2011 Utah Utes football team

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2011 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 30–27 OT vs. Georgia Tech
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division South Division
2011 record 8–5 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coach Kyle Whittingham (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake (3rd year)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Tony Bergstrom
Star Lotulelei
Matt Martinez
Luke Matthews
Chaz Walker
Jordan Wynn
Home stadium Rice–Eccles Stadium
(Capacity: 45,017)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
#4 Oregon xy$   8 1         12 2  
#7 Stanford x%   8 1         11 2  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
California   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   3 6         3 9  
Washington State   2 7         4 8  
South Division
#6 USC *   7 2         10 2  
UCLA xy   5 4         6 8  
Utah   4 5         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   2 7         4 8  
Colorado   2 7         3 10  
Championship: Oregon 49, UCLA 31
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • * – USC ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by seventh year head coach Kyle Whittingham and played their home games in Rice–Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. After playing the previous 12 seasons in the Mountain West Conference, this was Utah's first season in the new Pac-12 Conference in the South Division. They are the first former "BCS Buster" to join a BCS conference. They finished the season 8–5, 4–5 to finish in a tie for third place in the South Division. They were invited to the Sun Bowl where they defeated Georgia Tech 30–27 in overtime.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 p.m. Montana State* Rice–Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT KJZZ[1] W 27–10   45,311[2]
September 10 5:30 p.m. at USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA Versus L 14–23   73,821[3]
September 17 7:15 p.m. at BYU* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) ESPN2 W 54–10   63,742[4]
October 1 5:00 p.m. Washingtondagger Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT FSN L 14–31   45,412[5]
October 8 1:30 p.m. No. 22 Arizona State Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT FSN L 14–35   45,089[6]
October 15 10:00 a.m. at Pittsburgh* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 26–14   43,719[7]
October 22 5:00 p.m. at California AT&T Park • San Francisco, CA KJZZ L 10–34   35,182[8]
October 29 5:00 p.m. Oregon State Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 27–8   45,017[9]
November 5 5:00 p.m. at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ KJZZ[10] W 34–21   50,389[11]
November 12 4:30 p.m. UCLA Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT KJZZ W 31–6   45,039[12]
November 19 3:00 p.m. at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA KJZZ W 30–27 OT  16,419[13]
November 25 1:30 p.m. Colorado Rice–Eccles Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Rumble in the Rockies) FSN L 14–17   45,026[14]
December 31 12:00 p.m. vs. Georgia Tech* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS W 30–27 OT  48,123[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

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Before the season[edit]

The Pac-12 media picked Utah to finish third in the South Division. Four media members (out of 42 total) voted Utah first in the division. The media picked USC to finish first, but USC will be ineligible for the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game due to NCAA sanctions. Arizona State came in second, and Arizona, UCLA, and Colorado finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in the South Division voting. The media also picked Oregon to win the North Division with 29 first place votes, and to win the Pac-12 Championship Game and thus be the Pac-12 Champion.[19]

Coaching changes[edit]

Kyle Whittingham made a few changes to his coaching staff for the 2011 season. Prior to Utah's appearance in the 2010 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas defensive line coach John Pease retired from coaching.[20] During the offseason, Whittingham replaced Pease with Chad Kauhaʻahaʻa, a second team all-WAC defensive lineman for Utah in 1996. The previous two seasons he had been the defensive line coach for Utah State.[21]

The Utes also hired Norm Chow to be the Offensive coordinator and coach the tight ends.[21] He had been an offensive coordinator at UCLA the three previous seasons.[22] In 2002, when he was the offensive coordinator at USC, Norm Chow won the Broyles Award.[23] Former co-offensive coordinators Aaron Roderick and Dave Schramm were reassigned to coach different positions in the offense. They will coach the receivers and the running backs, respectively, positions they have both previously coached for the program.[21] Finally, Whittingham hired Tim Davis to coach the offensive line. Davis replaces Blake Miller who left the program to coach the same position with Memphis. Davis coached the offensive line the previous three seasons at Minnesota and has had a prior stint as Utah's offensive line coach 19901996 and worked under Chow at USC 20022004.[24]

Move to the Pac-12[edit]

During the 2010 offseason, Utah successfully negotiated to join the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) for all sports, including football.[25] Utah, along with Colorado, officially joined the Pac-10 on July 1, 2011 to form the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).[26] The previous 12 seasons, Utah competed in the Mountain West Conference.

Game summaries[edit]

Montana State[edit]

Montana State at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 7 0 3 10
• Utes 17 7 3 0 27
  • Date: September 1
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 6:07 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:49
  • Game attendance: 45,311
  • Game weather: 80°, Sunny and Clear, winds NW 8 mph
  • Referee: Jay Stricherz
  • TV announcers (KJZZ): Steve Brown, Mike Norseth, and David Locke
Sources:[27]

Utah leads series: 10 – 0[28]

Utah played Montana State for the 10th time on September 1. Entering the game, Utah had beaten Montana State in all of their nine games, all but one of which have been played in Salt Lake City. During those nine contests, the Utes outscored the Bobcats 455–25.[28][29]

Utah once again beat Montana State in their 2011 meeting. Utah built a 24–0 lead with a little less than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter, and then scored 3 points the rest of the game to win 27–10.[2] The Utes finished with 101 passing yards on 15-of-23 passing by quarterback Jordan Wynn. Running back John White finished with 150 yards rushing to lead the Utes.[30]

Linebacker Brian Blechen set-up Utah's first touchdown when he returned an interception 39-yards to the 8-yard line; Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee threw the errant pass. Three plays later, Wynn connected with wide receiver DeVonte Christopher for the touchdown. Montana State punted on their next possession, and Utah's offense had its second scoring drive. This one resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Wynn to White; the drive took nine plays and gained 62 yards.[30]

Utah blocked MSU's next punt. Montana State blockers flipped Utah lineback Matt Martinez into the air, which caused Martinez to block the punt with his feet.[31] The ensuing Utah possession resulted in a field goal; kicker Coleman Petersen successfully booted a 37-yard attempt. Following Montana State's third punt of the game, Utah had a nine-play, 59-yard touchdown drive for their last touchdown of the evening. Montana State scored their only touchdown of the evening with 35 seconds remaining in the first half. McGhee passed to receiver Tanner Bleskin for a 7-yard touchdown reception.[30] Each team only scored a field goal in the second half for the final 27–10 score.[2]


USC[edit]

Utah at USC
1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0 7 7 0 14
• Trojans 10 0 7 6 23
  • Date: September 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Game start: 5:37 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 73,821
  • Game weather: 72°, Hazy, winds S 5 mph
  • Referee: Jack Folliard
  • TV announcers (Versus): Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
Sources:[32]

Utah trails series: 3 – 7[28]


BYU[edit]

Utah at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
• Utes 7 7 16 24 54
Cougars 3 7 0 0 10
  • Date: September 17
  • Location: Provo, UT
  • Game start: 7:21 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 63,742
  • Game weather: 65°, fair, winds W 2 mph
  • Referee: Jack Wood
  • TV announcers (ESPN2; BYUtv): Ed Cunningham, Mark Jones, and Jessica Mendoza (ESPN2); Dave McCann, Gary Sheide, and Jarom Jordan (BYUtv)
Sources:[33]

Utah leads series: 55 – 34 – 4[28]


Washington[edit]

Washington at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
• Huskies 7 3 14 7 31
Utes 7 0 0 7 14
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 5:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 45,412
  • Game weather: 81°, Partly Cloudy, winds SW 5 mph
  • Referee: Jay Stricherz
  • TV announcers (FSN): Ron Thulin, J. C. Pearson, and Jeremy Bloom
Sources:[34]

Utah trails series: 0 – 7[28]


Arizona State[edit]

#22 Arizona State at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
• #22 Sun Devils 7 3 18 7 35
Utes 7 0 7 0 14
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 1:41 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 45,089
  • Game weather: 49°, Overcast, winds NNE 6 mph
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (FSN): Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt, and Petros Papadakis
Sources:[35]

Utah trails series: 6 – 17[28]


Pittsburgh[edit]

Utah at Pittsburgh
1 2 3 4 Total
• Utes 3 10 3 10 26
Panthers 14 0 0 0 14
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Game start: 10:01 am
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 43,719
  • Game weather: 54°, Partly Sunny & Windy, winds WSW 18 mph
  • Referee: Michael Batlan
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Rob Stone and Danny Kanell
Sources:[36]

Utah leads series: 3 – 0[28]


California[edit]

Utah at California
1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 0 0 0 10 10
• Golden Bears 0 20 7 7 34
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Game start: 5:06 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:49
  • Game attendance: 35,182
  • Game weather: 78°, Clear, Nil
  • Referee: Terry Leyden
  • TV announcers (CSN-BA, KJZZ; ESPN Radio): Roxy Bernstein, Mike Pawlawski, and Chris Townsend (CSN-BA, KJZZ); Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad (ESPN Radio)
Sources:[37]

Utah trails series: 3 – 5[28]


Oregon State[edit]

Oregon State at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 0 0 8 8
• Utes 3 21 0 3 27
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 5:07 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 45,017
  • Game weather: 56°, Mostly Clear, winds NW 8 mph
  • Referee: Jack Folliard
  • TV announcers (KJZZ, Root NW): Steve Brown, Mike Norseth, and David Locke
Sources:[38]

Utah trails series: 6 – 9 – 1[28]


Arizona[edit]

Utah at Arizona
1 2 3 4 Total
• Utes 3 17 7 7 34
Wildcats 0 7 7 7 21
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Game start: 5:05 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 50,839
  • Game weather: 59°, Sunny w/ High Clouds, winds WNW 7mph
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (FSN AZ+, FCS Central, KJZZ): Dave Sitton, John Fina, and Glenn Howell
Sources:[39]

Utah leads series: 20 – 15 – 2[28]


UCLA[edit]

UCLA at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 3 0 0 3 6
• Utes 0 7 14 10 31
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 4:37 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 45,039
  • Game weather: 32°, Snowing, winds NW 5mph to NE 2 mph
  • Referee: Michael Batlan
  • TV announcers (KJZZ, Prime Ticket, FCS Central): Steve Brown, Mike Norseth, and David Locke
Sources:[40]

Utah trails series: 2 – 8[28]


Washington State[edit]

Utah at Washington State
1 2 3 4 OT Total
• Utes 0 7 3 17 3 30
Cougars 0 7 3 17 0 27
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Pullman, WA
  • Game start: 3:07 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:36
  • Game weather: 27°, Light Snow, winds E 5–10 mph
  • Referee: Jacon Wood
  • TV announcers (KJZZ, FCS Atlantic): Steve Brown, Mike Norseth, and David Locke
Sources:[41]

Utah leads series: 6 – 5[28]


Colorado[edit]

Colorado at Utah
1 2 3 4 Total
• Buffaloes 7 3 7 0 17
Utes 0 0 14 0 14
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Game start: 1:41 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:55
  • Game attendance: 45,026
  • Game weather: 48°, Mostly Cloudy, winds NW 13 mph
  • Referee: Terry Leyden
  • TV announcers (FSN): Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt, and Petros Papadakis
Sources:[42]

Utah trails series: 24 – 31 – 3[28]


Georgia Tech–Sun Bowl[edit]

2011 Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Utah
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Yellow Jackets 0 7 17 0 3 27
• Utes 7 3 0 14 6 30
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Game start: 12:21 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:40
  • Game attendance: 48,123
  • Game weather: 57°, Sunny and clear, winds NE 10mph
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler
  • TV announcers (CBS; Sports USA): Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson (CBS); Eli Gold, and Doug Plank (Sports USA)

Utah leads series: 2 – 0[28]

Roster[edit]

2011 Utah Utes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 60 Aiono, SiaosiSiaosi Aiono Fr
WR 6 Anderson, DresDres Anderson RFr
OL 57 Asiata, IsaacIsaac Asiata Fr
RB 34 Asiata, ShawnShawn Asiata Sr
OL 70 Bergstrom, TonyTony Bergstrom (C) Sr
OL 74 Brenner, SamSam Brenner Jr
WR 27 Brown, NickNick Brown Jr
WR 10 Christopher, DeVonteDeVonte Christopher Jr
OL 77 Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen Sr
RB 5 Davidson, EricEric Davidson Fr
WR 8 Denham, AnthonyAnthony Denham Jr
WR 14 Dunn, ReggieReggie Dunn Jr
WR 83 Fitzgerald, SeanSean Fitzgerald So
OL 67 Gardner, JasonJason Gardner RFr
QB 9 Hays, JonJon Hays Jr
OL 75 Halaʻufia, SiaosiSiaosi Halaʻufia Jr
WR 85 Henderson, CharlesCharles Henderson Injured Fr
WR 18 Hinson, PhilPhil Hinson Jr
OL 64 Jones, VyncentVyncent Jones So
QB 19 Kessler, DanielDaniel Kessler Fr
RB 21 Langi, HarveyHarvey Langi Fr
WR 11 Matthews, LukeLuke Matthews (C) Jr
WR 16 McNabb, GriffGriff McNabb So
FB 48 Moala, MaxMax Moala Jr
TE 81 Moeai, KendrickKendrick Moeai Jr
FB 82 Murphy, JakeJake Murphy RFr
OL 78 Nielson, DanielDaniel Nielson Fr
WR 32 Norwood, GeoffreyGeoffrey Norwood So
RB 36 Oliver, JarrellJarrell Oliver Fr
RB 22 Palamo, ThrettonThretton Palamo So
OL 71 Palelei, PoʻuPoʻu Palelei Jr
RB 44 Radley, LuckyLucky Radley RFr
WR 88 Ransom, DexterDexter Ransom Sr
TE/FB 89 Rogers, DallinDallin Rogers Injured Jr
OL 56 Sai, KapuaKapua Sai So
QB 12 Schulz, AdamAdam Schulz Fr
WR 2 Scott, KennethKenneth Scott RFr
OL 73 Sitake, SamuSamu Sitake Jr
QB 13 Shreve, TylerTyler Shreve Fr
OL 54 Stevens, TevitaTevita Stevens Jr
WR 20 Still, TravisTravis Still Fr
OL 79 Taumoelau, PercyPercy Taumoelau So
OL 76 Tofaeono, JeremiahJeremiah Tofaeono So
TE/FB 80 Tonga, WestleeWestlee Tonga So
RB 24 Vakapuna, TauniTauni Vakapuna Sr
OL 69 Walker, CourtCourt Walker Fr
RB 15 White IV, JohnJohn White IV Jr
FB 38 Williams, KarlKarl Williams So
QB 3 Wynn, JordanJordan Wynn Injured (C) Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 91 Aiono, JamesJames Aiono Sr
LB 50 Alo, KaeoKaeo Alo So
LB 45 Andersen, BooBoo Andersen Injured Jr
DB 46 Battle, JeffJeff Battle Fr
DB 35 Bird, GregGreg Bird Sr
DB 9 Black, ConroyConroy Black Sr
LB 4 Blechen, BrianBrian Blechen So
DB 14 Bryant, JosephJoseph Bryant Fr
DB 19 Chappuis, QuadeQuade Chappuis So
LB 51 Fagergren, DaveDave Fagergren Jr
DE 96 Fakahafua, NateNate Fakahafua Fr
DL 98 Fauonuku, SeniSeni Fauonuku Fr
LB 7 Fehoko, V.J.V.J. Fehoko RFr
DL 97 Finau, TevitaTevita Finau Sr
LB 42 Fotu, NaiNai Fotu Sr
DB 23 Freeman, WykieWykie Freeman So
LB 40 Hale, JacobyJacoby Hale RFr
DT 68 Heimuli, LatuLatu Heimuli Injured So
DB 25 Honeycutt, MikeMike Honeycutt So
DB 30 Johnson, ChandlerChandler Johnson RFr
DB 39 Kirby, MichaelMichael Kirby Fr
DL 44 Kruger, DaveDave Kruger Jr
DE 99 Kruger, JoeJoe Kruger So
DB 26 Lacy, RyanRyan Lacy Jr
LB 53 Larsen, TannerTanner Larsen Fr
DB 17 Lee, MoMo Lee Jr
DT 92 Lotulelei, StarStar Lotulelei (C) Jr
DE 94 Malafu, TevitaTevita Malafu Fr
LB 52 Martinez, MattMatt Martinez (C) Sr
DB 1 McGill, KeithKeith McGill Injured Jr
DB 16 Mickles, DevinDevin Mickles RFr
DB 27 Morris-Edwards, TyronTyron Morris-Edwards RFr
DB 5 Payne, DamianDamian Payne RFr
DB 87 Pedroza, QuintonQuinton Pedroza Fr
DT 63 Pela, JoapeJoape Pela Jr
DB 33 Reese, TerrellTerrell Reese RFr
LB 49 Reilly, TrevorTrevor Reilly So
LB 12 Robles, GriffGriff Robles So
DE 47 Rolf, DavidDavid Rolf Jr
DB 18 Rowe, EricEric Rowe Fr
DE 90 Shelby, DerrickDerrick Shelby Sr
DB 24 Smith, JamalJamal Smith So
DB 20 Smith, JosephJoseph Smith RFr
LB 31 Spikes, VictorVictor Spikes Jr
DE 43 Talamaivao, LeiLei Talamaivao Sr
DL 59 Tongaonevai, RonRon Tongaonevai Jr
DB 28 Topps, ReggieReggie Topps Jr
DL 65 Tuiʻone, SamSam Tuiʻone Fr
DT 58 Tuipulotu, LTLT Tuipulotu So
LB 32 Walker, ChazChaz Walker (C) Sr
DB 15 Walker, MichaelMichael Walker So
DB 21 White, TylerTyler White Fr
LB 13 Williams, J.J.J.J. Williams Injured Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 62 Greene, PatrickPatrick Greene Jr
K/P 30 Marsh, NickNick Marsh So
K/P 61 Petersen, ColemanColeman Petersen Jr
P 86 Sellwood, SeanSean Sellwood Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Norm Chow (Offensive Coordinator)
  • Kalani Sitake (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
  • Tim Davis (Offensive Line)
  • Jay Hill (Special Teams/Cornerbacks)
  • Brian Johnson (Quarterbacks)
  • Chad Kauhaʻahaʻa (Defensive Line)
  • Aaron Roderick (Wide Receivers)
  • Phil Rauscher (Tight Ends]
  • Morgan Scalley (Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Dave Schramm (Running Backs)
  • Grant Duff (Graduate Assistant/Defense)
  • Chris Polizzi (Graduate Assistant/Offense)

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

Roster
Last update: August 4, 2011

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