Posted: September 2, 2010 by Davey Jacobson in BCS, Ducky D, Football, NCAA, Upsets
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On Day 1 of the college football season, the Utah Utes pulled off one hell of an upset against the Pittsburgh Panthers, beating them 27-24 in OT.

In the ballsiest of moves, Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham called two consecutive timeouts with 0:03 seconds left in the 4th quarter, forcing Pittsburgh kicker, Dan Hutchins, to attempt a field goal 3 times. On Hutchins’ second attempt, had Coach Whittingham chose not to call a timeout, the game would’ve ended with Utah winning 24-21. Luckily for Hutchins, the third time was a charm as his attempt was good and the game was now headed to OT.

Thankfully for Coach Whittingham, he didn’t have to live with the mistake of calling a timeout prior to Hutchins’ missed second field goal attempt for all that long. On the very first play in OT, Utah’s Brian Blechen intercepted a pass intended for Pittsburgh’s Mike Shanahan, which ultimately set up Joe Phillips’ 21-yard field goal.

Now here comes my question to all the readers out there: How greatly do you think this loss will affect Pittsburgh’s BCS opportunities? Utah’s been on the rise for the last few years and really gained notice after they beat Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, a team who would go on to win the National Title the following year. The only thing I’m bummed about: the fact that Utah’s leaving the Mountain West at the end of the year to head to the Pac-10…ugh, I mean the Pac-12.

  1. AJ says:

    Every year, Pitt is picked to win the Big East; be the sleeper team of the year…blah, blah, blah…….and sure enough, they lose to a squad they should – well, according to the hype – beat without breaking a sweat….see Utah ’10; NCSt ’09; Bowling Green ’08….shall I continue?? I’m sick of hearing about Pitt – but I guess it’ll continue as long as the writers need something to hold on to, to keep the Big East relevant.

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