Utah Sports Blog - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Blogs/utahsports Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utes in the NFL: Alex Smith leads Chiefs to first win; Steve Smith stays hot as Carolina looms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58440193-59/game-smith-com-nfl.html.csp Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Three: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Getting his second consecutive start in place of the beleaguered Adrian Peterson, Asiata again made his biggest impact catching passes out of the backfield in a 20-9 loss to the Saints. He caught three passes for 36 yards, with a long of 41, but he rushed just 12 time for 35 yards, and has 81 yards on 27 carries for the season. ESPN wrote about the Vikings’ running game woes, as di... Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Three: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Getting his second consecutive start in place of the beleaguered Adrian Peterson, Asiata again made his biggest impact catching passes out of the backfield in a 20-9 loss to the Saints. He caught three passes for 36 yards, with a long of 41, but he rushed just 12 time for 35 yards, and has 81 yards on 27 carries for the season. ESPN wrote about the Vikings’ running game woes, as di... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58440193@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:50:02 MDT Utewrap: The week in Utah sports, Sept. 15-21 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58439696-59/utah-sltrib-utes-com.html.csp The Pac-12 is coming. Utah’s football team is 3-0, its women’s soccer team is 7-0-2, and its volleyball team is 10-1. But in conference, they’re 0-0, and the games by which all three ultimately measure their seasons will get underway this week. We’ll see you there. FOOTBALL • There were moments, when Devin Funchess was hauling in Devin Gardner lobs amid three or four Utah defenders, or when Travis Wilson was catapulted face first into the sideline turf, when it was somewhat in doubt. They wer... The Pac-12 is coming. Utah’s football team is 3-0, its women’s soccer team is 7-0-2, and its volleyball team is 10-1. But in conference, they’re 0-0, and the games by which all three ultimately measure their seasons will get underway this week. We’ll see you there. FOOTBALL • There were moments, when Devin Funchess was hauling in Devin Gardner lobs amid three or four Utah defenders, or when Travis Wilson was catapulted face first into the sideline turf, when it was somewhat in doubt. They wer... 58439696@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:44:02 MDT After winning at Michigan, 3-0 Utes still outside looking in at top 25 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58438778-59/utes-matthew-piper-utah.html.csp Utah received the 31st-most points in the AP Top 25 Poll and the 38th-most in the Amway Coaches Poll, despite a convincing 26-10 win in Ann Arbor on ABC. Of course, the days when polls matter for Utah are over. If they can keep winning throughout the Pac-12 slate, which opens at home Saturday against Washington State, the pollsters and playoff committee will take note. San Jose Mercury News columnist Jon Wilner rates the Utes highest at No. 16. Out of 60 AP voters, eight placed the Utes somewher... Utah received the 31st-most points in the AP Top 25 Poll and the 38th-most in the Amway Coaches Poll, despite a convincing 26-10 win in Ann Arbor on ABC. Of course, the days when polls matter for Utah are over. If they can keep winning throughout the Pac-12 slate, which opens at home Saturday against Washington State, the pollsters and playoff committee will take note. San Jose Mercury News columnist Jon Wilner rates the Utes highest at No. 16. Out of 60 AP voters, eight placed the Utes somewher... 58438778@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:09:21 MDT Live: Aggies and Wolves tied http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58436972-59/aggies-arkansas-score-state.html.csp A major mistake led to Arkansas State's first score as punter Jaron Bentrude dropped the ball and Arkansas State recovered on the Aggies' 12-yard line. J.D. McKissic took the pitch and swept down the left side of the field for the score, tying the game at 7-7. The storyline for the Aggies continues to be the missed chances in the first half. A major mistake led to Arkansas State's first score as punter Jaron Bentrude dropped the ball and Arkansas State recovered on the Aggies' 12-yard line. J.D. McKissic took the pitch and swept down the left side of the field for the score, tying the game at 7-7. The storyline for the Aggies continues to be the missed chances in the first half. 58436972@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:48:58 MDT Utah snags commitment from 6-7 Corner Canyon tackle Branden Bowen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58435707-59/com-sltrib-bowen-utah.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Utah received a commitment Saturday morning from 6-foot-7, 315-pound Corner Canyon tackle Branden Bowen, one of the state’s most hotly pursued preps after making big strides in the weight room over the offseason. &lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”&gt;&lt;p&gt;I&#39;ve decided to verbally commit to the University of Utah Utes! &lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoUtes?src=hash”&gt;#GoUtes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=”http://t.co/Lr8HzE5mTC”&gt;pic.twitter.com/Lr8HzE5mTC... &lt;freeform&gt; Utah received a commitment Saturday morning from 6-foot-7, 315-pound Corner Canyon tackle Branden Bowen, one of the state’s most hotly pursued preps after making big strides in the weight room over the offseason. &lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”&gt;&lt;p&gt;I&#39;ve decided to verbally commit to the University of Utah Utes! &lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoUtes?src=hash”&gt;#GoUtes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=”http://t.co/Lr8HzE5mTC”&gt;pic.twitter.com/Lr8HzE5mTC... 58435707@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:03:11 MDT Utah at Michigan: What we know, and what we’re about to find out at the Big House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58433881-59/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp OK, we said it before the season opener. We said it before Fresno State. We’ve probably said it too many times, but here we say it once more: Here’s the real test. Michigan. The Big House. The Big Ten. The Utes have started the season on a nice note, but a win over a power conference team on the road will give them legitimacy that doesn’t come with thumping an FCS team or an 0-3 Mountain West team. To get a better idea of the match-ups and what to watch for in the game, here’s our handy dandy ga... OK, we said it before the season opener. We said it before Fresno State. We’ve probably said it too many times, but here we say it once more: Here’s the real test. Michigan. The Big House. The Big Ten. The Utes have started the season on a nice note, but a win over a power conference team on the road will give them legitimacy that doesn’t come with thumping an FCS team or an 0-3 Mountain West team. To get a better idea of the match-ups and what to watch for in the game, here’s our handy dandy ga... 58433881@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:04:48 MDT Utah football: Scouting Michigan with Wolverines beat writer Mark Snyder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58429152-59/michigan-win-fans-wolverines.html.csp So far this week, we've read plenty on Michigan's outsized stadium with the tradition to match. But what exactly are the Wolverines today? At 2-1, Michigan is still locked in a bit of an identity crisis. While the Wolverines have gotten two big wins against less-than-stellar opponents, they've also notably been smothered by Notre Dame. Even ex-UM star Braylon Edwards says the program "lacks identity." Can Brady Hoke make 2014 a successful campaign, starting with a win over the Utes? To search fo... So far this week, we've read plenty on Michigan's outsized stadium with the tradition to match. But what exactly are the Wolverines today? At 2-1, Michigan is still locked in a bit of an identity crisis. While the Wolverines have gotten two big wins against less-than-stellar opponents, they've also notably been smothered by Notre Dame. Even ex-UM star Braylon Edwards says the program "lacks identity." Can Brady Hoke make 2014 a successful campaign, starting with a win over the Utes? To search fo... 58429152@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:49:02 MDT Utah football notes: Utes Junior Salt, Nate Orchard prepared to face old friends at Michigan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58426810-59/orchard-mone-salt-utah.html.csp During pregame walkthroughs and warmups on Saturday, Nate Orchard may just bring his camera with him. He'll step out across the sidelines at the Big House, and he'll be looking for Bryan Mone and Sione Houma, two of his Highland High teammates who helped the Rams win a state championship in 2010. There will be the pleasantries: exchanging old memories, and taking a few pictures. And then Orchard plans to let them feel just how tough it is to see him on the opposite sideline. "At the end of the d... During pregame walkthroughs and warmups on Saturday, Nate Orchard may just bring his camera with him. He'll step out across the sidelines at the Big House, and he'll be looking for Bryan Mone and Sione Houma, two of his Highland High teammates who helped the Rams win a state championship in 2010. There will be the pleasantries: exchanging old memories, and taking a few pictures. And then Orchard plans to let them feel just how tough it is to see him on the opposite sideline. "At the end of the d... 58426810@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:26:03 MDT Utah football's 2015 schedule features balance, solid home slate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58422353-59/game-utah-schedule-state.html.csp After its schedule the last two years, Utah football could be forgiven for wanting just a little bit of relief. The 2015 slate, released Tuesday evening by the Pac-12, isn't easy, but it doesn't project to be Spartan tough, either. And good news for fans and Utah administrators: There's plenty of good home games to start talking about, and there's really no apparent duds. First, here it is: Sept 3. • MichiganSept. 12 • Utah StateSept. 19 • at Fresno StateSept. 26 • at OregonBYEOct. 10 • CalOct. ... After its schedule the last two years, Utah football could be forgiven for wanting just a little bit of relief. The 2015 slate, released Tuesday evening by the Pac-12, isn't easy, but it doesn't project to be Spartan tough, either. And good news for fans and Utah administrators: There's plenty of good home games to start talking about, and there's really no apparent duds. First, here it is: Sept 3. • MichiganSept. 12 • Utah StateSept. 19 • at Fresno StateSept. 26 • at OregonBYEOct. 10 • CalOct. ... 58422353@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:39:18 MDT Full schedule, including TV and times, released for 2014-15 Runnin’ Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58416940-59/espn-games-sports-fox.html.csp The Runnin’ Utes return most of their starters from last year’s 21-12 team, and add to that bunch their most highly touted recruiting class in recent years. Theoretically, they’re ready for the spotlight. Either way, the spotlight will be on them. The Pac-12 released teams 2014-15 basketball schedules on Monday evening, and Larry Krystkowiak’s group scored seven games on ESPN or ESPN2, three on Fox Sports One, and six on ESPNU. All other games will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. By comparison... The Runnin’ Utes return most of their starters from last year’s 21-12 team, and add to that bunch their most highly touted recruiting class in recent years. Theoretically, they’re ready for the spotlight. Either way, the spotlight will be on them. The Pac-12 released teams 2014-15 basketball schedules on Monday evening, and Larry Krystkowiak’s group scored seven games on ESPN or ESPN2, three on Fox Sports One, and six on ESPNU. All other games will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. By comparison... 58416940@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:20 MDT Utah football notes — turnover battle critical for Utes against Michigan (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58417498-59/michigan-game-gardner-offense.html.csp Those who hunt for so-called "X-factors" in football games needn't look any further than the turnover margin when the Utes take on Michigan on Saturday. Both coaches agree: That's where the game will be won or lost. And neither team's defense has been all that great at creating those chances thus far this year. "Turnover battle is huge every week," Kyle Whittingham said. "Right now on the season we're even in the turnover margin. We're doing a very good job offensively taking care of the footbal... Those who hunt for so-called "X-factors" in football games needn't look any further than the turnover margin when the Utes take on Michigan on Saturday. Both coaches agree: That's where the game will be won or lost. And neither team's defense has been all that great at creating those chances thus far this year. "Turnover battle is huge every week," Kyle Whittingham said. "Right now on the season we're even in the turnover margin. We're doing a very good job offensively taking care of the footbal... 58417498@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:23:02 MDT Utah to pay $3.7M to FCS opponents during first 9 years in the Pac-12 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58415966-59/utah-state-entered-pays.html.csp It’s no great secret how this works: A Football Bowl Subdivision school irons out its wrinkles in the process of (usually) steamrolling an overmatched Football Championship Subdivision school, which earns a hefty check for its players’ scars. According to the Billings Gazette, this arrangement will play out 108 times in 2014. Records show Utah paid Idaho State $400,000 for its strong chin in a 56-14 thumping on Aug. 28. That $400,000 would have amounted to 15 percent of the Bengals’ total footba... It’s no great secret how this works: A Football Bowl Subdivision school irons out its wrinkles in the process of (usually) steamrolling an overmatched Football Championship Subdivision school, which earns a hefty check for its players’ scars. According to the Billings Gazette, this arrangement will play out 108 times in 2014. Records show Utah paid Idaho State $400,000 for its strong chin in a 56-14 thumping on Aug. 28. That $400,000 would have amounted to 15 percent of the Bengals’ total footba... 58415966@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:07 MDT