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Crimson Corner: Where is the Utah offense?

Posted Nov 16th - 5:04pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

The date - October 30, 2010. Utah just intercepted an Air Force pass with an 18 point lead in the fourth quarter. It appeared as if the Utes were going to pull away from the Falcons and break a stretch of nail- biters with their conference rivals.

Facing a fourth and two from the Air Force 35 yard line, the Utes tried a short pass to running back Matt Asiata. Jordan Wynn's pass fell to the turf, and just as if a magician said "shazam", the Utah offense disappeared.

Not only did they disappear for the rest of the game against the Falcons, they played hide and go seek against TCU, hiding for more than three quarters. They didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter when they were finally able to get into the endzone.

Runnin' Utes Host Montana Wednesday

Posted Nov 16th - 3:32pm by U Of U Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball team (1-0) will look to win its second straight home contest to open the 2010-11 season Wednesday as it hosts Montana (0-1). Tip-off at the Jon M. Huntsman Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Utah is coming off a 26-point victory in its season-opener against Grand Canyon, 72-48. The Runnin' Utes saw four players score in double figures, led by game highs of 14 points and eight rebounds from junior wing Will Clyburn, in his first game in a Utah uniform. Other Utes scoring in double digits were sophomore center Jason Washburn with 12 points and junior guard Josh Watkins and sophomore guard Chris Hines, each with 11.

Sophomore wing Shawn Glover and freshman guard J.J. O'Brien each tied Clyburn's game-high eight rebounds. Watkins had a game-high six assists in his Ute debut. Utah finished with 16 helpers while turning it over just eight times, a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

POSTGAME BLOG: Notre Dame 28, (14) Utah 3

Posted Nov 13th - 3:51pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

Score: Notre Dame 28, (14) Utah 3

Putting out a missing team report - has anyone seen the Utah offense? Anyone? Since the fourth quarter against Air Force, Utah has been outscored 88-10. Notre Dame rolled all over the Utes, scoring 28 unanswered points in a 28-3 rout on Senior Day.

Utah had 10 penalties for 65 yards in the first half, and couldn't catch a break in the second. Three potential pass interferences went uncalled as the Utes lose for the second week in a row.

Utah Football: South Bend, day 2

Posted Nov 12th - 12:24pm by Mike Grant and Tom Kirkland

Tom Kirkland

Two days into our Notre Dame sojourn and this magical, mystical, spiritual experience is everything that this iconis and legendary tour should be. The weather's spectacular (sunny, upper 60's) the excitement's building and the world famous sites on this pristine campus are even more brilliant in the warm sunshine.

We toured each of the famous spots on campus with the school's historian\spokesman Dennis Brown. Started beneath the Golden Dome, then on to the Grotto (where visitors can reflect in quiet solitude and light candles in prayer) past not-to-famous statues "Fair Catch Corby" (Union Army's chaplain who prayed with troops before Gettysburg) and "Number 1 Moses" so dubbed because he's raising 1 very prominent forefinger. Then we wrapped up this private, golf-cart tour at the base of "Touchdown Jesus" (actually entitled "Word of Life). This will be one of the features we run on "SportsBeat South Bend" the Utah\Notre Dame pregame show right before kickoff on KSL 5/NBC at noon Saturday.

Utah Football: Arriving in South Bend

Posted Nov 11th - 12:38pm by Mike Grant

I have heard that South Bend is a neat place full of history and College Football Pageantry, but it is beyond that.

Tom Kirkland, Marc Weaver and I left Salt Lake City early this morning and got into Chicago, drove to South Bend, and there it was. The Golden Dome! We saw it from the toll road and the excitement was overwhelming. The Notre Dame campus is beautiful. The grounds are neat and clean, the buildings are historic, and then there was "Touchdown Jesus." I must have stared at that mural for 15 minutes without blinking.

Notre Dame Stadium is special. The Knute Rockne statue, Lou Holtz has a statue there too, and the tunnel was epic. We snapped some pictures and then went to the Notre Dame football offices to hear Head Coach Brian Kelly hold a press conference. He was energetic and gave thoughtful answers. The football offices were amazing. Notre Dame's seven Heisman Trophies were just inside the door to the left, the National Championship Crystal football was just as you walked in, and the statue of the "Four Horseman" was to the right.

'Golden opportunity' awaits Utes

Posted Nov 9th - 12:58pm by Dirk Facer, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — It isn't exactly a "do-over," but it does come close ... sort of, maybe, perhaps.

A week after a poor performance in the national spotlight, the 15th-ranked Utah Utes get another chance to show the country what they can do.

Saturday's game at Notre Dame will be broadcast on NBC.

POSTGAME BLOG: (3) TCU 47, (5) Utah 7

Posted Nov 6th - 4:52pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

Score: (3) TCU 47, (5) Utah 7

SALT LAKE CITY -- In what was billed to be the biggest game ever in Mountain West Conference history, the Utah Utes decided to take an early vacation. Wearing all black camo jerseys, the Utes were "blacked out" by an aggressive TCU defense that didn't let them cross midfield until 12 minutes left in the game.

TCU dominated in all three phases, piling up 558 total yards while holding the Utes to just 199. TCU converted 11 of 15 3rd downs while holding the Utes to just 3 of 13. And the Horned Frogs snapped Utah's 21 game MWC record home winning streak (TCU currently has 19).

GAME PREVIEW: (3) TCU vs. (5) Utah

Posted Nov 5th - 3:03pm by Mike Grant

#5 Utah vs. #3 TCU

Here we go again. The game between these two teams becomes harder and harder to preview. This is what every college football team should dream of. This is a game with more riding on it than ever. It is hard to say that because in 2004, when the Utes were the first team to bust into the BCS by beating BYU, that was pretty big. This game has possible National Championship implications though. Nationally it is recognized as the game of the week, but for fans of the Utes, this could be a shot at football immortality!

It is interesting how some national media won't recognize these two teams (and Boise State). Mark May and Craig James of ESPN continue to be extremely critical of both teams because of their body of work. May said that in his opinion, none of the three non-AQ teams belongs in the conversation. That is hard to believe. Utah, TCU, and Boise State continue to demolish many of their opponents week after week.

Pac-10 announces 2011 football schedule, Utes open conference play at USC

Posted Nov 5th - 2:15pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pac-10 Conference office released the 2011 football schedule today and Utah's first game as a Pac-12 member will be at USC on Sept. 10. It is Utah's first visit to the Coliseum since 1948. Utah's first Pac-12 home opponent is Washington--a team that has never played the Utes in Salt Lake City--on Oct. 1.

The Utes will compete in the Pac-12 Southern division, meaning they will meet Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and USC every year, and four teams from the Northern division on a two-year home-and-away cycle. Utah's 2011 and 2012 Northern division opponents will be California, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.

Overnight camping permitted prior to ESPN GameDay Show

Posted Nov 3rd - 1:50pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY--Overnight camping will be permitted outside Rice-Eccles Stadium and in surrounding parking lots on campus prior to Saturday's ESPN College GameDay. Rice-Eccles Stadium camping is permitted only by the southwest corner ticket office and stretching up 500 South, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

  Fans with Crimson Club tailgate passes may begin parking in the Guardsman Way lot at 3 p.m. Friday.  Fans with the proper parking pass who choose to camp in other lots around campus may begin setting up after 5 p.m. Friday.

  All camping gear along 500 South by the ticket office must be packed up and removed by 5 a.m. Saturday.  Entry to the "pit" area for ESPN GameDay will begin at 5:30 a.m. with the line forming outside the ticket office. All parking lots on campus will open at 6 a.m.

Utah Utes football: Team to don special Under Armour gear in support of troops

Posted Nov 1st - 11:04pm by Dirk Facer, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Under Armour and the Utah Utes are teaming up to support the Wounded Warrior Project in Saturday's game against TCU at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Utes will sport black uniforms with camouflage trim and numbers, along with matching footwear, to help raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization that honors and empowers U.S. Armed Forces personnel who have been seriously wounded in combat.

The jerseys, which have core values like "honor," "integrity," "country," "service" and "duty" on the back instead of last names, will be auctioned off online Monday at

Utah safety Brian Blechen named MWC player of the week

Posted Nov 1st - 10:49am by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - DeMarco Sampson and Brian Stahovich (San Diego State) and Brian Blechen (Utah) are the Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 30. Sampson earns Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Blechen garners the Defensive Player award and Stahovich earns Special Teams recognition. This marks the second career player of the week honor for Blechen, Sampson and Stahovich.


Freshman, Safety, Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS
Brian Blechen registered a career-high nine tackles (six solo), an interception and a fumble recovery to aid Utah's 28-23 win at Air Force. In the first quarter with the score tied 7-7, the Moorpark, Calif., product picked up a fumble on Utah's 9-yard line to stop a Falcon drive. In the third quarter, with Utah leading 21-10, Blechen intercepted an Air Force pass and returned it 14 yards to the Falcon 18-yard line. The Utes would score on their offensive possession to move the lead to 28-10. Blechen also assisted on a tackle for a loss of one yard.


Senior, Wide Receiver, Chula Vista, Calif./Castle Park HS
DeMarco Sampson led San Diego State to a 48-38 win at Wyoming, tallying seven receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns to help the Aztecs become bowl eligible for the first time since 1998. The Chula Vista, Calif., native's 175 receiving yards are the most by an MWC player in Conference action this season. With 6:26 remaining in the second quarter, Sampson caught a 56-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Lindley to put the Aztecs ahead, 13-10. Sampson, who has notched three consecutive 100-yard receiving outings, later added a 59-yard score to put San Diego State ahead, 48-38, with 4:56 remaining.

Utah up to 5th, TCU 3rd in latest BCS rankings

Posted Oct 31st - 7:13pm by Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon and Auburn swapped spots atop the BCS standings and Boise State was passed again, this time by TCU.

The Ducks (8-0) moved into first place for the first time this season, which is interesting but not necessarily important. Auburn (9-0) grabbed the top spot last week, but Oregon caught up after beating Southern California 53-32, leaving the Tigers in second place.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 5 play in the championship game Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz. Right now, the Ducks and Tigers are in control of the title race.

ESPN GameDay coming to Salt Lake City

Posted Oct 31st - 1:09pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- ESPN College Football GameDay is coming to Salt Lake City this week and fans are encouraged to attend all of its shows in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

On Friday, Nov. 5, the ESPN GameDay crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews will broadcast segments for SportsCenter, College Football Live and other ESPN shows from the set in Rice-Eccles Stadium from 10 a.m. until around noon.

On Saturday, College Football GameDay will begin airing before a live crowd at 7 a.m. The show lasts for three hours (until 10 a.m. MT), with the first hour on ESPNU and the remaining two hours on ESPN.

Crimson Corner: Survived and advanced

Posted Oct 31st - 2:28am by Mike Grant

It was a job done, not necessarily well done, but done.

The Utes got help in the way of the turnover on Saturday evening in Colorado Springs.  Utah has had trouble all year long in the turnover margin, something that Head Coach Kyle Whittingham has talked about all year.  Saturday, turnovers saved their season.  The Utes got five timely turnovers, including a fumble recovery on the 3rd play of scrimmage.  Without the turnovers, Utah is not in this game.  It is hard to believe that Utah got their tails kicked, but they honestly did.  Utah gave up 210 yards on the ground, a huge number compared to what they average (86).  The fourth quarter was concerning also.  Coach Whittingham noted after the game that Utah needs to learn how to play 60 minutes, just like the Cadets.  

What is the most important?  Winning!  Even in the Sugar Bowl year, the Utes only won by one touchdown, scoring with 53 seconds left in the game to secure the win.  For Utah, Air Force is a "survive and advance" type game, just like it was Saturday.  

POSTGAME BLOG: (7) Utah 28, Air Force 23

Posted Oct 30th - 10:27pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Writer

Score: (7) Utah 28, Air Force 23

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- If history had any indication of what was to take place tonight, we all would have seen this coming. It took everything they had, but the 7th ranked Utah Utes came out on top 28-23 against Air Force in their last meeting as conference opponents.

Utah (8-0, 5-0 MWC) forced five Air Force turnovers, but still had to come up with a sack with no time left to preserve their five point win over the Falcons (5-4, 3-3 MWC).

GAME PREVIEW: (7) Utah at Air Force

Posted Oct 30th - 12:48pm by Mike Grant

It starts now. Preseason is over. Business up to this point has been taken care of.

Let the games begin.

The Utah football team now has only a five game season to reach their goals and it starts Saturday against the Air Force Academy. Utah fans are all well aware that games between these two schools come down to the wire. The Falcons and Utes have played 26 times and the Cadets have outscored Utah 756-737.

Gridiron questions and hardwood thoughts

Posted Oct 25th - 6:38pm by Mike Grant

How Good Are the Utes?

This is the question that continues to surround the 2010 Utah football team. After finishing their preseason schedule, we will finally find out how good the Utes are starting this weekend in Colorado Springs when they take on Air Force.

Utah is coming off a huge offensive output against Colorado State, putting up 648 yards of offense. Quarterback Jordan Wynn got back in his groove, going 23/29 for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Wynn was also rewarded with Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Wynn's game was highlighted by his career long TD pass of 71 yards to DeVonte Christopher.

2 Cougars, 1 Ute named MWC players of week

Posted Oct 25th - 5:40pm by Mwc Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cody Hoffman and Brandon Ogletree (BYU), Ed Wesley (TCU) and Jordan Wynn (Utah) are the Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 23. Wesley and Wynn share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Ogletree garners the Defensive Player award and Hoffman earns Special Teams recognition. This marks the second career player of the week honor for Wynn and the first weekly accolade for Hoffman, Ogletree and Wesley.


Sophomore, Quarterback, Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS
Jordan Wynn completed 23-of-29 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action, helping No. 9 Utah to a 59-6 win over Colorado State. The Oceanside, Calif., native threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with running back Eddie Wide on a 30-yard score early in the first quarter before throwing a career-long 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVonte Christopher in the final minutes of the first half. Wynn added another strike moments into the second half, finding wide receiver Shaky Smithson for a 18-yard touchdown reception at the 10:28 mark of the third quarter to put Utah ahead, 31-6. Paced by Wynn, the Utes netted 648 yards of total offense, the fifth-most ever produced by a Utah team in one game.

Auburn jumps to No. 1, Utah eighth in BCS standings

Posted Oct 25th - 12:39am by Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Cam Newton and Auburn blew by Boise State into first place in the BCS standings. The University of Utah moved up one spot to No. 8.

The unbeaten Tigers (8-0) vaulted from fourth to the top spot Sunday, putting the Southeastern Conference in line for a fifth straight appearance in the national title game.

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