DEFENSE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DEFENSE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah football notes: Travis Wilson a little bit wiser after scary hit, plus more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58443996-59/game-team-think-whittingham.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58443996-59/game-team-think-whittingham.html.csp">Utah football notes: Travis Wilson a little bit wiser after scary hit, plus more</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T21:38:02.823-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Travis Wilson, the right side of his face red with leftover turf burn, shifted uncomfortably in his seat as Kyle Whittingham addressed the media in the front of the room. He knew what was coming. "He's a tremendous competitor," Whittingham told the press. "Exceptionally tough, and he's very smart. Just didn't use the best judgement on that one isolated play." Oh, that play. The one where he literally landed on his face on Saturday at Michigan. After the initial shock of seeing his body curving u...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443996@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:38:02 MDT Cougs enter bye week concerned about spotty defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58443151-88/byu-happy-howell-defensive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58443151-88/byu-happy-howell-defensive.html.csp">Cougs enter bye week concerned about spotty defense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay Drew</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T21:06:19.208-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • How good is this BYU football team that is 4-0, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and winning games against rather average opponents by an average of 18.7 points? It’s a debate that rages nationally, and will continue to make headlines as long as the Cougars keep winning — although there should be a bit of a reprieve this week because BYU has a bye before facing Utah State on Oct. 3. One theory: BYU is an average football team with a great quarterback. Last Saturday against V...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443151@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:06:19 MDT Utah football: Defense, special teams drive Utes to Big House win (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435834-89/utah-michigan-phillips-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435834-89/utah-michigan-phillips-team.html.csp">Utah football: Defense, special teams drive Utes to Big House win (VIDEO)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kyle goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T14:15:25.612-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 02:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ann Arbor, Mich. • When lightning struck, the Utes were willing to be patient. The weather was the only hurdle between Utah (3-0) and its biggest victory this season. The Big House had a few first-half stumbles for the Utes, and there was a nightmare moment when quarterback Travis Wilson took a rough landing on his face before halftime. But like a bad dream, it passed: Wilson came back, leading three second-half scoring drives, and Utah’s defense never broke to secure a 26-10 road victory over M...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435834@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:15:25 MDT Pac-12 round-up: Arizona's Hail Mary is Week 4 memorable moment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58441563-89/yards-game-week-arizona.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58441563-89/yards-game-week-arizona.html.csp">Pac-12 round-up: Arizona's Hail Mary is Week 4 memorable moment</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T09:22:02.341-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Four of the five ranked teams in the Pac-12 went dark this week. But the way this season has gone, did you really think it'd be a "quiet" week? All we got out of it was a game-winning Hail Mary. Not to mention the No. 2 team looking dangerously close to getting upset. While the Utes topped soggy Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a validating win on the road, a few other games showcased the parity of the conference. Cal, of all teams, was leading Arizona before the Wildcats put on an all-world passi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58441563@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:22:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute defense comes through when it counts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437338-89/utah-michigan-defense-ute.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437338-89/utah-michigan-defense-ute.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Ute defense comes through when it counts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-21T09:46:42.157-06:00">Updated Sep 21, 2014 09:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58437338@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:46:42 MDT Monson: BYU is imperfect and undefeated (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436864-88/byu-yards-cougars-win.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436864-88/byu-yards-cougars-win.html.csp">Monson: BYU is imperfect and undefeated (VIDEO)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T23:38:04.335-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 11:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • It was far from perfect, even though the record still is. It wasn’t particularly picturesque. But what 4-0 BYU did against Virginia on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium showed the flawed Cougars can accomplish something out of the ordinary this season: Beat everyone on their schedule. Some of that is a reflection/indication of the relatively easy road they’re traveling. Some of it is a compliment regarding what they do remarkably well. Some of it comes from a conclusion that if BYU eve...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436864@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:38:04 MDT BYU football: Punter Scott Arellano gets his kicks in BYU’s win over Virginia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436881-88/arellano-byu-virginia-punter.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58436881-88/arellano-byu-virginia-punter.html.csp">BYU football: Punter Scott Arellano gets his kicks in BYU’s win over Virginia</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T23:30:02.936-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 11:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • Tucked underneath the east stands at LaVell Edwards Stadium and shielded from passing fans by black plastic curtains, the BYU media interview room can be hard to find. Especially for a punter. “I didn’t know this room existed,” Scott Arellano said Saturday. “So this is really cool. I’m happy to be here.” Arellano, a former walk-on, earned the media’s attention after playing a critical role in BYU’s 41-33 victory over Virginia. He averaged 55 yards on five kicks, dropped four punts insid...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436881@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:30:02 MDT Live: Aggies 7-0, Aggies' defense off to great start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58436745-55/aggies-state-defense-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58436745-55/aggies-state-defense-utah.html.csp">Live: Aggies 7-0, Aggies' defense off to great start</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T18:00:03.66-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 06:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah State's defense is off to a great start, having forced two turnovers to help the Aggies lead 7-0 after a quarter of play here at Arkansas State. Frankie Sutera has an interception and Devin Centers recovered a fumble for the Aggies' defense. Utah State's score came courtesy of an 81-yard pass play from Darell Garretson to Hunter Sharp. The Aggies have 152 yards to Arkansas State's 63. Utah State was worried about the Red Wolves' speed, but so far it has been the Aggies who are hard to conta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436745@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:00:03 MDT Live: USU 7-0, Aggies wasting opportunities http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58436817-55/aggies-7-0-defense-interception.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58436817-55/aggies-7-0-defense-interception.html.csp">Live: USU 7-0, Aggies wasting opportunities</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T18:22:02.152-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 06:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah State's defense keeps giving the Aggies great field position, but so far the Aggies have failed to take advantage of it. The defense has nabbed three turnovers with Frankie Sutera getting an interception and Devin Centers and LT Filiaga recovering fumbles, but the Aggies lead just 7-0 with six minutes to go in the half. USU has 209 yards to Arkansas State's 128. Darell Garretson is 12-of-20, but threw an interception deep in the Red Wolves' territory.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436817@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:22:02 MDT Utah Football: Utes beat Michigan 26-10 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435844-89/utah-michigan-utes-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435844-89/utah-michigan-utes-game.html.csp">Utah Football: Utes beat Michigan 26-10</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T19:34:38.621-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 07:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Q4 7:51; Utah 26, Michigan 10 Can we call for a running clock? Because this rain delay is putting off what seems inevitable. Utah is up by 16 — a relative gulf in this game — and is 7:51 away from its best win of the season. But if the Super Bowl isn’t immune to delays, then we’re not at a now-empty Michigan Stadium. The Utes look good to win it after Andy Phillips kicked another field goal, and Tevin Carter intercepted another pass. Special teams and defense deserve the lion’s share of the cred...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435844@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:34:38 MDT Prep football: Roy 36, Logan 0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58434644-190/roy-yards-martinez-royals.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58434644-190/roy-yards-martinez-royals.html.csp">Prep football: Roy 36, Logan 0</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kevin Winters Morriss</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T00:00:59.045-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 12:00AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Roy • James Martinez didn’t want history repeating itself. Logan had won the last 14 games against Roy. And Martinez and his Royals teammates got off to slow starts in two other games this season. Well the Roy defense made sure to stamp out both of those streaks Friday. The Royals forced a fumble inside their 15-yard line on Logan’s first drive and silenced the Grizzlies the rest of the way in a 36-0 victory. “We knew when it got down there, we had to step up,” said Martinez, a defensive lineman...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58434644@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:59 MDT BYU football: Virginia suddenly looms large for Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58432849-88/virginia-byu-game-upset.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58432849-88/virginia-byu-game-upset.html.csp">BYU football: Virginia suddenly looms large for Cougars</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay Drew</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T23:29:57.116-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 11:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • Shortly after knocking off the Houston Cougars 33-25 last week, BYU football players one by one talked about their eagerness to face Virginia this week and exact a measure of revenge upon the Cavaliers for last year’s season-opening loss in Charlottesville. By Monday, that tone had changed. All BYU coaches and players could talk about was how much Virginia has improved since a year ago, when it went 2-10. Talk of revenge had been replaced by talk of respect. Funny, what an upset over a T...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58432849@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:29:57 MDT Keys to an Aggie win, get the run game going, let the defense set the tone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58435633-55/aggies-game-garretson-run.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58435633-55/aggies-game-garretson-run.html.csp">Keys to an Aggie win, get the run game going, let the defense set the tone</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T08:15:02.849-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 08:15AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Today's game against Arkansas State has all kinds of story lines for the Aggies. Can Darell Garretson command the offense in Chuckie Keeton's absence? Can the Aggies' defense continue to shut down opponents' run games? Can Utah State's run game find its own success? Can the secondary shut down two talented receivers? And, most importantly, can the Aggies get a win? On the last question, yes, they can, but here are a few things the Aggies must do to be successful tonight.1. The Aggies must have a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435633@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:15:02 MDT Prep football: Taylorsville 14, Olympus 0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58408997-190/olympus-half-taylorsville-turnovers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58408997-190/olympus-half-taylorsville-turnovers.html.csp">Prep football: Taylorsville 14, Olympus 0</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Joseph Gillespie</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T00:00:18.017-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 12:00AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A week after being plagued by turnovers and penalties, the Taylorsville Warriors benefited from another team’s mistakes rather than suffering from their own. Taylorsville forced five turnovers and withstood a determined second-half Olympus effort to defeat the host Titans 14-0 in nonregion prep football action Friday night. After struggling to a 33-0 loss to Davis last week, the Warriors, 3-1, began their first offensive series with three straight penalties. However, quarterback Toa Maumau uncor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58408997@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:18 MDT Air Force: ‘So help me God’ in oath is optional http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58425798-68/force-god-airman-policy.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58425798-68/force-god-airman-policy.html.csp">Air Force: ‘So help me God’ in oath is optional</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">the Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T18:21:04.249-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 06:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Las Vegas • Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words “so help me God” if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment paperwork and ran afoul of a policy that prohibits omissions. The case went up to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which issued an opinion saying the language could be left out i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58425798@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:21:04 MDT Utah football notes: Gionni Paul healthy, stepping up for Utes (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58422220-77/utah-utes-game-paul.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58422220-77/utah-utes-game-paul.html.csp">Utah football notes: Gionni Paul healthy, stepping up for Utes (VIDEO)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T23:17:20.203-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 11:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As Gionni Paul said himself, “One soldier goes down, the next one comes up.” Luckily for the Utes, they have a pretty decent linebacker coming in as reinforcement. Paul, a junior transfer from Miami, is in his second week of practice with the Utah defense, taking over as starting MAC linebacker. Healthy for the first time since April, the 5-foot-10, 227-pound bruiser has been generating positive reviews from coaches. Just in time, too: The Utes will be playing without junior Jason Whittingham, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58422220@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:17:20 MDT Arkansas State concerned about USU's defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58424650-55/arkansas-state-aggies-anderson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58424650-55/arkansas-state-aggies-anderson.html.csp">Arkansas State concerned about USU's defense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T11:08:01.982-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 11:08AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson downplayed any advantage he saw with Chuckie Keeton being sidelined for Saturday's game, noting the Aggies were still successful last year without him. "They've found ways to win," he said during his weekly teleconference call. "We have to do our jobs. Some of our biggest issues in past weeks had to do with our own communication breakdowns and technique breakdowns and we need to do our job and play more soundly and eliminate errors." Anderson said part of Arka...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58424650@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:08:01 MDT Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421093-89/usc-south-teams-ucla.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421093-89/usc-south-teams-ucla.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T16:15:53.133-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 04:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58421093@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:53 MDT Scott D. Pierce: Barkley paints with broad brush in defending Peterson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420283-77/barkley-abuse-child-defense.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420283-77/barkley-abuse-child-defense.html.csp">Scott D. Pierce: Barkley paints with broad brush in defending Peterson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott D. Pierce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T23:18:35.435-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 11:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In the midst of all the television talk about domestic violence and the NFL over the weekend, with players and even sportscasters suspended for what they’ve done and said, the most appalling comments came on CBS’ “NFL Today” when guest Charles Barkley defended child abuse. That’s harsh, but that’s what happened. Barkley defended Adrian Peterson abusing his child. If you’ve seen the pictures of what Peterson did to his 4-year-old son, beating him with a branch, there’s no gray area. There is no ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58420283@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:18:35 MDT Utah football notes — turnover battle critical for Utes against Michigan (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58417498-59/michigan-game-gardner-offense.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58417498-59/michigan-game-gardner-offense.html.csp">Utah football notes — turnover battle critical for Utes against Michigan (VIDEO)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T16:15:31.514-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 04:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417498@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:31 MDT