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Utah football: Utes’ loss to Arizona State ranks as one of Whittingham’s worst
Utah football » Loss to Arizona State is among the worst for Whittingham.

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It’s time to do something like that again, the players said.

"It’s going to take a team effort," Kruger said. "Everybody on the team has to rededicate themselves and get this monster we have on our back right now off. We need to get back into the groove."

At a glance

Whittingham’s worst losses

2006 » Lost to Boise State 36-3 — The No. 22 Broncos scored 33 straight points and forced five turnovers to give the Utes their worst loss at home in 17 years. The Utes gave up 398 yards and gained just 178 yards.

2007 » Lost at UNLV 27-0 — Utah, coming off an upset of No. 11 UCLA a week earlier, suffers its first shutout since losing to Arizona State 38-0 in 1993. The Utes responded to the lopsided loss by winning their next seven games, and it served as a lifting pad for the Utes’ undefeated run in 2008.

2009 » Lost at TCU 55-28 — ESPN College GameDay and an overflow crowd of 50,307 were on hand to watch No. 4 TCU beat No. 16 Utah. TCU scored three touchdowns in a span of 2:31 in the second quarter. Fans stormed the field to celebrate TCU’s 10-0 record following the game.

2010 » Lost to TCU 47-7 — A matchup of No. 4 TCU and No. 6 Utah turned into a lopsided affair, with TCU’s defense forcing three turnovers while clamping down on a Utah offense that ranked third nationally in scoring

2010 » Lost to Boise State 26-3 — A 10th-ranked Boise State team that missed out on a possible Rose Bowl appearance after an upset by Nevada dismantles Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes were without quarterback Jordan Wynn, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

2012 » Lost at Arizona State 37-7— A game anticipated to be an early matchup of two of the best teams in the South instead turns into an embarrassing blowout for the Utes, who trailed 31-7 at halftime. The Utes crossed into ASU territory only four times and advanced past ASU’s 35-yard line only once.

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USC at Utah, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., TV » ESPN

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