Kragthorpe - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/columnists/Kragthorpe 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Steve Smith steps up in Ravens’ victory http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58439412-77/smith-flacco-ravens-baltimore.html.csp Cleveland After making an eventual game-winning play Sunday, Baltimore receiver Steve Smith acted like it was just another routine catch for him. That’s because he celebrates them all, with equal zeal. The former University of Utah star’s fifth reception of the game and 854th catch of his NFL career led to Justin Tucker’s 32-yard field goal as time expired in the Ravens’ 23-21 victory over Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium. This was standard stuff for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, known for h... Cleveland After making an eventual game-winning play Sunday, Baltimore receiver Steve Smith acted like it was just another routine catch for him. That’s because he celebrates them all, with equal zeal. The former University of Utah star’s fifth reception of the game and 854th catch of his NFL career led to Justin Tucker’s 32-yard field goal as time expired in the Ravens’ 23-21 victory over Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium. This was standard stuff for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, known for h... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58439412@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:26:23 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute defense comes through when it counts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437338-89/utah-michigan-defense-ute.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. As the fourth quarter unfolded and heavy rain fell Saturday evening, tens of thousands of Michigan fans dressed in yellow headed for the exits. Their departures made a swath of red appear more distinct in the south end zone, 90-plus rows above the field. Those folks from Utah were not going anywhere, until they were ordered to evacuate. Same story with the Ute defense. Utah’s defenders were at their best when it counted in a 26-10 victory — rarely dominating, but always deliv... Ann Arbor, Mich. As the fourth quarter unfolded and heavy rain fell Saturday evening, tens of thousands of Michigan fans dressed in yellow headed for the exits. Their departures made a swath of red appear more distinct in the south end zone, 90-plus rows above the field. Those folks from Utah were not going anywhere, until they were ordered to evacuate. Same story with the Ute defense. Utah’s defenders were at their best when it counted in a 26-10 victory — rarely dominating, but always deliv... 58437338@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:12:55 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU, Utah should win; USU will miss Keeton http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58432436-77/utah-byu-state-game.html.csp What’s unusual about Saturday? It’s the only day between now and Nov. 1 when Utah, BYU and Utah State all are playing, thanks a combination of open dates and Thursday/Friday games. Even more rare is having BYU and Utah both play in the afternoon, kicking off at the same time. A closer look at the games: Utah at Michigan, 1:30 p.m. MDT Finally, we’ll start to get some more meaningful answers about Utah’s offensive improvement. Ute quarterback Travis Wilson and his receivers looked good agains... What’s unusual about Saturday? It’s the only day between now and Nov. 1 when Utah, BYU and Utah State all are playing, thanks a combination of open dates and Thursday/Friday games. Even more rare is having BYU and Utah both play in the afternoon, kicking off at the same time. A closer look at the games: Utah at Michigan, 1:30 p.m. MDT Finally, we’ll start to get some more meaningful answers about Utah’s offensive improvement. Ute quarterback Travis Wilson and his receivers looked good agains... 58432436@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:41 MDT Kragthorpe: Road win is next item on Utes’ checklist (Video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58423669-89/utes-road-game-utah.html.csp In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... 58423669@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:07 MDT Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421093-89/usc-south-teams-ucla.html.csp USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... 58421093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:40:05 MDT Kragthorpe: Brandon Doman moves on, from BYU to little league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415113-88/doman-byu-offensive-brandon.html.csp American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... 58415113@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:40 MDT Kragthorpe: Keeton's injury sends USU's backup into action again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411334-77/garretson-usu-keeton-season.html.csp Logan Practically before anyone discovered that Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson no longer was standing on the sideline and signaling plays, a Wake Forest player was returning an interception of Garretson’s pass. Whoa. What just happened here? The tone of USU’s season changed during halftime of an eventual 36-24 win Saturday night at Romney Stadium. Of course, this is standard stuff for the Aggies in the Matt Wells era. Stop me if you’ve heard this story. USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton ... Logan Practically before anyone discovered that Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson no longer was standing on the sideline and signaling plays, a Wake Forest player was returning an interception of Garretson’s pass. Whoa. What just happened here? The tone of USU’s season changed during halftime of an eventual 36-24 win Saturday night at Romney Stadium. Of course, this is standard stuff for the Aggies in the Matt Wells era. Stop me if you’ve heard this story. USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton ... 58411334@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:24:04 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s defense comes through when it counts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58405107-77/byu-game-defense-houston.html.csp Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiting Cougar player on the first scrimmage play of Thursday night’s game. That was a good start. And in the end, BYU’s defense was asked to make one last stop. The home team delivered, as Houston quarterback John O’Korn fired three straight incompletions to halt a drive that potentially could have tied the game, and BYU’s offense proceeded to run out ... Provo • The pass sailed over the middle toward Houston’s wide-open receiver, and here came BYU safety Craig Bills, separating the ball from the visiting Cougar player on the first scrimmage play of Thursday night’s game. That was a good start. And in the end, BYU’s defense was asked to make one last stop. The home team delivered, as Houston quarterback John O’Korn fired three straight incompletions to halt a drive that potentially could have tied the game, and BYU’s offense proceeded to run out ... 58405107@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:38:31 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s quick turnaround will test Bronco Mendenhall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58396770-88/byu-cougars-season-game.html.csp Provo • Now what? The BYU Cougars won the game that supposedly would define their season, and all anyone is asking of them is to do it again and again. Beginning five days later. “A natural tendency,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said this week, “would be to try to feel good a little bit longer.” Sorry. A season that continues with Thursday’s home opener vs. Houston at LaVell Edwards Stadium will have evolving themes, and this game is easily framed: Mendenhall’s challenge is to make sure his tea... Provo • Now what? The BYU Cougars won the game that supposedly would define their season, and all anyone is asking of them is to do it again and again. Beginning five days later. “A natural tendency,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said this week, “would be to try to feel good a little bit longer.” Sorry. A season that continues with Thursday’s home opener vs. Houston at LaVell Edwards Stadium will have evolving themes, and this game is easily framed: Mendenhall’s challenge is to make sure his tea... 58396770@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:23:30 MDT Kragthorpe: Seahawks, 49ers impressive in NFL openers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58388368-77/nfl-seahawks-teams-seattle.html.csp Before the Arizona Cardinals become one of the last two teams to kick off the NFL season Monday night, they have my best wishes. The Cardinals are a decent team, and they’re doomed. That’s because they play in the NFC West, which means they have to meet Seattle and San Francisco four times in 2014. That makes it just about impossible for Arizona to make the playoffs, even as a wild card. The NFL’s first 14 games of the schedule, with two more to come Monday, have driven home the point that pro f... Before the Arizona Cardinals become one of the last two teams to kick off the NFL season Monday night, they have my best wishes. The Cardinals are a decent team, and they’re doomed. That’s because they play in the NFC West, which means they have to meet Seattle and San Francisco four times in 2014. That makes it just about impossible for Arizona to make the playoffs, even as a wild card. The NFL’s first 14 games of the schedule, with two more to come Monday, have driven home the point that pro f... 58388368@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:19:00 MDT