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Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 01:09AM

Provo September ended the way it began for the BYU Cougars, who remembered how to finish a football game. BYU outlasted Toledo 55-53 in another wild adventure Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium, with Rhett Almond kicking a 19-yard field …

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  • Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) scrambles upfield as West Virginia defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu (97) pursues during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Kragthorpe: BYU’s bowl math gets tricky if Cougars lose to Toledo
    The last time BYU started a football season 1-4, somebody got fired the next day. Nothing quite that dramatic will occur this weekend if the Cougars l...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 12:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham, pre-game as the BYU Cougars host the Utah Utes, college football Saturday, September 21, 2013 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Kragthorpe: 100th win is next checkpoint for Utes’ Kyle Whittingham
    Kyle Whittingham’s road toward 100 victories as the University of Utah’s football coach is unlike anything anyone has traveled in the history of sport...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 06:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • File- This April 5, 2007, file photo shows former Masters champion Arnold Palmer acknowledging the crowd after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot prior to the first round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as ’The King,’ died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) Kragthorpe: Utahns remember Arnold Palmer’s aura, gracious nature
    Senior golfer John Jacobs looked around the first tee of Park Meadows Country Club and marveled about the gallery assembled for his threesome. “I’d l...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gordon Hayward gets his portrait taken by team photographer Melissa Majchrzak as the Utah Jazz opens training camp with media day for players at the team’s training facility in Salt Lake on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Kragthorpe: The Hayward Happiness Index has a good first day (with video)
    The Jazz’s pursuit of Gordon Hayward’s happiness is successful, so far. This story is subject to daily updates for the next seven or eight months, an...
    Updated Sep 26 2016 09:02 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, right, runs around UCLA defensive back Adarius Pickett during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Stanford won 22-13. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s wild weekend is sign of what’s to come
    The day after Utah produced the most remarkable comeback of the school's Pac-12 era against South rival USC, the other four teams in the division were...
    Updated Sep 26 2016 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake defenders try to stop a free kick by FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (10), in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016. Kragthorpe: RSL holds its fourth-place ground after tie with FC Dallas
    Sandy Real Salt Lake’s desperate drive to hang onto fourth place in the Western Conference is not exactly good material for a marketing campaign. Ye...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) is tackled by USC Trojans linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) and USC Trojans linebacker Cameron Smith (35) during the first half of the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday September 23, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ute offense delivers another last-minute win over USC (with video)
    The same day in October 2014 when Travis Wilson rallied Utah to a victory over USC with a last-minute touchdown pass, Troy Williams struggled as Washi...
    Updated Sep 26 2016 08:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Southern California wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, right, makes a catch as Utah linebacker Gionni Paul watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. Southern California won 42-24. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Myth of USC is real to me, and BYU should play both QBs
    Every season, I wonder why I mythologize the USC Trojans, giving them more credit than their actual performance deserves. And then the numbers hit me:...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 02:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) and Utah Utes wide receiver Tyrone Smith (81) walk off of the field as USC Trojans celebrate a interception touchdown by USC Trojans linebacker Cameron Smith (35) during the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday October 24, 2015. Kragthorpe: This year is Utes’ turn to win Pac-12 South football title
    BYU is almost good enough to win the Pac-12 South football championship. Whether you view that as a compliment to the Cougars or a commentary about t...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 05:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s historic passing offense thriving elsewhere, but not in Provo
    Dana Holgorsen once was so unimpressed with his hometown college’s football program that he turned down a chance to leave his high school class and me...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs the ball for the Cougars, in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s offensive struggles continue in loss to UCLA (with video)
    Provo When quarterback Taysom Hill scrambled out of trouble and found Jamaal Williams for a 39-yard gain on BYU’s third play Saturday night, the Coug...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive end Chris Odom (93) causes Utah State Aggies quarterback Kent Myers (2) to fumble the ball while running towards the end zone during the game at Maverik Stadium Friday September 16, 2016. Kragthorpe: USU finally puts away Arkansas State with late drive
    Logan Utah State played along with the promotion only about halfway Friday night. The flurry of white jerseys just kept coming as USU’s defense turne...
    Updated Sep 18 2016 12:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Ty Detmer owns up to failure; now he needs some success
    After the play-call that may stand as his most memorable mistake as BYU's offensive coordinator, Ty Detmer did not get defensive. Meeting with the med...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Virginia Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall calls to his team during the second half  of an NCAA college football game against Oregon Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) Kragthorpe: Bronco Mendenhall facing ‘steeper and longer’ climb at Virginia
    After his first game as the University of Virginia’s football coach, Bronco Mendenhall showed his team a video clip of how his former BYU players chee...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 06:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs the ball for the Cougars, in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s offensive struggles continue in loss to UCLA (with video)
    Provo When quarterback Taysom Hill scrambled out of trouble and found Jamaal Williams for a 39-yard gain on BYU’s third play Saturday night, the Coug...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive end Chris Odom (93) causes Utah State Aggies quarterback Kent Myers (2) to fumble the ball while running towards the end zone during the game at Maverik Stadium Friday September 16, 2016. Kragthorpe: USU finally puts away Arkansas State with late drive
    Logan Utah State played along with the promotion only about halfway Friday night. The flurry of white jerseys just kept coming as USU’s defense turne...
    Updated Sep 18 2016 12:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Ty Detmer owns up to failure; now he needs some success
    After the play-call that may stand as his most memorable mistake as BYU's offensive coordinator, Ty Detmer did not get defensive. Meeting with the med...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Virginia Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall calls to his team during the second half  of an NCAA college football game against Oregon Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) Kragthorpe: Bronco Mendenhall facing ‘steeper and longer’ climb at Virginia
    After his first game as the University of Virginia’s football coach, Bronco Mendenhall showed his team a video clip of how his former BYU players chee...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 06:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Chinese coaches hope Ute experience is “a life-changer”
    The dozens of Chinese coaches visiting the University of Utah do not care why Kyle Whittingham ordered a field goal instead of taking a fourth-and-inc...
    Updated Sep 12 2016 08:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake congratulates Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham after the Utes 20-19 win over BYU, in football action, BYU vs. Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, September 10, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah’s win over BYU will have its own place in rivalry lore
    In an era before two-point conversions and overtime were invented, Utah held on for a 33-32 victory over BYU when the Cougars botched an extra-point a...
    Updated Sep 12 2016 12:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah DB Reginald Porter celebrates after intercepting a Taysom Hill pass during second half play. Utah defeated BYU 20-19, Saturday, September 10, 2016. Kragthorpe: Sitake’s choice correct, but Detmer’s play-call wrong in BYU’s loss to Utah (with video)
    In his first rivalry game as BYU’s coach, Kalani Sitake will be remembered for the bold choice of ordering a two-point conversion in the last 18 secon...
    Updated Sep 11 2016 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (7) leaps over Arizona cornerback Jace Whittaker during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Kragthorpe: Taysom Hill will make the difference for BYU
    Having watched the first quarter of the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl over and over this week in researching a look-back story, I’ve become convinced that Utah’...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against BYU during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Kragthorpe: Reliving a quarter of Utah-BYU history to remember — or forget
    During the media-viewing segment of Tuesday’s practice, Utah executed one kickoff after another. Nice of the Utes to re-enact the first quarter of the...
    Updated Sep 07 2016 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Arizona wide receiver Nate Phillips (11) runs away from BYU defensive back Kai Nacua during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. BYU defeated Arizona 18-16. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Kragthorpe: Utah-BYU rivalry features Polynesian flavor
    Ron McBride knew Maui Mike and the Seaweed Man. That’s how he thrived in recruiting Polynesian football players from Hawaii to the University of Utah,...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 06:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah punt block attempt, Utah’s Trevor Reilly (49), Mike Honeycutt (25), Thretton Palamo (22), Boo Andersen (45). BYU vs. Utah football in Provo, Utah, Saturday, September 17, 2011. Kragthorpe: Rivals BYU and Utah are known for tight finishes
    Utah turned five takeaways into five touchdowns and took a 35-0 lead in the first 11 minutes, but the Utes found themselves needing to convert a third...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Kragthorpe: Andy Reid, Alex Smith will carry Kansas City to Super Bowl from AFC
    Regardless of how Trevor Siemian performs as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback, he will be far better than the version of Peyton Manning I witnessed las...
    Updated Sep 03 2016 10:30 am   |     |   Share