2010 Utah Utes football team

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2010 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Mountain West Conference
Ranking
Coaches #23
2010 record 10–3 (7–1 MWC)
Head coach Kyle Whittingham (6th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Dave Schramm (2nd year)
Co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Matt Asiata
Captain Christian Cox
Captain Sealver Siliga
Captain Zane Taylor
Home stadium Rice–Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,017)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 TCU   8 0         13 0  
Utah   7 1         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         9 4  
San Diego State   5 3         9 4  
BYU   5 3         7 6  
Colorado State   2 6         3 9  
UNLV   2 6         2 11  
Wyoming   1 7         3 9  
New Mexico   1 7         1 11  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by sixth year head coach Kyle Whittingham and played their homes game in Rice–Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were members of the Mountain West Conference. 2010 was the Utes' final year in the Mountain West, as they will begin play in the Pac-12 in 2011.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Notes
September 2 6:30 PM #15 Pittsburgh* Rice–Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT Versus W 27–24 OT  45,730 [1][2]
September 11 2:00 PM UNLV #20 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT the mtn. W 38–10   45,102 [3][4]
September 18 6:00 PM at New Mexico #14 University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) the mtn. W 56–14   23,940 [5][6]
September 25 6:00 PM San Jose State*dagger #13 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 56–3   45,099 [7][8]
October 9 5:00 PM at Iowa State* #10 Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA FCS W 68–27   43,195 [9][10]
October 16 4:00 PM at Wyoming #11 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY the mtn. W 30–6   20,014 [11][12]
October 23 4:00 PM Colorado State #9 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT the mtn. W 59–6   45,029 [13][14]
October 30 5:30 PM at Air Force #8 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO CBSCS W 28–23   37,211 [15][16]
November 6 1:30 PM #4 TCU #6 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT CBSCS L 7–47   46,522 [17][18]
November 13 12:30 PM at Notre Dame* #15 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 3–28   80,795 [19]
November 20 8:00 PM at San Diego State #25 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA the mtn. W 38–34   34,951 [20]
November 27 1:30 PM BYU #23 Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Holy War) the mtn. W 17–16   45,272 [21]
December 22 6:00 PM vs. #10 Boise State* #20 Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV (Maaco Bowl Las Vegas) ESPN L 3–26   41,923 [22]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time Zone.

[23][24]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked in previous week.
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 Final
AP RV 20 14 13 13 10 11 9 8 6 15 25 23 21 20 RV
Coaches 24 20 14 13 12 10 10 9 7 6 15 24 22 21 19 23
Harris Not released 10 9 7 6 15 21 20 21 19
BCS Not released 9 8 5 14 23 20 20 19

Preseason[edit]

In the preseason Coaches' Poll, Utah was ranked No. 24 (tied). In the preseason AP Poll, Utah received votes, but not enough to make the top 25 list.[25] The Mountain West Conference media picked Utah to finish second in conference. TCU was the unanimous choice to finish first in conference and received all 31 votes for first place. BYU was picked to finish third and Air Force was picked to finish fourth.[26]

Recruiting[edit]

Rivals.com named Utah's 2010 recruiting class the best in the Mountain West Conference.[27] The complete list is available below:

Coaching changes[edit]

During the offseason, Kyle Whittingham made several changes to his coaching staff. J.D. Williams, the cornerback coach in 2008, left the team, leaving an open position on Whittingham's staff. Whittingham hired Brian Johnson, the 2009 Sugar Bowl MVP, as the new quarterback coach. Johnson replaced Dave Schramm as quarterback coach. Schramm will now be the tight end coach and the co-offensive coordinator. Aaron Roderick will join Schramm as co-offensive coordinator and will continue his duties as wide receiver coach. Jay Hill will replace Williams as cornerback coach.[28]

Preseason player awards[edit]

MWC All-Preseaon team[edit]

Utah had four players named to the Mountain West Conference's All-Preseason team. Three of the players are on the offense and one is on the defense. The players named are running back Eddie Wide, Caleb Schlauderaff and Zane Taylor from the Offensive line, and defensive back Brandon Burton.[29]

Watch lists[edit]

Two Utes were named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List: guard Caleb Schlauderaff and center Zane Taylor. The Football Writers Association of America votes on the Outland Trophy, which goes to college football's best interior lineman each year. The 2010 award winner will be announced on December 9, 2010.[30]

Cornerback Brandon Burton was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. The Jim Thorpe Association awards the Jim Thorpe Award each year to the player it votes as college football's best defensive back.[31]

Wide receiver Shaky Smithson was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The award, in its first year, will be awarded to the college player that it deems the most versatile.[32]

Placekicker Joe Phillips was named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List. The Lou Groza Award goes to the top placekicker in college football. It is named for Lou Groza who played 21 season in the NFL and graduated from Ohio State.[33]

Running back Eddie Wide was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award. The award goes to the nation's top running back.[34]

Pac-12[edit]

During the offseason, Utah successfully negotiated with the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) to join the conference for all conference sports.[35] Colorado also agreed to join the Pac-10, which increased the number of schools in the conference to 12.[36] Once Colorado and Utah officially joined the conference, the conference changed its name to the "Pacific-12 Conference" (Pac-12).[37] The Utes football team began playing in the Pac-12 during the 2011 season. Consequently, the 2010 season was the last season Utah played in the Mountain West Conference.

The formal announcement was made on June 17, 2010 in a ceremony at Rice–Eccles Stadium. The ceremony included Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill, University of Utah President Michael K. Young, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert, among other dignitaries.[35]

Game notes[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#15 Panthers 0 7 3 14 0 24
Utes 0 14 3 7 3 27

Utah leads series: 2 – 0 – 0[38]

Utah defeated Pittsburgh 27–24 in overtime on September 2. Placekicker Joe Phillips successfully kicked a 21-yard field goal to secure the victory. The game matched Utah, from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), against Pittsburgh, from the Big East Conference in the season's first game for both teams.[39] This was the second meeting between these two teams. The previous time they met was in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, a game Utah won 35–7 to complete Utah's 2004 undefeated season. Utah entered this game with a 17-game home winning streak and a 7–0 record against the teams that are currently in the Big East Conference.[1]

Pittsburgh scored first in the game after Shaky Smithson fumbled a punt on the 28-yard line to give Pittsburgh possession of the ball. Five plays later, Pittsburgh scored a touchdown when Dion Lewis rushed three yards for the score. On its next possession, Utah responded with an 11-play scoring drive. Wide receiver Jereme Brooks scored a touchdown with a 19-yard reception from Sophomore quarterback Jordan Wynn. Utah scored another touchdown before halftime to take a 14–7 lead on a 3-yard pass from Wynn to Brooks.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter to bring the score to 17–10. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh scored another field goal to narrow the score to 17–13. The Utes scored a touchdown on their next possession when Wynn completed a pass to DeVonte Christopher for a 61-yard scoring strike and a 24–13 lead with 7:59 remaining in regulation. Just 48 seconds later, the Panthers responded with a touchdown on a 44-yard pass from Tino Sunseri to Jon Baldwin. Pittsburgh then scored a two-point conversion off another pass from Sunseri to Baldwin, to narrow the score to 24–21. On Utah's ensuing possession, it was unable to use the rest of the remaining time. When Pittsburgh took over, it moved the ball to the 13-yard line. From there, Dan Hutchins kicked a 30-yard field goal with no time left in regulation to tie the game at 24–24.

In overtime, Pittsburgh took possession of the ball first. On the first overtime play from scrimmage, Safety Brian Blechen intercepted a Sunseri pass to end Pittsburgh's overtime possession. During Utah's possession, Utah ran 6 straight run plays to move the ball to the 4-yard line. From there Phillips hit the 21-yard field goal for the victory.[2][40][41] Utah won its first season opener against a team ranked in the AP Poll with the defeat of the No. 15 ranked Panthers.[42]

After the game, the MWC named two Utah players as its "Players of the Week". Sophomore wide receiver DeVonte Christopher was named the offensive player of the week. Christopher had 8 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 19.4 yards per reception. Freshman Brian Blechen was named defensive player of the week. In addition to his interception in overtime, Blechen had five tackles, including two solo tackles.[43]

UNLV[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 0 7 0 10
#20 Utes 3 14 14 7 38

Utah leads series: 14 – 2 – 0[38]

Utah entered the game with an 18-game home winning streak and a perfect record against UNLV in Salt Lake City. UNLV's two wins in the series were in 2007 and 1979.[3] During this September 11 game, the Utes continued their winning ways with a 38–10 defeat of the Rebels to push their home winning streak to 19 games and their record for the year to 2–0 (1–0 MWC). UNLV dropped to 0–2 (0–1 MWC) and has an 0–8 record against the Utes in Salt Lake City.

Backup quarterback Terrance Cain started the game for the Utes; starting quarterback Jordan Wynn sat the game out with a thumb injury. Cain had started 8 games during the 2009 season before being replaced by Wynn. Cain completed 13 of his 20 pass attempts during the game. He had two touchdowns, no interceptions, and threw for 207 yards total.[44]

After UNLV tied the game at 3–3, Utah responded with 21 straight points. Eddie Wide scored a touchdown on a 3-yard rush. Wide helped the team again with 37 seconds remaining in the half. On a Utah punt, wide forced a fumble and then was able to recover the ball on UNLV's 20-yard line. On the next play, Jereme Brooks caught a pass from Cain to take a 17-3 halftime lead.

Antoine "Shaky" Smithson had two touchdowns during the game, which was an improvement over his game against Pittsburgh in which he had two fumbles. His first touchdown was a 55-yard reception from Terrance Cain. His second touchdown was a 77-yard punt return. Both scores occurred during the third quarter.[4] After the game, the Mountain West Conference named Smithson as its special teams player of the week. He fielded a total of five punts for 128 yards or 25.6 yards per return.[45]


New Mexico[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Utes 7 14 28 7 56
Lobos 0 0 14 0 14

Utah leads series: 33 – 17 – 2[38]

Entering the game, Utah held a lead of 13–12–1 for games played in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Utah had won the last three meetings.[5] In this September 18 game, Utah defeated New Mexico 56–14 to improve to 3–0 (2–0 MWC). New Mexico dropped to 0–3 (0–1 MWC).[6]

Utah had three turnovers compared to New Mexico's one, but still managed to win decisively. Utah's first possession ended with a fumble by running back Eddie Wide. Utah's second possession almost had a similar end when running back Matt Asiata fumbled on the one-yard line, but the ball was recovered by Utah tight end Brad Clifford. Two plays later, Utah had the first score of the game when Asiata rushed for a one-yard touchdown.

One of New Mexico's two scores was on another Utah fumble. The first play from scrimmage after half time was a completed pass from Terrance Cain to receiver Luke Matthews. Matthews was hit by cornerback Anthony Hooks forcing the fumble. Safety A.J. Butler then returned the ball 27 yards for New Mexico's first score of the night, to narrow the game to 21–7. 40 seconds later, Utah responded with a 75-yard touchdown reception from Cain to Jereme Brooks. One minute after that, Utah linebacker Matt Martinez intercepted quarterback Tarean Austin's pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.[46]

For the second consecutive game, Antoine "Shaky" Smithson returned a punt for a touchdown. With 9:48 remaining in the third quarter, Smithson scored a touchdown off of a 73-yard punt return.[6] After the game, the MWC named Smithson as its Special Teams Player of the Week. Smithson returned a total of four punts for 140 yards or 35.0 yards per return. Cornerback Lamar Chapman was named as the MWC Defensive Player of the Week. Chapman had 8 tackles, including 7 solo tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and one sack.[47]

San Jose State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 3 0 0 0 3
#13 Utes 7 28 7 14 56

Utah leads series: 6 – 1 – 0[38]

On September 25, Utah defeated San Jose State to improve to 4–0 (2–0 MWC) and drop San Jose State to 1–3 (0–0 WAC).[8] Utah entered the game with a 19 games winning streak at home. This was the second time Utah played San Jose State as its homecoming opponent. The previous time, San Jose State won 24–6 in 1974.[7]

Jordan Wynn returned as Utah's starting quarterback after missing the two previous games with a thumb injury. He helped Utah have its largest margin of victory since a defeat of UTEP by the same score in 1997. Utah had no turnovers and one five-yard penalty during the game.

Utah scored on its first play from scrimmage when Reggie Dunn ran 43 yards for a touchdown on a reverse play. On the ensuing kickoff, Brandon Diver returned the ball 71 yards. Several plays later, the Spartans scored their only points of the game when Waid Harrison scored a 20-yard field goal.[48]

During the second quarter, Utah scored 4 touchdowns to take a 28–3 lead at the half. Two of the scores followed San Jose State punting mistakes. On 4th and 6 from their own 32-yard line, Spartan's quarterback Jordan La Secla punted the ball into the back of his own lineman. Reggie Topps returned the ball 10 yards for a touchdown. On San Jose's next possession, punter Jens Alvernik's punt was blocked by Mike Honeycutt. The ball went out-of-bounds at the San Jose State 24-yard line, for no net gain on the punt. Three plays later, Eddie Wide rushed 8 yards for a touchdown.

Utah scored three touchdowns during the second half to reach 56 points. Matt Asiata, Tauni Vakapauna, and Beau Burton, respectively, scored on rushing touchdowns.[8]

Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Utes 10 31 17 10 68
Cyclones 14 0 6 7 27

Utah trails series: 1 – 4 – 0[38]

In this October 9 game, Utah defeated Iowa State 68–27 to improve to 5–0 (2–0 MWC) and drop the Cyclones to 3–3 (1–1 Big 12).[10] Utah had 593 yards of total offense, 168 yards on kick returns, 156 yards on punt returns, and 109 yards on interception returns. Altogether, Utah amassed 1,026 yards.[49] The 68 points Utah scored was the most Iowa State had ever allowed at home.[50] Utah had a bye the week preceding the Iowa State game. Entering the game, Kyle Whittingham's teams were 5–0 in games following bye weeks. These two teams had met four time before, all in the 1970s. The teams met in 1970, 1972, 1975, and 1976 with Iowa State winning all four games.[9]

At the end of the first quarter, Iowa State led 14–10 after capitalizing on two Utah turnovers. Utah scored 31 points in the second quarter to take the lead for good in the game. Those scores came from a number of different Utes. Shaky Smithson took the ball on a reverse play and then threw a 53-yard touchdown to DeVonte Christopher. Matt Asiata and Eddie Wide scored on rushes of 1 yard and 2 yards, respectively. Smithson scored when he caught a 61-yard pass from quarterback Jordan Wynn. Cornerback Brandon Burton intercepted a pass from Austen Arnaud and returned the ball to the Iowa State 8-yard line. With only 1 second remaining before the half, Utah then immediately kicked a field goal; Joe Phillips successfully connected on a 25-yard attempt to give Utah 41–14 halftime lead.[51]

After halftime, another Phillips field goal pushed Utah's lead to 44–14. Iowa State then responded with a 4-play, 65-yard touchdown drive. Collin Franklin caught a 36-yard pass from Austen Arnaud to score the touchdown, but Utah blocked the extra point attempt. Utah scored on the ensuing kickoff when Reggie Dunn returned the kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown. Eddie Wide scored one more touchdown in the third quarter off of a 5-yard rush to make the score 58–20 entering the fourth quarter.

Joe Phillips scored one more field goal in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard attempt. Backup running back Sausan Shakerin scored Utah's last score to make the score 68–20. Iowa State responded with a touchdown drive for the final score of the evening. Iowa State's backup quarterback James Capello scored on a 19-yard rush.[52]

After the game, two Utah players were named as Mountain West Conference Players of the Week. Quarterback Jordan Wynn was named as Offensive Player of the Week. Wynn completed 23 of 31 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Shaky Smithson was named as Special Teams player of the Week. Smithson returned five punts for 145 yards and an average of 29.0 yards per punt return. Smithson had his longest punt return of the season with a 78 yard return to the 2-yard line. He also returned two kickoffs for 41 yards and had a 61-yard touchdown reception. Smithson had a total of 261 all purpose yards during the game.[53]

Wyoming[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Utes 7 16 7 0 30
Cowboys 0 0 0 6 6

Utah leads series: 51 – 31 – 1[38]

Utah defeated Wyoming on October 16 to improve to 6–0 (3–0 MWC). Wyoming dropped to 2–5 (0–3 MWC).[12] Entering the game, this was the longest running series Utah had played with an out of state school. It ranked as the third most played, behind Utah State and BYU.[11]

Utah won the game despite having three turnovers and having an extra point blocked while forcing no turnovers from Wyoming. All three turnovers were interceptions of quarterback Jordan Wynn. Wynn completed 16 out of 25 passes for 230 yards and had two touchdown passes.[54] The first touchdown pass game during the first quarter when Wynn connected with receiver Luke Matthews for a 45-yard reception. The second one was during the second quarter when DeVonte Christopher caught a 16-yard pass.[12]

While placekicker Joe Phillips had an extra point during the second quarter, he did make his only field goal attempt. Phillips connected on a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter to make the score 10–0. The kick was Phillips 17th consecutive successful field goal.[54]

Colorado State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 6 0 0 6
#9 Utes 7 17 21 14 59

Utah leads series: 55 – 22 – 2[38]

The Utes defeated the Rams 59–6, on October 23, to improve their record to 7–0 (4–0 MWC) and drop Colorado State to 2–6 (1–3 MWC).[14] Entering the game, Utah had a 20 game home winning streak. This was the 79th meeting of these two teams, which has been the fourth longest series for Utah.[13]

Utah gained 648 yards of offense, which was the fifth highest total in school history, as Utah won its 21st consecutive home game, a MWC record. The defense forced two turnovers during the second half to help extend Utah's 24–6 halftime lead. Utah did not allow any second half points and forced two Colorado State turnovers: in the third quarter, Derrick Shelby caused a fumble as he sacked quarterback Pete Thomas, and in the fourth quarter, Conroy Black intercepted a Thomas pass. Both turnovers lead to Utah touchdowns. The 53 point margin of victory, was Utah's largest over Colorado State since 1955.[55]

For his performance against Colorado State, the MWC named Jordan Wynn as a Co-offensive Player of the Week. Wynn completed 23 out of 29 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Wynn played less than three quarters of the game.[56]


Air Force[edit]

Cornerback Brandon Burton prevents Mikel Hunter from catching a pass.
1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Utes 7 7 14 0 28
Falcons 7 3 0 13 23

Utah trails series: 13 – 14 – 0[38]

Utah defeated Air Force 28–23 on October 30. The win improved Utah's record to 8–0 (5–0 MWC) and dropped Air Force to 5–4 (3–3 MWC).[16] Entering the game, Utah had won six of the last seven meetings with Air Force, despite trailing in the overall series. Air Force is the only Mountain West Conference team to have won the majority of its games against Utah.[15]

Utah's defense caused Air Force to commit five turnovers, which helped Utah to win the close game.[57] Utah relied heavily on its running game to defeat Air Force; the Utes rushed the ball 51 times for 179 yards, while only attempting 23 passes.[16] On the Utes' opening drive, they opened with seven consecutive runs by Matt Asiata, followed it with a 5-yard pass from Jordan Wynn to Jereme Brooks, and then finished the drive with five consecutive runs by Eddie Wide, including Wide's 1-yard touchdown run. The Utes took a 14–10 lead into halftime.[57]

Late in the third quarter, Utah seemed to take control of the game. Utah took a 21–10 lead with 4:25 remaining in the third, when Wynn completed a 36-yard pass to Luke Matthews. About a minute later, Brian Blechen intercepted a pass from Tim Jefferson and returned it to the Air Force 18-yard line. 6 plays later, Utah scored a touchdown to take a 28–10 lead. However, Air Force would keep Utah from scoring the rest of the game and scored two more touchdowns to make the game closer. Quarterback Tim Jefferson scored a touchdown off of a 59-yard run. Air Force prevented Utah from gaining a first down on Utah's ensuing possession, and 72 seconds later, Air Force scored another touchdown on its next play from scrimmage. Jefferson completed a 49-yard pass to Kyle Halderman, with 10:30 remaining in the game. However, both teams' defenses kept the other team from scoring the rest of the game and Utah was able to secure the win.[57]

After the game, the MWC named Safety Brian Blechen as its Defensive Player of the Week. Blechen had 9 tackles, of which 6 were solo tackles. One of the assisted tackles was for a loss. He also had one interception and one fumble recovery.[58]


TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Horned Frogs 20 3 14 10 47
#6 Utes 0 0 0 7 7

Utah leads series: 5 – 3 – 0[38]

Hands down, the best football team we've played since I've been at Utah,
 
— Kyle Whittingham[59]

TCU defeated Utah 47–7 on November 6 and took sole possession of first place in the MWC. TCU improved to 10–0 (6–0 MWC), and Utah dropped to 8–1 (5–1 MWC).[18] Utah had won all three games the two teams have played in Salt Lake City. In 2009 TCU beat No. 16 Utah 55–28 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The previous time these two teams met at Rice–Eccles Stadium, No. 10 Utah defeated No. 11 TCU 13–10.[17]

ESPN's College GameDay was at Rice–Eccles Stadium on the morning of November 6 to preview the days college matchups. Approximately 10,000 fans were present to watch the live airing of the show.[60]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Utes 3 0 0 0 3
Fighting Irish 7 7 14 0 28

Utah trails series: 0 – 1 – 0[38]

This was the first meeting ever between these two teams.[38]


San Diego State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Utes 3 21 0 14 38
Aztecs 14 13 7 0 34

Utah leads series: 17 – 12 – 1[38]

Entering the game, Utah had won the last four meetings against San Diego State, and was 7–6–1 for games played in San Diego.[38]


BYU[edit]

DeVonte Christopher catches a touchdown pass over Brian Logan; with the extra point Utah cut BYU's lead to 13–10.
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 3 7 3 16
#23 Utes 0 0 0 17 17

Utah leads series: 54 – 34 – 4[38]

This is the second longest series in Utah football history after the Utah–Utah State series. For games in Salt Lake City, Utah holds a lead of 35–17–3. Over the last 10 games, the teams have split the series 5–5.[38]


Maaco Bowl Las Vegas[edit]

Utah trails series: 2 – 5 – 0[38]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Utes 3 0 0 0 3
#10 Broncos 0 16 7 3 26

Utah accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 edition of the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. Utah's opponent was Boise State. Utah had been 2–0 in the Las Vegas Bowl.[61]

Roster[edit]

2010 Utah Utes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 87 Anderson, DresDres Anderson Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 4 Asiata, MattMatt Asiata (C) Sr
RB 34 Asiata, ShawnShawn Asiata Jr
OL 70 Bergstrom, TonyTony Bergstrom Jr
OL 74 Brenner, SamSam Brenner So
WR 85 Brooks, JeremeJereme Brooks Sr
OL 73 Bukarau, DanielDaniel Bukarau Sr
RB 38 Burton, BeauBeau Burton RFr
QB 7 Cain, TerranceTerrance Cain Sr
WR 10 Christopher, DeVonteDeVonte Christopher So
TE 84 Clifford, BradBrad Clifford Sr
OL 75 Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen Jr
WR 26 Deas, MitchellMitchell Deas Fr
WR 14 Dunn, ReggieReggie Dunn So
WR 83 Fitzgerald, SeanSean Fitzgerald RFr
WR 67 Gardner, JasonJason Gardner Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 15 Hyde, J.J.J.J. Hyde Fr
WR 19 Johnson, ChandlerChandler Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 64 Jones, VyncentVyncent Jones RFr
WR 17 Lee, MartaviousMartavious Lee Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 11 Matthews, LukeLuke Matthews So
WR 16 McNabb, GriffGriff McNabb RFr
WR 21 Mickles, DevinDevin Mickles Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 8 Moala, FatuFatu Moala RFr
TE 81 Moeai, KendrickKendrick Moeai So
WR 18 Morris-Edwards, TyronTyron Morris-Edwards Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 69 Palelei, PoʻuPoʻu Palelei So
TE Murphy, JakeJake Murphy Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 44 Radley, LuckyLucky Radley Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 88 Ransom, DexterDexter Ransom Jr
RB 29 Robinson, MychalMychal Robinson Jr
QB 12 Robles, GriffGriff Robles RFr
TE 89 Rogers, DallinDallin Rogers So
OL 56 Sai, KapuaKapua Sai RFr
OL 72 Schlauderaff, CalebCaleb Schlauderaff Sr
WR 2 Scott, KennethKenneth Scott Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 Shakerin, SausanSausan Shakerin So
WR 1 Smithson, ShakyShaky Smithson Sr
OL 66 Snow, MattMatt Snow So
OL 54 Stevens, TevitaTevita Stevens So
OL 79 Taumoelau, PercyPercy Taumoelau RFr
OL 77 Taylor, ZaneZane Taylor (C) Sr
OL 76 Tofaeono, JeremiahJeremiah Tofaeono RFr
TE 80 Tonga, WestleeWestlee Tonga Fr
OL 59 Tongaonevai, RonRon Tongaonevai So
QB 47 Toth, DavidDavid Toth Fr
OL 78 Tupouniua, SioneSione Tupouniua Fr
RB 24 Vakapuna, TauniTauni Vakapuna Jr
WR 20 Wade, ZachZach Wade Jr
OL 71 Watts, WalterWalter Watts Sr
RB 36 Wide, EddieEddie Wide Sr
RB Williams, KarlKarl Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 3 Wynn, JordanJordan Wynn So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 93 A'asa, NeliNeli A'asa Sr
LB Adams, KalenKalen Adams Fr
DT 91 Aiono, JamesJames Aiono Jr
LB 45 Andersen, BooBoo Andersen So
DB 35 Bird, GregGreg Bird Jr
DB 9 Black, ConroyConroy Black Jr
DB 2 Blechen, BrianBrian Blechen Fr
LB 48 Buck, TysonTyson Buck RFr
DB 27 Burton, BrandonBrandon Burton Jr
DB 21 Chapman, LamarLamar Chapman Sr
DB 19 Chappuis, QuadeQuade Chappuis RFr
DE 94 Cox, ChristianChristian Cox (C) Sr
LB 53 Dago, EricEric Dago RFr
DB 8 Diansongi, OlivierOlivier Diansongi Fr
LB 51 Fagergren, DaveDave Fagergren So
LB 7 Fehoko, V.J.V.J. Fehoko Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 23 Freeman, WykieWykie Freeman Fr
LB 42 Fotu, NaiNai Fotu Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 40 Hale, JacobyJacoby Hale Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 68 Heimuli, LatuLatu Heimuli RFr
DB 25 Honeycutt, MikeMike Honeycutt Fr
LB 41 King, JamelJamel King Jr
DT 44 Kruger, DaveDave Kruger So
DE 99 Kruger, JoeJoe Kruger Fr
DB 26 Lacy, RyanRyan Lacy So
DT 92 Lotulelei, StarStar Lotulelei So
DL 60 Makai, SemisiSemisi Makai Fr
LB 18 Manis, ChadChad Manis Sr
LB 52 Martinez, MattMatt Martinez Jr
DE 95 Mendivil, DarrianDarrian Mendivil Fr
LB Moala, MaxMax Moala Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 5 Payne, DamianDamian Payne Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 63 Pela, JoapeJoape Pela So
DB 82 Reese, TerrellTerrell Reese Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 49 Reilly, TrevorTrevor Reilly RFr
DE Rolf, DavidDavid Rolf Redshirt.svg Jr
LB Sciarretta, ChrisChris Sciarretta RFr
DE 90 Shelby, DerrickDerrick Shelby Jr
DT 98 Siliga, SealverSealver Siliga (C) Jr
CB 46 Smith, JamalJamal Smith RFr
DB 20 Smith, JosephJoseph Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 1 Soliven, BenBen Soliven So
DB 31 Spikes, VictorVictor Spikes So
DE 43 Talamaivao, LeiLei Talamaivao Jr
DB 33 Taplin-Ross, JustinJustin Taplin-Ross Sr
LB Taylor, AustinAustin Taylor Fr
DB 38 Tenifa, LoloLolo Tenifa Jr
DB 28 Topps, ReggieReggie Topps So
DE 96 Tuiʻone, JuniorJunior Tuiʻone Sr
DT 58 Tuipulotu, LTLT Tuipulotu RFr
LB 32 Walker, ChazChaz Walker Jr
DB 15 Walker, MichaelMichael Walker Fr
DB 37 Washington, ChrisChris Washington RFr
DB 34 Whittingham, TylerTyler Whittingham Jr
LB 13 Williams, J.J.J.J. Williams Jr
DB 6 Yancy, KamaronKamaron Yancy Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 62 Greene, PatrickPatrick Greene So
P 30 Marsh, NickNick Marsh RFr
K 39 Phillips, JoeJoe Phillips Sr
P 86 Sellwood, SeanSean Sellwood So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dave SchrammCo-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Aaron RoderickCo-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
  • Kalani SitakeDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Aaron Alford – Running Backs
  • Jay Hill – Special Teams/Cornerbacks
  • Brian JohnsonQuarterbacks
  • Blake Miller – Offensive Line
  • John PeaseAssistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
  • Morgan Scalley – Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 4, 2010

After the season[edit]

Awards[edit]

MWC Awards[edit]

Walter Camp All-Americans[edit]

Utah had two players named to the Walter Camp All-American team. Walter Camp is one of the selectors the NCAA recognizes to determine Consensus All-Americans.

  • Shaky Smithson – first team
  • Caleb Schlauderaff – second time[63]

NFL Draft[edit]

Utah had these players drafted during the 2011 NFL Draft:[64]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Brandon Burton Cornerback 5 139 Minnesota Vikings
Caleb Schlauderaff Guard 6 179 Green Bay Packers

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