Thinking back on the game I'm note quite sure how the Utes hung in there. Give credit to a determined group of young men that know just what a special moment this game was for the Utes. Some special efforts that provided key turn overs in our favor by the D, hard nose running and determination by the small but fierce John White IV, and receivers that worked very hard to salvage the poor passes of Jordan Wynn.
Wynn seems to have a huge lack of confidence in his arm and continues to choose the check down routes to receivers that are well covered, floats passes and sets up our receivers for horrendus hits or impossible catches, or just won't throw the ball and takes a huge sack. Some of his throws looked like a fat goose that had just been shot and was tumbling to the ground. I give Norm Chow credit for his calls that some how managed to keep us in the game. He must have really been scratching his head trying to figure out what to call when his QB isn't functioning well. We know Jordan can be better, we've seen it. He's just never been the same since the loss to Notre Dame
I say we're not quite there yet, because it's clear that it's going to take a few years of strong recruiting to get the size, speed, and QB we need to keep up with the strong PAC-12 and other leading BCS teams. I hand it to our determined Utes who never gave up and gave it everything they had while facing an opponent that was bigger, faster, and just a little more talented and deep.
Utah Utes maintained their reputation of being a team that can compete on any field on any given day. Despite the disadvantages, the tragedy that affected the team this past week, and being on the road in one of the most wicked venues for visiting teams they held their ground, kept the game exciting, and darn near put the game into overtime.
The Utes can certainly hold their heads high! They're a team full of talented players with a ton of heart and great coaching which is going to serve them well as they continue their journey with the PAC-12 and BCS.
Fans don't need to be too concerned yet. The Utes still hold their own destiny in the the PAC-12 South, and while ASU looks strong the rest of the south looks beatable as of now. I hate that we have to wait 2 weeks for a home game as we could really use one, but that's the life of the BCS conference teams. BYU looks beatable too, but tough as always! The Utes will need to hold their heads high and just continue to bring their game week in and week out and they'll be fine.
I'm proud of the team and their efforts thus far. They continue to improve and impress. I see good or great things this year and certainly great to excellent things for this outstanding team in the future.