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The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 4
First Published Jul 22 2014 08:57 am • Last Updated Jul 24 2014 11:29 am

Reaching back far into Utah’s football history, the 1930 Utes are worth mentioning as one of the best teams of all-time. Utah was a powerhouse that year, going undefeated by outscoring opponents by 320 points and only surrendering 20 points the entire season. The Utes finished with 42.5 points per game and surrendered only 2.5 per game, running the table in the Rocky Mountain Conference under coach Ike Armstrong. Here’s a look at the fourth-best Utah football season of all-time:

Biggest moment » Utah owned BYU in that era and a 34-7 victory over the Cougars in week three of that season was no exception. The Utes rolled throughout the game, as tailback Frank Christensen rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown and Ray Forsberg tossed three touchdowns of his own.

Lowest point » There weren’t many down moments during this season as Utah was consistently in a class above the other teams in the Rocky Mountain Conference. However, the relative mystery of the Utes program kept the team from receiving national attention, precluding Utah from securing a postseason game with teams on the east coast. If the Utes had a chance to play a team from across the country, the program might have raised its profile significantly.

Season MVP » Christensen, a sophomore at the time, was supposed to be nothing more than a backup in 1930, but an injury to presumed senior star Preston Summerhays allowed Christensen to take off. He rushed for an astounding 201 yards and three touchdowns against conference runner-up Colorado and added 144 yards and two touchdowns against Utah State. Overall, he rushed for 1,131 yards and 10 touchdowns on 221 carries that season, good for over five yards per carry.

Legacy » It was a much different era for college football, but this Utes team still deserves significant praise. As the Utah program’s third undefeated team in history, these Utes likely could have played and beaten any other team in the country with a combination of stingy defense and multi-faceted offense had they been given the chance. Armstrong built a consistent winner in this era, leading Utah to 20 winning seasons out of 25 years on the job, with the 1930 team standing as the best among the group.

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