Utah Utes football under Bill Meek

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Bill Meek was the 10th professional head coach of the University of Utah Utes football team. His tenure lasted six seasons from 1968–1973, during which the Utes went 33–31 and made no bowl appearances.

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1968–1973)
1968 Utah 3–7 2–3 5th
1969 Utah 8–2 5–1 2nd
1970 Utah 6–4 4–2 3rd
1971 Utah 3–8 3–4 T - 4th
1972 Utah 6–5 5–2 T - 2nd
1973 Utah 7–5 4–2 3rd
Utah: 33–31 23–14
Total: 33–31
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


1968 season[edit]

1968 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1968 record 3–7 (2–3 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Defensive coordinator Jim LaRue[1]
Home stadium Ute Stadium (30,000)
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 21 at #14 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0–31   66,198
September 28 #18 Oregon State* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 21–28    
October 5 at Washington State* Rogers FieldPullman, WA W 17–14    
October 12 New Mexico Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) W 30–7    
October 19 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 9–20    
October 26 at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR L 6–14    
November 2 BYUdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) W 30–21    
November 9 at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 21–59    
November 16 Arizona Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 15–16    
November 23 at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 13–28    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Three players went in the 1969 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Louis Thomas Wide Receiver 3 57 Cincinnati Bengals
Norman McBride Linebacker 4 89 Miami Dolphins
Gary Kerl Linebacker 11 279 St. Louis Cardinals


1969 season[edit]

1969 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1969 record 8–2 (5–1 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Ute Stadium (30,000)
Seasons
« 1968 1970 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 20 Oregon* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 17–28  
September 27 San Jose State* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 42–7  
October 4 at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 24–6  
October 11 Arizona State* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 24–23  
October 18 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) W 24–0  
October 25 vs. Oregon State* Civic StadiumPortland, OR[4] W 7–3  
November 1 Utah State*dagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 27–7  
November 8 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 34–10  
November 15 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 16–17  
November 22 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) W 16–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Two players went in the 1970 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dave Smith Running Back 13 328 Green Bay Packers
Ray Groth Wide Receiver 14 345 St. Louis Cardinals


1970 season[edit]

1970 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1970 record 6–4 (4–2 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Ute Stadium (30,000)
Seasons
« 1969 1971 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 19 UTEP Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, UT W 44–20  
September 26 New Mexico Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) L 28–34  
October 3 Iowa State* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 13–16  
October 10 at Oregon State* Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR L 21–31  
October 17 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 20–16  
October 24 Arizonadagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 24–0  
October 31 at San Jose State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA W 13–9  
November 7 at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 17–0  
November 14 at #11 Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 14–37  
November 21 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) W 14–13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Three players went in the 1971 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Norm Thompson Defensive Back 1 17 St. Louis Cardinals
Billy Hunter Defensive Back 16 394 Buffalo Bills
Gordon Jolley Offensive Tackle 17 436 Detroit Lions


1971 season[edit]

1971 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1971 record 3–8 (3–4 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Ute Stadium (30,000)
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 18 at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR L 29–36  
September 25 #15 Arizona State Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 21–41  
October 2 Washington State* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 12–34  
October 9 at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 32–10  
October 16 Colorado State Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 42–16  
October 23 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 3–14  
October 30 Wyomingdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 16–29  
November 6 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) L 39–57  
November 13 Utah State* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 17–21  
November 20 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) W 17–15  
November 27 at #15 Houston* Jeppesen StadiumHouston, TX L 16–42  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

One player went in the 1972 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Marv Bateman Punter 3 78 Dallas Cowboys


1972 season[edit]

1972 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1972 record 6–5 (5–2 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Arizona State 5 1 0     10 2 0
BYU 5 2 0     7 4 0
Utah 5 2 0     6 5 0
Arizona 4 3 0     4 7 0
Wyoming 3 4 0     4 7 0
New Mexico 2 4 0     3 8 0
Colorado State 1 4 0     1 10 0
UTEP 1 6 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 16 at Texas Tech* Clifford B. and Audrey Jones StadiumLubbock, Texas L 2–45  
September 23 at Iowa State* Clyde Williams FieldAmes, Iowa L 22–44  
September 30 at Washington State* Martin StadiumPullman, Washington W 44–25  
October 7 UTEP Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 39–20  
October 14 at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona L 48–59  
October 21 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming W 27–6  
October 28 New Mexicodagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Bowl) W 59–14  
November 4 Arizona Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 28–27  
November 11 at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) L 16–44  
November 18 BYU Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Holy War) L 7–16  
November 25 Colorado State Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 62–36  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]


1973 season[edit]

1973 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1973 record 7–5 (4–2 WAC)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 15 at #20 Texas Tech* Clifford B. and Audrey Jones StadiumLubbock, Texas L 22–29  
September 22 UTEP Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 82–6  
September 29 at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, Oregon W 35–17  
October 6 at #16 UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California L 16–66  
October 13 Wyoming Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 50–16  
October 20 at San Jose State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, California W 28–21  
October 27 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona L 21–42  
November 3 #8 Arizona Statedagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 36–31  
November 10 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico (The Bowl) W 36–35  
November 17 Utah State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 31–28  
November 24 BYU Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Holy War) L 22–46  
December 1 at Hawaii* Honolulu StadiumHonolulu, Hawaii L 6–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 Utah Media Guide". University of Utah Athletics. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ "1968 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ute Record Book". University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  4. ^ "2009 Oregon State Football Media Guide". Oregon State University. p. 9. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. ^ "1969 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  6. ^ "1970 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ "1971 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  8. ^ "1972 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  9. ^ "1973 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-14.