2004 Utah Utes football team

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2004 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
MWC Champions
Fiesta Bowl vs. Pittsburgh, W 35–7
Conference Mountain West Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #4
2004 record 12–0 (7–0 MWC)
Head coach Urban Meyer (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Spread option
Defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham (10th year)
Home stadium Rice–Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,017)
Seasons
« 2003 2005 »
2004 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Utah   7 0         12 0  
New Mexico   5 2         7 5  
BYU   4 3         5 6  
Wyoming   3 4         7 5  
Air Force   3 4         5 6  
Colorado State   3 4         4 7  
San Diego State   2 5         4 7  
UNLV   1 6         2 9  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
Utah Utes fans rush the field and carry the goalpost after defeating rival BYU, completing a perfect regular season, and becoming the first BCS Buster by clinching a spot in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl (hence the sombrero).

The 2004 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah in the college football season of 2004–2005. This team was the original 'BCS Buster', meaning, this was the first time that a team from a non-BCS conference was invited to play in one of the BCS bowl games. The team, coached by 2nd year head football coach Urban Meyer, played its home games in Rice–Eccles Stadium. Utah was one of three teams in the top-level Division I FBS to finish the season undefeated (the others being the USC Trojans and the Auburn Tigers, the former of which are now conference rivals of Utah in the Pacific-12 Conference).

Utah was the highest-ranked non-BCS team in each poll every week of the season (with their ranking changing several times).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 5:30 PM Texas A&M* #19 Rice–Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT ESPN W 41–21   45,419
September 11 8:00 PM at Arizona* #16 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ KJZZ W 23–6   52,790
September 18 5:00 PM at Utah State* #14 Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) KJZZ W 48–6   24,750
September 25 1:00 PM Air Forcedagger #14 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT ESPN+ W 49–35   44,043
October 1 6:00 PM at New Mexico #14 University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM ESPN2 W 28–7   40,182
October 16 8:00 PM North Carolina* #10 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 46–16   45,319
October 23 5:00 PM UNLV #10 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 63–28   40,341
October 30 7:00 PM at San Diego State #10 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA KJZZ W 51–28   32,683
November 6 7:45 PM Colorado State #8 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT ESPN2 W 63–31   44,222
November 13 5:00 PM at Wyoming #8 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY ABC W 45–28   17,074
November 20 5:00 PM BYU #6 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) ESPN2 W 52–21   45,326
January 1 6:30 PM vs. #20 Pittsburgh* #6 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) ABC W 35–7   73,519
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time Zone.

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 20 20 17 15 14 14 11 11 9 9 7 7 5 5 5 5 4
Coaches 21 19 16 14 14 14 11 10 10 10 8 8 6 6 6 6 5
BCS Not released 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6

Game notes[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 7 0 14 21
#20 Utes 7 20 7 7 41


Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Utes 17 0 6 0 23
Wildcats 3 3 0 0 6


Utah State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Utes 20 21 7 0 48
Aggies 0 0 6 0 6


Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 7 14 7 35
#14 Utes 0 21 14 14 49


New Mexico[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Utes 7 0 14 7 28
Lobos 7 0 0 0 7


North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 3 6 0 16
#11 Utes 10 20 7 9 46


UNLV[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 7 7 7 28
#9 Utes 28 14 21 0 63


San Diego State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Utes 10 24 7 10 51
Aztecs 0 21 0 7 28


Colorado State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 0 21 31
#7 Utes 21 21 14 7 63


Wyoming[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Utes 17 14 14 0 45
Cowbys 7 0 7 14 28


BYU[edit]

BYU at #5 Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 14 7 0 21
Utah 7 14 17 14 52


Fiesta Bowl: Utah vs. Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Panthers 0 0 7 0 7
#5 Utes 7 7 21 0 35
Main article: 2005 Fiesta Bowl
2005 Fiesta Bowl


Depth chart[edit]

Defensive Starters
[1]
FS
Morgan Scalley
Antonio Young
OLB MLB OLB
Spencer Toone Tommy Hackenbruck Corey Dodds
Kyle Brady Taylor Miller Malakai Mokofisi
Grady Marshall
SS
Eric Weddle
Casey Evans
CB
Ryan Smith
Eugene Oates
DE NT T LE
Marques Ledbetter Sione Pouha Steve Fifita Jonathan Fanene
Martail Burnett Tevita Kemoeatu Tevita Kemoeatu Reza Williams
Kite Afeaki Kite Afeaki
CB
Bo Nagahi
Eugene Oates
Offensive Starters
[1]
WR
Steve Savoy
Derrek Richards
LT LG C RG RT
Tavo Tupola David Dirkmaat Jesse Boone Chris Kemoeatu Makai Aalona
Jason Voss Eric Pettit Andrew Johnson Kyle Gunther David Dirkmaat
Steve Dahl Jason Boone
TE
Blake Burdette
Willie Sao
WR
Travis LaTendresse
Thomas Huff
WR
Paris Warren
Jerome Wright
WR
John Madsen
Jerome Wright
QB
Alex Smith
Brian Johnson
Fano Tagovailoa


RB
Marty Johnson
Quinton Ganther

Season Statistics[edit]

2004 Official Stats

Team[edit]

Utah Opp
Scoring 544 234
  Points per Game 45.3 19.5
First Downs 305 220
  Rushing 145 90
  Passing 136 103
  Penalty 24 27
Rushing yards 2833 1682
  Avg per play 5.4 3.8
  Avg per game 236.1 140.2
  Rushing touchdowns 36 19
Passing yards 3164 2439
  Att-Comp-Int 344-232-5 372-196-16
  Avg per pass 9.2 6.6
  Avg per catch 13.6 12.4
  Avg per game 263.7 203.2
  Passing touchdowns 33 11
Total Offense 5997 4121
  Avg per Play 6.9 5.1
  Avg per Game 499.8 343.2
Fumbles-Lost 22-9 19-13
Penalties-Yards 88-765 80-693
  Avg per Game 63.8 57.8
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 45-1878 70-2727
  Avg per Punt 41.7 39.0
Time of Possession/Game 31:14 28:46
3rd Down Conversions 80-153 62-177
4th Down Conversions 9-17 15-25
Touchdowns Scored 75 32
Field Goals-Attempts 7-7 4-11
PAT-Attempts 71-75 30-30
Attendance 264670 167479
  Games/Avg per Game 6-44112 5-33496
  Neutral Site 1-73519

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Individual Leaders[edit]

Passing
Player COMP ATT Pct. YDS TD INT QB Rating
Alex Smith 214 317 .675 2952 32 4 176.52
Brian Johnson 14 21 .667 142 1 1 129.66
Fan Tagovailoa 2 2 1.000 24 - - 305.80
Paris Warren 1 2 .500 21 - - 138.20


Rushing
Player ATT YDS YPC TD
Marty Johnson 165 802 4.9 14
Quinton Ganther 109 654 6.0 2
Alex Smith 135 631 4.7 10
Steve Savoy 22 307 14.0 6
Paris Warren 28 157 5.6 2
Brian Johnson 21 92 4.4 1


Receiving
Player REC YDS YPR TD
Paris Warren 80 1076 13.4 12
Steve Savoy 67 961 14.3 11
Travis Latendresse 27 411 15.2 2
John Madsen 27 377 14.0 5
Quinton Ganther 7 49 7.0 1
Marty Johnson 7 46 6.6 1
Jerome Wright 5 64 12.8 1


Tackles
Player Solo Asst Total TFL Sacks
Spencer Toone 40 75 115 4 1
Tommy Hackenbruck 46 45 91 9.5 4.5
Eric Weddle 47 28 75 4.5 1
Morgan Scalley 27 24 51 2.5 2.5
Marquess Ledbetter 15 31 46 9 4.5
Steve Fifita 23 22 45 9 4.5
Ryan Smith 26 18 44 3 2
Bo Nagahi 31 11 42 2.5 0
Corey Dodds 10 27 37 4 2
Sione Pouha 16 20 36 3 2
Jonathan Fanene 12 10 22 5.5 3


Pass defense
Player INT YDS Broken up
Morgan Scalley 6 79 2
Eric Weddle 4 34 5
Jonathan Fanene 1 76 1
Corey Dodds 1 26 1
Ryan Smith 1 0 7
Sione Pouha 1 0 4
Steve Fifita 1 6 2

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After the season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Utah had five players taken in the 2005 NFL Draft:[3]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Alex Smith Quarterback 1 1 San Francisco 49ers
Sione Pouha Defensive tackle 3 88 New York Jets
Chris Kemoeatu Offensive guard 6 204 Pittsburgh Steelers
Paris Warren Wide receiver 7 225 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jonathan Fanene Defensive end 7 233 Cincinnati Bengals

Awards[edit]

National[edit]

Conference[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2004 Season Year in Review". Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Ute Record Book". University of Utah. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ "NFL Draft History 2005". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 

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