Utah Utes football under Wayne Howard

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Wayne Howard was the 12th professional head coach of the University of Utah Utes football team. His tenure lasted five seasons from 1977–1981, during which the Utes went 30–24–2 and made no bowl appearances.

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1977–1981)
1977 Utah 3–8 2–5 7th
1978 Utah 8–3 4–2 2nd
1979 Utah 6–6 5–2 2nd
1980 Utah 5–5–1 2–3–1 7th
1981 Utah 8–2–1 4–1–1 4th
Utah: 30–24–2 17–13–2
Total: 30–24–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


1977 season[edit]

1977 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1977 record 3–8 (2–5 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Howard
Offensive coordinator Ron McBride[1]
Defensive coordinator Tom Gadd[1]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 1:30 PM at #5 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 24–62   71,184[2]
September 24 7:30 PM #19 Houston* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 16–34   26,232[2]
October 1 1:30 PM at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO L 3–44   23,401[2]
October 8 7:30 PM Wyoming Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 23–13   26,428[2]
October 15 1:30 PM Utah State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 20–0   25,438[2]
October 22 8:30 PM at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 17–45   43,500[2]
October 29 1:30 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 19–47   16,528[2]
November 5 1:30 PM at #14 BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) L 8–38   33,828[2]
November 12 1:30 PM UTEPdagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 29–12   18,122[2]
November 19 12:00 PM at Florida* Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 29–38   56,055[2]
November 26 7:30 PM at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) L 24–41   8,296[2]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Utah State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State 0 0 0 0 0
Utah 0 3 9 8 20

Utah recorded its first shutout in seven years.[5]


After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

No players went in the 1978 NFL Draft.


1978 season[edit]

1978 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1978 record 8–3 (4–2 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Howard
Offensive coordinator Ron McBride[6]
Defensive coordinator Tom Gadd[6]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 7:30 PM Idaho State* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT W 56–0   25,822[7]
September 23 6:30 PM at Houston* AstrodomeHouston, TX L 25–42   30,004[7]
September 30 7:30 PM Colorado State Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 30–6   27,821[7]
October 7 12:00 PM at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 13–9   51,170[7]
October 14 7:30 PM Weber State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 30–7   23,458[7]
October 21 1:30 PM at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 21–34   20,758[7]
November 4 1:30 PM New Mexicodagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) L 12–24   24,182[7]
November 11 7:30 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 38–0   12,300[7]
November 18 1:30 PM BYU Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) W 23–22   29,326[7]
November 25 1:30 PM at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 23–20   16,509[7]
December 2 7:00 PM at San Diego State San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA W 20–18   30,899[7]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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Game notes[edit]

BYU[edit]

BYU at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 10 6 6 0 22
Utah 0 0 7 16 23


After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

One player went in the 1979 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Rick Partridge Punter 8 208 Green Bay Packers


1979 season[edit]

1979 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1979 record 6–6 (5–2 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Howard
Offensive coordinator Ron McBride[9]
Defensive coordinator Tom Gadd[9]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:30 PM Long Beach State* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT W 34–10   26,238[10]
September 8 11:30 PM at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 27–23   41,511[10]
September 15 2:30 PM at #14 Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 7–41   49,416[10]
September 22 5:30 PM at Tennessee* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 18–51   85,783[10]
September 29 7:30 PM Utah State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 21–47   31,108[10]
October 6 1:30 PM at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 21–16   27,257[10]
October 13 7:30 PM Wyoming Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 24–14   25,258[10]
October 20 7:30 PM at UNLV* Las Vegas Silver BowlParadise, NV L 41–43   24,782[10]
October 27 1:30 PM San Diego State Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 13–17   22,196[10]
November 3 4:00 PM at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) W 26–7   19,093[10]
November 10 1:30 PM UTEPdagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 35–0   25,016[10]
November 17 1:30 PM at #10 BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) L 0–27   40,236[10]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

[4][11]

After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

One player went in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Lewis Walker Running Back 10 268 Washington Redskins


1980 season[edit]

1980 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1980 record 5–5–1 (2–3–1 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Howard
Offensive coordinator Ron McBride[12]
Defensive coordinator Tom Gadd[12]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 7:30 PM Boise State* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 7–28   27,231[13]
September 13 12:30 PM at #8 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 9–55   75,526[13]
September 20 7:30 PM UNLV* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 45–29   23,645[13]
September 27 7:30 PM Fresno State Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 27–12   25,645[13]
October 4 1:30 PM at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 23–19   20,166[13]
October 11 7:30 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 31–17   19,700[13]
October 18 1:30 PM at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 21–24   5,515[13]
October 25 1:30 PM Colorado Statedagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT T 21–21   23,562[13]
November 8 1:30 PM New Mexico Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) W 49–21   21,248[13]
November 22 1:30 PM #13 BYU Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) L 6–56   30,520[13]
November 29 8:30 PM at San Diego State* San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA L 20–21   18,050[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 1981 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Dean Miraldi Guard 2 55 Philadelphia Eagles
Jeff Griffin Defensive back 3 61 St. Louis Cardinals
Steve Folsom Tight end 10 261 Miami Dolphins


1981 season[edit]

1981 Utah Utes football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1981 record 8–2–1 (4–1–1 WAC)
Head coach Wayne Howard
Offensive coordinator Ron McBride[15]
Defensive coordinator Tom Gadd[15]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 7:30 PM Utah State* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) W 10–0   29,010[16]
September 12 8:30 PM at #20 Arizona State* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 10–52   64,558[16]
September 19 7:30 PM Portland State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 46–0   24,122[16]
September 26 12:00 PM at Northwestern* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 42–0   25,256[16]
October 2 7:30 PM UTEP Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 38–10   26,851[16]
October 17 1:30 PM at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO W 24–13   15,933[16]
October 24 8:30 PM at UNLV* Las Vegas Silver BowlParadise, NV W 69–28   27,883[16]
October 31 1:30 PM San Diego Statedagger Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 17–14   28,513[16]
November 7 7:00 PM at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) ABC T 7–7   14,420[16]
November 14 1:30 PM Wyoming Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 30–27   28,206[16]
November 21 1:30 PM at #18 BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) L 28–56   47,163[16]
*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]

Five players went in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Darryl Haley Offensive Tackle 2 55 New England Patriots
Del Rodgers Running Back 3 71 Green Bay Packers
Jack Campbell Offensive Tackle 6 144 Seattle Seahawks
Steve Clark Defensive End 9 239 Miami Dolphins
Wayne Jones Offensive Tackle 10 276 Miami Dolphins

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1977 Utah Football Media Guide: Coaching Staff". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1978 Media Guide". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ "1977 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ute Record Book". University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  5. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Oct 15.
  6. ^ a b "1979 Utah Football Media Guide: Coaching Staff". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1979 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  8. ^ "1978 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  9. ^ a b "1979 Utah Football Media Guide: Coaching Staff". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1980 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  11. ^ "1979 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  12. ^ a b "1980 Utah Football Media Guide: Coaching Staff". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1981 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  14. ^ "1980 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  15. ^ a b "1981 Utah Football Media Guide: Coaching Staff". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1982 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletic Department. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  17. ^ "1981 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-09-28.