Utah Utes football under Jack Curtice

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Cactus Jack Jack Curtice was the seventh professional head coach of the Utah Utes football team. The Utes represent the University of Utah for intercollegiate football games. He was the head coach from 1950 until the end of the 1957 season. Curtice compiled a 45–32–4 record (.580) during his eight years as head coach at Utah and had a record of 32–9–2 (.767) in conference play. He won four conference championships in the Skyline Conference.

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Utah Utes (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1950–1957)
1950 Utah 3–4–3 1–2–2 4th
1951 Utah 7–4 4–1 1st
1952 Utah 6–3–1 5–0 1st
1953 Utah 8–2 5–0 1st
1954 Utah 4–7 3–3 T–4th
1955 Utah 6–3 4–1 2nd
1956 Utah 5–5 5–1 2nd
1957 Utah 6–4 5–1 1st
Utah: 45–32–4 32–9–2
Total: 45–32–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


1950[edit]

1950 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Skyline Conference
1950 record 3–4–3 (1–2–2 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23 vs. Idaho* Old Bronco Stadium[1]Boise, Idaho L 19–26  
September 30 Arizona* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 27–14  
October 7 at BYU Old Cougar StadiumProvo, Utah (The Holy War) T 28–28  
October 13 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado T 14–14  
October 21 Wyomingdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City L 13–53  
October 28 Colorado* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) T 20–20  
November 4 Kansas* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 26–39  
November 11 at Colorado A&M Colorado FieldFort Collins, Colorado L 7–32  
November 23 Utah A.C. Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 46–0  
December 16 at Hawaii* Honolulu StadiumHonolulu, Hawaii W 40–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had one player selected in the 1951 NFL Draft.[4]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dave Cunningham Back 23 275 New York Yanks

1951[edit]

1951 Utah Utes football
Skyline Conference Champions
Conference Skyline Conference
1951 record 7–4 (4–1 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 15 Montana State* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 55–6  
September 22 at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona W 27–7  
September 29 at Oregon State* Bell FieldCorvallis, Oregon L 28–61  
October 6 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 7–6  
October 13 at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas L 7–26  
October 20 Denverdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 17–14  
October 27 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 0–13  
November 3 at Utah A.C. Old Romney StadiumLogan, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 28–20  
November 10 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 0–54  
November 17 Colorado A&M Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 27–21  
November 22 Idaho* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 40–19  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had two players selected in the 1952 NFL Draft.[6]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Wes Gardner Center 7 82 Detroit Lions
Tom Dublinski Quarterback 8 93 Detroit Lions

1952[edit]

1952 Utah Utes football
Skyline Conference Champions
Conference Skyline Conference
1952 record 6–3–1 (5–0 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20 Oregon State* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah L 7–14  
September 27 vs. Idaho* Old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho T 21–21  
October 4 Arizona* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 0–27  
October 11 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 34–6  
October 18 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado W 35–0  
October 25 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming W 27–21  
October 1 Colorado*dagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 14–20  
November 8 at Colorado A&M Colorado FieldFort Collins, Colorado W 14–6  
November 15 at Santa Clara* Hughes Memorial Stadium[7]Sacramento, California W 16–13  
November 27 Utah A.C. Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 20–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had three players selected in the 1953 NFL Draft.[9]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ray Westort Guard 13 153 Philadelphia Eagles
George Bean Back 17 203 Cleveland Browns
Joe Curtis End 21 244 Chicago Cardinals

1953[edit]

Utah played its first nationally televised game in the final game of the season in 1953. NBC broadcast 12 games during the season, which makes the BYU–Utah game played on Thanksgiving Day among the first nationally broadcast college football games. The previous week Utah had already clinched the Skyline Conference championship. BYU had only one two games that year. Consequently, Utah was favored to win the game. BYU played tough, though, and Utah ended up winning by one point, 33–32.[10]

1953 Utah Utes football
Skyline Conference Champions
Conference Skyline Conference
1953 record 8–2 (5–0 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 19 at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona W 28–7  
September 26 Idaho* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 21–0  
October 3 Hawaii* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 47–24  
October 10 at Utah A.C. Old Romney StadiumLogan, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 33–13  
October 17 Denver Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 40–6  
October 24 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 13–12  
October 31 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington L 14–21  
November 7 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 0–21  
November 14 Colorado A&Mdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 35–14  
November 26 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) NBC W 33–32  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had four players selected in the 1954 NFL Draft.[12]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jack Cross Back 7 85 Detroit Lions
Charlie Grant Center 16 189 Philadelphia Eagles
Don Rydalch Back 19 223 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jim Durrant Guard 20 241 Detroit Lions

1954[edit]

1954 Utah Utes football
Conference Skyline Conference
1954 record 4–7 (3–3 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 18 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington L 6–7  
September 25 Arizona* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah L 20–54  
October 2 at Oregon* Hayward FieldEugene, Oregon W 7–6  
October 9 at BYU Old Cougar StadiumProvo, Utah (The Holy War) W 12–7  
October 16 Denver Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 20–28  
October 23 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming W 14–7  
October 30 Idaho*dagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 13–14  
November 6 at Colorado A&M Colorado FieldFort Collins, Colorado L 13–14  
November 13 Colorado* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 7–20  
November 20 at Montana Old Dornblaser FieldMissoula, Montana W 41–20  
November 25 Utah A.C. Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) L 19–35  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had two players selected in the 1955 NFL Draft.[14]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Don Henderson Offensive and Defensive Tackle 13 156 Detroit Lions
Max Pierce Back 24 278 Chicago Cardinals

1955[edit]

1955 Utah Utes football
Conference Skyline Conference
1955 record 6–3 (4–1 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
1955 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado A&M 6 1 0     8 2 0
Utah 6 3 0     4 1 0
Denver 8 2 0     5 2 0
Wyoming 8 3 0     5 2 0
Utah A.C. 4 6 0     3 4 0
Montana 3 7 0     2 4 0
New Mexico 2 8 0     1 5 0
BYU 1 9 0     0 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll


Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 17 Oregon* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah L 13–14  
September 24 vs. Idaho* Old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho W 20–13  
October 1 at Missouri* Memorial StadiumColumbia, Missouri W 20–14  
October 8 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 41–9  
October 14 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado W 27–7  
October 22 Wyomingdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 13–23  
November 5 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 7–37  
November 12 Colorado A&M Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 27–6  
November 24 Utah A.C. Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 14–13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had two players selected in the 1956 NFL Draft.[16]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Herb Nakken Back 5 53 Los Angeles Rams
Jack Kammerman End 26 313 Cleveland Browns

1956[edit]

1956 Utah Utes football
Conference Skyline Conference
1956 record 5–5 (5–1 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21 at #17 UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California L 7–13  
September 29 Montana Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 26–6  
October 5 at BYU Old Cougar StadiumProvo, Utah (The Holy War) W 41–6  
October 13 Denver Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 27–13  
October 20 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming L 20–30  
October 27 Idaho*dagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L 21–27  
November 3 at Rice* Rice StadiumHouston, Texas L 0–27  
November 10 at Colorado A&M Colorado FieldFort Collins, Colorado W 49–27  
November 17 Colorado* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 7–21  
November 22 Utah A.C. Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 29–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

[2][17]

After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah did not have any players selected in the 1957 NFL Draft.[18]

1957[edit]

1957 Utah Utes football
Skyline Conference Champions
Conference Skyline Conference
1957 record 6–4 (5–1 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21 Montana Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 32–13  
September 28 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 24–30  
October 5 vs. Idaho* Old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho L 6–21  
October 12 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 27–0  
October 19 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado L 7–12  
October 26 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 23–15  
November 3 Colorado Statedagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 55–0  
November 9 at #8 Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 33–39  
November 16 Air Force* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 34–0  
November 28 Utah State Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 21–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had three players selected in the 1958 NFL Draft.[20]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Merrill Douglas Fullback 6 65 Chicago Bears
Everett Jones Guard 21 247 Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Fields Back 23 275 San Francisco 49ers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hack Miller. "Utes, Vandals Primed for Saturday Game". Deseret News. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "2010 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletics. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1950". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ "1951 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1951". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  6. ^ "1952 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  7. ^ Hack Miller. "Utes Point for Aggies After Breaking Broncos". Deseret News. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1952". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ "1953 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  10. ^ Hinckley, Shane (2010). University of Utah Football Vault : The History of the Utes. Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, LLC. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-7948-2797-7. 
  11. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1953". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  12. ^ "1954 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  13. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1954". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  14. ^ "1955 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  15. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1955". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  16. ^ "1956 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  17. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1956". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  18. ^ "1957 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  19. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1957". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  20. ^ "1958 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09.