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Crimson Corner 10/6: Utah football stuns UCLA, Runnin' Utes media day

Posted Oct 6th - 7:57pm by Robert Jackson and Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team slayed another giant, taking down No. 8 UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

The win brings up a great question - who will be Utah's starting quarterback going forward?

Plus Runnin' Utes preview the upcoming season with media day interviews.

Crimson Corner 9/29: Washington State recap and UCLA preview

Posted Sep 29th - 5:13pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team opened conference play the same way it has the last three years — with a loss.

The Utes fell to 0-4 in conference openers since joining the Pac-12 with a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Washington State. The Utes held several significant leads in this game — 21-0 in the first quarter and 27-14 in the fourth, but couldn't make the plays needed down the stretch to get the W.

The road only gets tougher from here as the Utes travel south to Los Angeles to take on the No. 8 UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl. The Utes are a combined 1-12 on the road against the LA area schools, with the lone win coming against USC in 1916.

Crimson Corner 9/22: Michigan recap, Washington State preview

Posted Sep 22nd - 5:39pm by Robert Jackson and Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team closed out its non-conference slate with a convincing 26-10 win over the Michigan Wolverines, earning some national recognition along the way.

Next up for the Utes is a chance to snap their 0-3 Pac-12 Conference opener losing streak as they face the Washington State Cougars Saturday evening in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Crimson Corner 9/16: Michigan game week

Posted Sep 16th - 10:37am by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Luckily for the Utes they had a bye in week 3 of college football, as teams from the Pac-12 did not fare so well.

UCLA lost its starting quarterback in their 20-17 win over Texas, while Arizona State also lost its starting QB in a 38-24 win over Colorado. It is uncertain as to when either quarterback will be ready to play again.

Meanwhile USC traveled east to Boston College where the Eagles had a field day running the football, rushing for 452 yards in a 37-31 upset over the top 10 Trojans.

Crimson Corner 9/8: Fresno State recap

Posted Sep 8th - 5:18pm by Robert Jackson and Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah improved to 2-0 on the season with an impressive offensive showcase in a 59-27 win over Fresno State.

Travis Wilson threw for five touchdowns, tied for second most in school history. Wide receivers Dres Anderson and Kenneth Scott both had two touchdowns, while the offense was almost perfectly balanced with 258 yards rushing and 268 yards passing.

But the defense was not to be outdone, accounting for seven sacks and 11 total tackles for a loss, even recovering a fumble to record Utah's first defensive turnover of the season.

Crimson Corner 9/1: Idaho State recap and Fresno State preview

Posted Sep 1st - 5:15pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2014 football season is in full swing as the Utes began the new year with a 56-14 win over Idaho State.

What are the positives and negatives about the win?

Plus Utes wide receiver Kenneth Scott is excited to be back on the field and the Utes thoughts on their upcoming game vs. Fresno State.

Crimson Corner 8/25: Idaho State preview

Posted Aug 25th - 6:01pm by Robert Jackson and Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY We're back! The 2014 football season is just hours away as the Utes prepare to face FCS foe Idaho State. What are the players saying about the game? Plus Travis Wilson's road back to the starting lineup and getting you ready for the 2014 season of Utah football.

Offense rebounds for Utes, defense loses Reggie Porter

Posted Aug 13th - 2:50pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday's practice for the University of Utah football team was marked with some good news and bad news.

While the offense bounced back from its lackluster performance in yesterday's scrimmage, the defense learned some troubling news that cornerback Reggie Porter will miss the entire 2014 season with a knee injury.

"It is very disappointing," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told the media. "He'll have surgery in a couple weeks. It is a big blow."

Whittingham 'disappointed' in QB play during fall scrimmage

Posted Aug 12th - 4:31pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Facing a relentless pass rush for most of the day, Utah's quarterbacks took a step back from the progress they had made throughout fall camp.

"I wasn’t impressed with any quarterback," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said to describe the performance of the six QBs that received reps during Tuesday's scrimmage at Rice-Eccles. "It was disappointing because they’ve all been really sharp up until today, however in a game-like situation we didn’t respond."

The quarterbacks combined for a not so good 15-of-44 passing, and while they didn't throw any interceptions, two handoff exchanges were dropped, both of which were recovered by the defense, and one was returned for a 89-yard fumble return for a touchdown by safety Tevin Carter.

Position battles heating up as Utes near fall scrimmages

Posted Aug 11th - 5:04pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes will look to settle some depth chart position battles as they hold two scrimmages this week, the first of the fall camp session. The scrimmages are scheduled for Tuesday and Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"Coming out of Saturday's scrimmage we have to have most all of our questions answered, because at that point we'll only be 12 days away from the game (vs. Idaho State). We have to prepare for the game and we can only get a couple groups reps," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said.

One of the key position battles underway at camp is at quarterback between returning starter Travis Wilson and incoming transfer Kendal Thompson from Oklahoma. While Wilson was listed at No. 1 on the latest depth chart released Monday morning, Whittingham made it a point to say the competition isn't over yet.

Charitable U: Zane Beadles donates $750K to football program

Posted Jul 28th - 3:32pm by Robert Jackson

Zane Beadles has always been one to go above and beyond.

While at Hillcrest High School, Beadles never missed a game and was named to the all-state team.

At the University of Utah, he became the fourth Ute offensive lineman to become a first-team All-American. He was also a four-year starter for the Utes.

Utah football: Defense holds upper hand in scrimmage

Posted Apr 12th - 2:29pm by Utah Athletics

SALT LAKE CITY — Other than a showcase of speed by running back Troy McCormick and receiver Dres Anderson, the defense held the upper hand in Saturday's scrimmage.

A crowd of several thousand basking in the sun enjoyed several big plays, including a 60-yard touchdown run by the speedy McCormick, a 44-yard touchdown pass from Travis Wilson to Dres Anderson and a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Hipolito Corporan.

Offense starting to click for Utes in week two of Camp Kyle

Posted Mar 26th - 11:40am by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Tuesday marked the beginning of week two of Utah's spring football practices, and while the week prior was dominated by the defense, it was the offense that made some strides — especially in the passing game.

All quarterbacks looked sharper on day four of Camp Kyle, which also marked the first day of full contact this spring for the Utes. Execution, mechanics and pocket presence all were improved as the offense finally got in a rhythm after being seemingly stagnant through the first few days.

Six players are taking reps at quarterback this spring with two more entering the program this fall. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham thinks the competition level and overall depth is a good thing for the program.

Utah football: Travis Wilson back with Utes as spring camp begins

Posted Mar 19th - 3:15pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — You could feel the sense of urgency up on the hill.

After back-to back-losing seasons for the first time in 23 years, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham made a bold decision this past offseason, hiring Dave Christensen to be the Utes' new offensive coordinator in hopes of bucking that losing trend.

There were plenty of new faces at the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center as the Utes kicked off their first spring practice of 2014 Tuesday afternoon — both new incoming recruits and new offensive staff hires. But it was one familiar face that drew the most attention.

Pac-12 Tournament picks

Posted Mar 12th - 11:54am by Robert Jackson and Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY The Pac-12 Tournament kicks off today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Here are our projections at how the tourney could play out.

First Round

Josh: Utah
Rob: Utah

Oklahoma QB transferring to Utah

Posted Feb 26th - 12:39pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — For a position group that has seen its share of setbacks over the past several seasons, suddenly the Utah football roster is overflowing with talent at quarterback.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham announced via Twitter that Kendal Thompson, a redshirt sophomore quarterback from the University of Oklahoma, will be transferring to the Utes after he graduates in May.

"We would like to officially welcome @Thurm405 to the Utah Football Family!" Whittingham (@UtahCoachWhitt) tweeted.

Brian Johnson leaving Utes to take job with Mississippi State

Posted Feb 10th - 3:10pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Only one word comes to mind when you think of Utah's offense over the past several years — inconsistent, not only for the on-field results, but the people on the sidelines wearing the headsets as well.

As the Utes prepare with yet another offensive coordinator for their upcoming 2014 campaign, they will be doing so without someone who has been in the Utah program all but one season since 2004.

Reports indicated late last week that Utah quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson will be leaving the Utes to take his coaching talents to Mississippi State.

Utah football releases 2014 schedule

Posted Jan 8th - 2:14pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2013 college football season just ended with the national championship game last Monday, but fans are already optimistically looking forward to what 2014 might bring for their favorite team.

Winter workouts are already underway for most teams, with spring football practices right around the corner.

How will the Utes fare in 2014? Only time will tell, but even the most optimistic fan has to be a little concerned when looking at the 2014 football schedule released Wednesday afternoon.

Travis Wilson sidelined with season-ending pre-existing condition

Posted Nov 18th - 11:08pm by Josh Furlong and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah starting quarterback Travis Wilson will miss the remainder of the season after doctors discovered a season-ending pre-existing health condition.

Wilson missed Saturday's game against Oregon after sustaining a concussion during the Arizona State game. Wilson had tests performed last week where doctors said he would miss the season after discovering a pre-existing condition.

"Through the concussion diagnosis process a preexisting problem was discovered," Whittingham said. "They proceeded to give him an angiogram to take a closer look. At that point they discovered there was a preexisting problem that needed to be addressed and continue to be monitored."

10 things to know about Utah vs. Arizona State

Posted Nov 8th - 11:36am by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Arizona State hasn't been kind to the University of Utah on the football field.

In two meetings since joining the Pac-12 conference, Utah has lost to the Sun Devils by an average score of 36-10.

But last night's Stanford win over Oregon raises some valid questions — just how good is Stanford? And just how good is Utah for beating them?

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