A win changes the entire landscape of a season, especially when it comes against the 11th ranked team in the nation. A happier Whittingham discussed Utah's victory and looked ahead to UNLV in his weekly press conference
Offensively, take your pick of several guys who did a nice job for us. Tommy Grady, Darrell Mack, who was the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Offensive line as a whole did an outstanding job. The unsung hero was Caleb Schlauderaff. A redshirt freshman guard, he had to step in when when (starting left guard) injured and ankle and had to come out. Caleb played rest of the way and had an outstanding performance in his first significant playing time.
Solid is putting it lightly, more like amazing. 44-6 is complete domination and hopefully it rolls over into this week.
I think Utah had such an impact defensively because their offense stepped up and gave the defense rest. The offensive line also performed great and I'm glad Utah found a running game.
This was probably the best defensive performance I've seen from Utah since their win in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. Now they just need to keep it up against UNLV.
Fans were great, though it was funny seeing the crowd grow in the second half. I guess people saw how the game was going and quickly bolted down to the stadium. Even UCLA said the stadium noise was an issue and caused some problem on offense.
Just what I want to hear. UCLA happened last week, it's now time to focus on UNLV. Utah loses Saturday and no one will care about the Bruins. Though I question Whittingham's statement on how they had a good game against Hawaii. Unless you consider losing 49-14 a good game. Though the Rebels did play Wisconsin tough, but so did the Citadel, not really sure what the hell that means.
I expect to see all three of Utah's quarterbacks Saturday night, with Grady pegged the starter. I'm not sure UNLV knows what's about to hit them.
On Corbin Louks:
It will be interesting to see what they do with Louks. He definitely adds some diversity to this offense and will throw in a few wrinkles.
Defensively, Beau Bell is the heart and soul of their defense. He gives them a tremendous advantage. He's all over the place. You have to be very aware of where he's lining up, he always makes an impact.
UNLV's offense has struggled this season, only scoring 50 points in their first three games. That's an average of 17 PPG and I think they're going to need more than that to beat Utah.
Whittingham seems cautiously optimistic and hopefully the players aren't overlooking the Rebels. UNLV can make this a game and if they do, it could turn ugly quickly. But I think Utah has too much power on both sides of the ball and that should be enough to propel them to victory.