frank Walters Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:53 p.m.

    Wow we looked bad, the D definitely won the game for us. The offense was bad and the O line was awful. We better learn quickly otherwise conference play is going to hurt!

    I wasn't expecting to be nervous about our out of conference games...

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:34 p.m.

    10 offensive points against a MAC team. That's impressive.

    Lucky for the Utes that they are in the PAC 12 south because they have a really good chance to win the division because the PAC 12 south is the worst division in any P5 conference.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:04 p.m.

    The Utes were extremely lucky that were able to avoid the upset.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:56 p.m.

    The OL allowed 6 sacks, they were absolutely horrid. NIU has a good defense but that was some abysmal offense.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:51 p.m.

    We won the game.

    We covered the spread.

    The only trouble was our Offensive Line was wearing roller skates tonight. The other problems are manageable, but I’m not so sure about the O-Line play.

  • southpaw 2 Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:37 p.m.

    A win is a win.... however, this is the game where mistakes were made, that can be an education for improvement that is really needed. The weber game was too easy, and as a result, the 2nd week growth that usually takes place, went to sleep. Thank goodness the Utes were talented enough to get by Nor. Ill. Now is when the growth needs to take place. Hats off to Northern Ill. They have a really fine team. Their number 15 on defense put all of our plays to shame.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:37 p.m.

    Utah doesn't deserve to receive votes at this point. They will be lucky to get above 4th in the south if Whittingham doesn't wake up.

    Based on the body of work so far, Utah will get steamrolled against Washington and BYU will beat Utah.

  • PacUtes Orange County, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:36 p.m.

    Ugle game...good win on the road.
    Chase Hansen played a great game, 2 sacks, 1 INT return for TD.

    Now the Utes still have lots of work to do next week to prepare for
    Washington...

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:32 p.m.

    10 offensive points against a MAC team. That's impressive.

    Lucky for the Utes the PAC 12 south is so bad that they have a really good chance to win the division.

  • CO Ute Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    A win is a win is a win. Even if it is ugly. O line better improve quickly or Utes will have to lean on the defense for wins.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:08 p.m.

    Too many drop passes. Too long to get passes off. Too many stupid penalties. Too many players around the punt receiver leading to fumbles. Other than that, Utah looked OK given a very good defensive NIU team.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:06 p.m.

    this was an ugly game. niu probably made a strategic error in first half by not kicking a chip shot second field goal. utah defense really stiffened in second half, but shouldn't have had to come to that. gay missing 2 more field goals didn't help.

    utah offensive line looked bad. huntley had happy feet tonite, but part of that was due to the poor line play. huntley threw some good balls tonite with a fair number of them dropped.

    this one of those games that utah could easily have lost, and maybe should have lost. things better improve by next week or its going to get very ugly very quick.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:04 p.m.

    What a frustrating game. Did our O-line stay out late? What is going on? Thank you Chase! NIU has a very good defense, I wish them the best the rest of the season.