University Of Utah Utes[A 51]
The University of Utah basketball team travels north to play against the Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks this week, and is in the midst of a three-game road trip to qualify for the 2020 Utes basketball season.
Utah has a mediocre record of 5-5 this season, while BYU is 8-2 and has already accepted an invitation to the Freedom Bowl. Utah goes into the game hoping to land a bowl game and spoil BYU's championship hopes. BYU goes into this game with a chance to play for a spot in the WACs championship, and Utah is hoping for its first win against a top-10 team in school history and a spot in a playoff game.
Utah will play the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans next week at Huntsman Center. The Bruins will take on the Utes on Saturday, January 7, with UCLA and Utah tipping off in front of a sold-out home crowd of 1,843 at 7: 30 p.m. CT.
Pac-12 Conference play was supposed to begin last week between Utah and UCLA, but both teams had to postpone the game because of concerns from Covid 19. The Utah Utes had 12 days between canceling the game and the start of their last game, which was canceled because of Covids' 19 complications. Utah fell behind in its first game against the Trojans, who opened the PAC 12 season with a double-digit home loss to Colorado.
The Utes struggled all season, finishing the season with a loss for the second time in three years and the first time since 2011. BYU's 2011 home game against Utah was the team's last game before Utah left the Pac-12 and BYU declared conference independence, making 2013 the team's last contest of 2016. Utah - BYU didn't play in 2013, which was a chance for both teams not to suffer defeat in all three years.
Utah began its early dominance over BYU with a 31-0 victory in the first game of the 1971 season, and a year later, Utah extended its rivalry winning streak to three games, a 34-17 win over BYU. The rivalry continued, with all but three wins, with Utah amassing the points of the 1971 season. BYU didn't play again in 2012 because it didn't have a team, but Utah did in 2013.
The fourth quarter began with Utah scoring a 40-yard field goal to cut the lead to 13-3, and Utah took advantage by taking advantage of a BYU fumble and tying the score at 13-10. The resulting momentum shift led to another Utah touchdown, as two touchdown runs by Armand Shyne gave Utah a 3-2 lead with 3: 02 left in regulation time. Utah secured a crucial first down at the end of the game to keep the clock running, even though BYU scored four unanswered touchdowns to cut the lead to 35-28.
On the ensuing drive, BYU DB Jenaro Gilford intercepted a pass and sealed the win. On the Utah sideline, receiver Steve Smith taunted BYU fans and yelled, "Even the BYU cheerleaders kick BYU in the butt." He yelled at BYU fan # 31, who was later banned from BYU's campus, ran down the sideline and kicked Priddis from behind. BYU running back Luke Staley rushed for a touchdown with 1: 16 left in the game and made it 24-21.
Utah cornerback Brandon Burton raced across the field to block the kick and secure Utah's 17-16 victory. The Utes are 3-5 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play, with a loss to Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. It was far from pretty, but UCLA's men's basketball relied on timely snipers to stay unbeaten. InPac- 12 play in the 72-70 win over Utah. The win puts the Buffs 4-2 overall, 2.5-1 in the Pac-12 and 1-1 in the conference play.
BYU would clinch a win in this series for the first time since 1942, when the Cougars shocked the Utes 12-7 in Utah. USC has lost to Utah in the past two seasons, to Salt Lake City in 2012 and to San Diego in 2013.
After the Cougar defense forced the Utes into a three-pointer - and - on Utah's next possession - BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was intercepted with just over 90 seconds left, which seemed to seal the victory for Utah. BYU then had to turn the ball over after an impressive fourth and a stop on the ground.
Taysom Hill gave BYU a 7-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Hill to second wide receiver D'Onta Foreman. BYU (6-5) is just one win away from its first BCS bowl appearance with a win over Utah. The last game for both Cougars head coaches came in 2012 against the Utes, where BYU won on a thrilling last-minute drive that ended with the touchdown with little time on the clock.