Runnin' Utes run all over Broncos

Utah Utes assistant coach Tommy Connor watches warm-ups near a patch and sweater remembering the recently deceased former Utes head coach Rick Majerus on an empty chair. - ouglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Utah now 6-1 on the season.

Rick Majerus would be proud.

In their first game since his passing, the Runnin' Utes played a great deal like some of the great Majerus teams of the 1990s. In a game they never trailed, Utah dominated an upstart Boise State team 76-55 - running their record to 6-2. It's the school's best start since the 2009 season.

Majerus was honored prior to the game during a short video, while his old chair, one he rarely sat in during games, was draped by his recognizable sweater. Tommy Connor, who played for, and coached along side, Majerus, was seen tearing up before the game.

Utah would then go on to easily defeat the surging Broncos, who, just last week, upset #11 ranked Creighton on the road. It was, without question, the best performance from a Runnin' Utes basketball team in four years and indicates that maybe things are turning around for the program that has been mired in mediocrity since Majerus resigned in 2004.

Utah has matched their win total from last year - when they finished 6-25. Now, trying to keep the magic alive, the Utes will travel down to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars.

Maybe Majerus can pull some strings from above on that one.

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