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Re-watched the UDub game

Holy hell was that frustrating. A couple of my thoughts:

The 3rd drive of the game was what Utah’s offense should look like; A heavy dose of Moss, a few quick passes, and Huntley extending drives with his legs (on passing downs). We still need to put together some semblence of a down field passing game, but this offense shouldn’t rely on it with Huntley at QB. 

Nacua was pretty damn good in the 2nd quarter – he is the possession receiver for this offense. 

Not getting 3 pts to end the half was big – not sure about the decision for Huntely to throw into essentially double coverage – have to play smarter. 

The P12 needs to adopt the NBA model for reviews (especially targeting), where all reviews are done by a centralized officiating office off-site. I can accept the call on Blair (even if I don’t agree with it) because he did use part of the crown of his helmet, but the call against Fotu was f**king terrible (and absolutely changed the game).

Guidry played really well, Blackmon not so much.

2nd and short situations; either give the ball to Moss, or run play-action downfield. I can’t understand why Taylor has such a penchant for calling 7 yard outs when we get in these situations. 

I feel a bit better after re-watching this game – Utah isn’t as bad as they have looked, a lot of self inflicted issues! IMO, here is where the Utes need to improve to get back on track:

1) Stop turning the ball over! Hard to win many games when you are -6 in TO margin through 3 games.

2) Drops are killing drives (and part of this is due to Huntley rifling every pass) – catch the damn ball. Need better play from the WRs, especially guys like Mariner and Simpkins. 

3) Need someone to develop as teh deep ball threat. Not something we should be hucking up there every other play, but we NEED it to be a threat. 

4) We need a better balance on offense. We can’t run the ball 70 percent of the time like we have in the past, we have seen how that works out, even with great RBs like Booker and Williams. Taylor has taken the opposite approach – we just need to meet in the middle. 

5) Continued improvement from the Oline. Better effort against the Huskies, but more improvement needed. 


I just hope they get it figured out this weekend before it is too late. 

  • therealu

    One other note: I wish we got another chance at Browning. Dude isn’t that good, and my god is he a little bitch. 

    • AlohaUte

      We will

      • therealu

        Well played!

      • BattleGroundUte
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        You think they win the North? No way in hell I would put it as more likely than Utah winning the south at this point. Stanford and Oregon will hang L’s on them. 

  • ironman1315

    Is the defense as good as my memory wants me to believe?

    • therealu

      Run defense was just okay – Gaskins got to the 2nd level a lot, but they are legit. 

      • Chidojuan

        I wonder if this was a byproduct of trying to tweak the game plan to get to Browning. What do you think?

        • therealu

          We absolutely made an effort to pressure Browning. That is his MO; makes mistakes when he is pressured. However, there were still a few gap assignments that they missed, and LBs not getting off of blocks. Overall, Utah’s defense played a really solid game. 

          We won’t be able to do the same thing against Wazzu this weekend, their QB gets the ball out quick! Need a huge game from our front 4 to get pressure on the QB. 

          • Stone

            Hard to get sacks on Washington State. The QB does quick drops and passes. Can be done, but not easy.

            • Chidojuan

              The flip side is I’m not sure that SC has the best secondary. They’ve allowed a lot of passing TD’s. I like to think ours is better, we did pretty well against Browning, and while Minshew might be a better QB, I’m not sure if their receivers are better.

              • therealu

                I came away very impressed with Wazzu’s WRs after watching USC game. I think this is a game that Tyrone Smith could shine in matching up with their big WR Patmon. Their WR group has a good mix of size and speed, as well as a few good route runners like Sweet. HUGE test for our defense. 

        • chinngiskhaan

          I’d be inclined to agree with that if we hadn’t had problems with Gaskin in the past. He’s just a good running back, and he’s hard to stop in the backfield because you can’t even see where he is until you are past the offensive line.

          • BattleGroundUte

            Two holds on the edges sprung him. They called one late on Utah sooo not trying to whine about officiating still but they sucked.