Score: Utah 30, Wyoming 6
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- It wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Utes got the job done. Utah scored 16 points in the second quarter and never looked back, defeating the Wyoming Cowboys 30-6 in War Memorial Stadium.
It won't matter next year when the school makes the move to the Pac-10, but right now Utah finds itself in a very familiar position.
The No. 10 Utes will be looking to strengthen their BCS bowl resume once again when they visit Wyoming on Saturday.
It has become a big debate over the last few years — starting when an Utah squad, led by Urban Meyer and Alex Smith, went undefeated in 2004 — over whether a team from non-BCS conferences deserve a spot in the national championship game. Boise State and TCU have joined the discussion along with the Utes, and all three schools currently rank in the top 10 nationally.
Good news for former Utah wide receiver Brent Casteel - he just signed with the Utah Blaze. Casteel was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman and second-team all-conference as a sophomore. Most Utah fans will remember his touchdown against Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Complete press release is below.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Blaze is pleased to announce the signing of former University of Utah WR Brent Casteel (5-10, 200, Utah). Casteel will return to Utah after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL in 2009.
With many questions surrounding the Utes heading into their game against the Cyclones, a few were certainly answered.
The first - how good are the Utes? Honestly, they are very good. Utah fans had to be worried after the first quarter against Iowa State. The second quarter however, left no doubt how explosive this team can be. The defense is still stellar, the offense can capitalize, and the kick/punt returners are potential game changers. Shaky Smithson had another game to remember in Ames, sparking the Utes for 293 all-purpose yards and 2 TD's (one passing and one receiving). Reggie Dunn, the junior college transfer from Compton, California also had a kickoff return of 100 yards. Utah is going to make every team worry about every single play in the football game.
The big question remains - how good are the Utes? Nationally speaking, with the schedule that they have played, they are right where they need to be to make a move this season.
Score: Utah 68, Iowa State 27
AMES, Iowa -- Utah continued its second quarter dominance in a big way en route to a 68-27 win over Iowa State Saturday night.
The Utes (5-0) outscored the Cyclones (3-3) 31-0 in the second quarter. For the game, Utah piled up 593 total yards while holding the Cyclones to just 348, with a big chunk of that coming in the 4th quarter against Utah's second and third team defense.
After a busy day at KSL - launching a new Game Center for NCAA football, baseball playoffs, the NHL season opener and a Jazz preseason game against the Portland Trailblazers - I am now headed to Iowa to watch No. 10 Utah battle Iowa State from the Big 12.
Utah and Iowa State will kickoff Saturday at 5:00 MST and will be broadcast on Fox College Sports.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- BYU and Utah will continue playing each other in football once they leave the Mountain West Conference next year.
The in-state rivals said Thursday they have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2011. Utah is leaving the Mountain West to join the Pac-10 after this season. BYU is leaving the conference to become an independent program in football.
"We are pleased to announce the Deseret First Duel rivalry games will continue with Utah," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. "The BYU-Utah rivalry is one of the best in the country and is very important to the fans of both schools."
After running away from Stanford, Oregon jumped over Boise State and into No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday.
Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, Texas fell out of the Top 25. Two more traditional powers tumbled from the rankings, too, with Penn State and Southern California joining the Longhorns in the others receiving votes.
The top two spots in the rankings remained unchanged. Alabama is No. 1 and Ohio State is No. 2, just the way it's been since the preseason.
Score: Utah 56, San Jose State 3
When you think of improvement, most would think of a gradual process in which you saw results match your goals. For the Utes, they like to do it all at once.
Coming into the game as the MWC leader in penalties per game, the Utes only committed one, and that was at the 5:24 mark in the 4th quarter.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The 13th ranked Utah football team continues its season Saturday against San Jose State at 6pm on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game will be televised, oh, wait, no, the game won't be televised. Let me say that again, the 13th ranked team in the country will not appear on television this weekend.
Two quick things to remind Ute fans: 1. KSL will be covering the game and will have highlights and post game reaction from the game and 2. In 2011, the Utah Utes will be playing in the PAC-12. The Mtn. television network has chosen the UNLV/New Mexico game instead of the Utes.
Now, on to preview the game that will not be on television this weekend.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's departure from the Big 12 will cost the university more than $9 million and Colorado is leaving more than $6 million from the conference behind to join the Pac-10 next year.
The Big 12 and the universities announced settlements on Tuesday in which the conference will withhold millions in distributions.
SALT LAKE CITY -- DB Lamar Chapman and PR/KR Shaky Smithson are honored with MWC player of the week awards after the Utes' 56-14 win over New Mexico.
Shaky was once again electric out on the field, returning a punt 73 yards for a touchdown. He now has returned punts for touchdowns in consecutive games (he had a 77-yarder against UNLV last week). He averaged 41.5 yards per kickoff return and had an incredible 223 total return yards to help the Utes pick up their second conference win.
Lamar Chapman won the Defensive Player of the Week award. Chapman was an integral part of a brick wall defense that only allowed 230 total yards to the Lobos. Chapman had eight tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Utes (3-0, 2-0 MWC) have climbed a spot in both polls following a 56-14 win over conference rival New Mexico.
Utah is now ranked 13th, their highest ranking since finishing the 2008 season second in the AP poll.
Score: Utah 56, New Mexico 14
Terrance Cain improved to 9-1 as a starting quarterback as the Utes rolled over New Mexico 56-14 in Albuquerque.
Cain was 20 of 23 for 248 yards and three touchdowns. The Utah offense piled up 428 yards and 19 first downs.
ALBUQUERQUE -- If any Mountain West Conference opponent knows how to beat a ranked Utah team, its the New Mexico Lobos.
In Urban Meyer's only conference loss, the Lobos knocked off the No. 23 Utes in 2003, 47-35.
In November of 1994, No. 8 Utah had an 8-0 record going into their match-up with New Mexico, including victories over conference partner No. 12 Colorado State and Oregon, who won the PAC-10 and finished the season ranked 11th. The Utes were heavy favorites to destroy a Lobo team that only had three wins on the season. Even though the Utes jumped out early, turnovers fueled a furious Lobo rally, with the Lobos winning 23-21 on a field goal with just over 30 seconds left.
With the 2010 season in full swing and the "light" part of their schedule ahead, there is one thing that could derail the season - injuries.
Starting Quarterback Jordan Wynn already has a sprained thumb and missed the UNLV game. Punter Sean Sellwood has a bad ankle after getting a punt blocked against UNLV - the punt game is already a mess. Sellwood is listed as probable.
The scariest injury was at the end of the game when center Zane Taylor was rolled up in a pile and had to be helped off the field. Taylor is listed as doubtful for the game against the Lobos. The fact that Taylor's injury is not as serious as it initially looked has to leave Utah fans breathing a sigh of relief. Taylor has made all of the offensive line calls for three years now and to lose him might be devastating. Utah's schedule looks to be lending a helping hand though.
Utah WR and punt returner Shaky Smithson was named the MWC Special Teams player of the week for his standout performance in the Utes' 38-10 win over UNLV.
Shaky bounced back in a big way, from having two turnovers against Pitt, to having the #2 highlight on Sportscenter - a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown.
He also tallied a 55-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Terrance Cain, who was filling in for Jordan Wynn (sprained thumb).
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah is up six spots in this week's AP Top 25.
Utah is on the road Saturday at New Mexico, which fell to 0-2 this week with a 52-17 loss to Texas Tech.
Score: Utah 38, UNLV 10
Terrance Cain improved to 8-1 as a starting quarterback, guiding the Utes to a 38-10 victory over UNLV.
In the last conference match-up between the two teams before Utah begins PAC-10 play next season, Cain was effective in backing up injured Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, who dressed but did not play in the game.
SALT LAKE CITY -- What in the world happened after the 27-0 loss at UNLV in 2007? Is that the single-most embarrassing loss in Utah football recent history? How many times did Frank "The Tank" Summers say, "Fill it up again!" during that game? Should Ute fans try to erase that game out of their memory? The answer to that question is a resounding no.
What? Don't erase it? Let's dig into the stats from that disaster in 2007 game before we answer why. Summers had 190 yards rushing on 29 carries. That translated into a 6.6 yard/carry average and two touchdowns. Summers also had one reception for 29 yards and he happened to score on that play as well. The Utah team as a whole gave up 340 yards of offense, turned the ball over four times, and lost the time of possession battle, albeit by just over a minute, but they still lost. They looked awful. The Utes were coming off a 44-6 win over a ranked UCLA team, obviously feeling pretty good about themselves.
Why shouldn't we erase that memory from a few years ago? The most incredibly boring thing happened to the University of Utah football program after that. They learned their clichés. They learned to take it one game at a time. They learned that they need to do whatever they could to help the ball club. They needed to be grateful for the opportunity to play, to play hard, and the good Lord willing, everything will work out. They learned that they couldn't look ahead. They learned the focus they needed to complete a college football schedule. The coaches learned to dot their i's and cross their t's. Since they learned those lessons in 2007, the Utes are 32 and 4. Something happened after that loss. Perhaps nobody in the Utah football program will admit to it, but it opened their eyes.
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