Utah football report card: Offensive failings doom Utes in title game loss to Washington

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  • kanejose New York, NY
    Dec. 2, 2018 3:21 a.m.

    I am thankfull to you for sharing such a useful information

  • Atkins Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 6:52 p.m.

    Agree Shelley's review is too harsh. First off his QBR isn't 9.3. That's raw QBR. The total QBR is 18.9. 18.9 is still low, but QBR is based on EPA (expected points added by change in field position from one play to the next), and Utes only ran 50 odd plays and Shelley was involved for EPA purposes in just 37.

    Bottom line, he got very little help from O line and RBs in the run game, marginal protection, WRs dropped accurate throws, one resulting in the pick six, and the other picks resulted at least in part because the receiver made a mistake (fell in one case and in the other allowed the DB to get top position).

  • Husker2 Aurora, MN
    Dec. 1, 2018 3:18 p.m.

    Play calling was very suspect. Utah never even tried to establish the run. Many of the passes, especially in the 1st half, were horizontal and were not going to work against a fast, aggressive UW D.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Dec. 1, 2018 2:30 p.m.

    Defensive success of Washington Huskies doom Utes in title game loss.

    Words have an effect on perception.

    No one was complaining of the Ute offense two weeks ago.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 1, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    Agree that this is too harsh on Shelley. The pick six was actually not his fault. And the interception where the receiver fell down- well, that’s not really the WBs fault either. Only the long interception inside the ten was Shelley’s fault, and that was not too terribly harmful because of the field position.
    Bottom line, if Thompson catches the long pass deep in UW territory and Mariner catches the pass instead of serving up a pick six, this game could have been 10-3 or 6-3 for Utah. The receivers really cost Utah the game.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 1, 2018 11:12 a.m.

    I totally agree with this DNews "report card." Gooooooo Utes!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 11:11 a.m.

    BlueHusky "Utah cannot be a really good team unless Kyle lets an OC actually develop an offense. "
    Perhaps you're still feeling a bit raw about the "terrible" OC that engineered 28 unanswered points in 16 minutes against your beloved team. The Utes are on a good track overall, and had a bad game against a strong P5 defense. Not recruiting good offensive players? The backup red-shirt freshman got them to the conference championship game.

  • Malachi Riverton, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    Another perspective: It was a battle of the defenses. Utah's offense scored just as many points (3) against Washington's defense as Washington's offense scored on Utah's defense (3).

    The entire difference in score came on a freak bounce of the ball off the leg of a receiver that turned into a pick six.

  • utahcoyote St. George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    not sure i would have been so harsh on shelley. the pick 6 was not his fault as the ball should have been caught by the receiver and then bounced up in the air so that the defensive back could field it. shelley also delivered a perfect pass that should have cleanly handled by thompson (?) deep in washington territory. for me his worst play was taking the sack while utah was in field goal position late in 2nd qtr. utah not utilizing a time out to set up a final play of the half still baffles me.

    really thought that utah should try to go deep early in the game, especially to dixon. running between the tackles was going to get you absolutely no where against washington. game plan on offense was lackluster at best.

    on defense, browning actually got lucky couple of times as he could easily have had 2 more interceptions, one deep in washington territory.

    whoever set the betting over/under at over 40 was ridiculous.

  • BlueHusky Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    I'm happy to comment again on this topic. Utah cannot be a really good team unless Kyle lets an OC actually develop an offense. He's a great defensive coach. And clearly, the best athletes he recruits go to defense. Maybe he can't get good offensive players because the word is out:

    Defense: Good
    Offense: Lousy

    That has been the pattern since Kyle took over from He Who Must Not Be Named.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    The offensive play calling took a step backwards. They didn't try to establish the run game at all. Instead of feeding the ball to the running back, they opened several series with incomplete passes and trick plays that didn't fool a very good Washington defense. Shyne was given four rushing attempts in the first half. That's not Utah football.