I'm going to agree with Al on this one. Utah's win last week over UCLA was a fluke. Utah was just shut out by a team that hasn't won more than one conference game since 2003. They haven't even finished anywhere but last in the conference since 2001. Now, they have the upper hand on the Utes.
Against UCLA everything that the Utes did worked out very well in their favor. Against the Rebels, it was obviously the opposite. Utah struggled to contain the [sarcasm]high-powered[/sarcasm] Mike Sanford offense. Utah was able to move the ball relatively well. They only ended the game with 40 yards less offense than the Rebels, but the only stat the matters is the one from the scoreboard.
Once again Utah could not stop the running game. UNLV's running back Frank Summers had a fantastic game running for 190 yards. I'd guesstimate that 3/4 of those yards came after contact. Utah simply could not tackle him. Everybody except LB Stevenson Sylvester must have bet against Utah at Caesar's Palace before heading over to the game.
At church on Sunday I found it funny how angry everybody was about the loss. Sure it was the first time that Utah has been shut out in 14 years, and the last time they were shut out it was to a top-10 team. Sure it was only Utah's second loss to UNLV ever, and their first since 1979. My feelings were far beyond anger and had reached the point that I actually found Utah's lost kind of funny.
Utah State better watch out - I still expect Saturday's game to be a real nail-biter...