Utah Utes Football Team has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years. But there have been some truly memorable moments that have made up for a good portion of the team’s history. Here is our list of the top 7 best matches in Utah Utes Football history:
1. The 2004 Fiesta Bowl win against Pittsburgh
This match was one of the most exciting games on record. The Utes went into halftime with a slim lead, but exploded in the second half with 35 unanswered points to take home a decisive victory, earning them their first-ever BCS bowl game appearance and victory.
2. The 2008 Sugar Bowl win against Alabama
This match was the Utes’ third-ever BCS bowl game appearance and first ever victory, making them the first non-BCS conference school to ever beat a BCS school in a BCS bowl game. The Utes pulled off an improbable win with quarterback Brian Johnson leading the way en route to an undefeated 13–0 season.
3. The 2009 LaVell Edwards Classic win against TCU
This was a thrilling matchup between two top teams, and with Utah down by seven late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Terrance Cain rallied to score a touchdown and secure the victory. It was Cain’s heroics that made this one of the most memorable wins in Utes history.
4. The 2010 Poinsettia Bowl win against California
This bowl game was memorable due to the fact that it was the first time in school history that the Utes had been invited to a bowl game outside of the BCS system. This victory marked the start of an impressive four-year bowl streak, which included two more wins in 2011 and 2012.
5. The 2016 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl win against BYU
Utah won this matchup with a late fourth quarter score by running back Joe Williams to secure their ninth consecutive bowl victory—the longest such streak in school history at the time.
6. The 2017 Foster Farms Bowl win against Indiana
The Utes pulled off an impressive comeback in this game, as quarterback Tyler Huntley led the team to a 38–27 victory. It was Utah’s tenth consecutive bowl win, setting a new school record.
7. The 2019 Pac-12 Championship Game win against Washington
The Utes won this match thanks to their tough defense and timely offense, led by running back Zack Moss and quarterback Tyler Huntley. This victory earned them their first ever Pac-12 championship title and set up a Rose Bowl berth in 2020—the first time the Utes had been invited to the prestigious event since 1997.
Each one of these matches was instrumental in shaping the history of the Utah Utes football program, and will surely be remembered for years to come. No matter how the team’s future games turn out, these seven matches will remain as some of its most memorable accomplishments.
The Utes have been a dominant force in college football for years, and these seven best matches are only a fraction of what makes up their storied history. As they continue to compete at the highest level, more incredible achievements are sure to come—and fans can’t wait to see what’s next!