Friday, Oct 3 BYU. Recall the highs, lows and everything in between. The opponent was Alabama, who had lost only to Florida, and the Tide led that after three quarters. Justin Giles - August 26, 2018. 2008 Utah Utes Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham (4th season) Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT Record: 13-0 (8-0 MWC) Previous: 2007 Next: 2009 Johnson came out blazing in New Orleans and completed five passes to five different receivers, and Utah took a 7-0 lead. Get a summary of the BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes football game. College Football History Articles, Sports History Articles. Saturday, Aug 30 at UNLV. Before the first quarter was out, the Utes had a 21-zip lead. : Utah didn’t get a national title—but they did get 16 votes for #1, a surprisingly large number. The 2008 college football season was ultimately remembered for Florida’s victory over Oklahoma for the national championship and Alabama’s return to prominence under Nick Saban. Then Johnson got the ball back and again reeled off five more completions. Year-by-year seasonal narratives through noteworthy eras in the modern history of different franchises and programs. TheSportsNotebook has individual articles on the most consequential teams from that time period, from their key players to their season-defining moments. The four Utah players took a stroll down memory lane and talked about their favorite memories and plays from their special season. But the midmajor team that captured America’s sympathies deserves a little love themselves. Wire index, Saban wants pre-draft feedback timetable moved, Dismissed FSU QB apologizes for hitting woman, Papers: Paterno's son asked Meyer for job, Seminoles' Cook didn't hit woman, lawyer says, Top OT recruit Little decommits from Texas A&M. It was good enough to get Utah a ticket to the Sugar Bowl. Florida and Oklahoma already had a loss apiece when they met for the national title. L 66-24. 2008 Utah State Football Schedule. 2008 was different. Twitter. The 2008 college football season was ultimately remembered for Florida’s victory over Oklahoma for the national championship and Alabama’s return to prominence under Nick Saban.   L 58-10. But that ’04 team had played a much more pedestrian schedule and their bowl opponent was a four-loss Pitt team, mediocre by major bowl standards. Utah (13-0) was ranked No. L 27-17. The Horned Frogs were on their way to a ten-win season and just a year away from a run that would see them win 24 straight regular season games and the Rose Bowl following the 2010 season. Updated: December 15, 2008, 4:12 PM ET. In the rundown of 2008 champions, Utah is listed next to Florida, the BCS winner. ); Privacy Policy | Go deep into the heart of the 1978-88 era in baseball, college football and the NFL. W 42-17. The official 2008 Football schedule for the University of Utah Utes Utah also went outside the confines of their Mountain West Conference and beat Oregon State 31-28. Pinterest. Facebook. 2008 Utah Utes Roster. Alabama came fighting back, and cut the lead to 21-17 in the third quarter. But the midmajor team that captured America’s sympathies deserves a little love themselves. Click the images below to be taken into the library and back to another era. Utah went to Ann Arbor to start the season and got the Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan off to a poor start with a 25-23 win. Posted by KSL Sports on Thursday, April 30, 2020. 2004 had USC and Auburn each finish the bowl season with a perfect record. Terms of Service | National Champs! Brian Johnson was at quarterback, and the team had future NFL talent on the defensive side, with Paul Kruger at end and Sean Smith on the corner. The 2008 Utah football team was unlike 2004 not just in the quality of teams they beat, but in the circumstances surrounding them. The coaches’ poll was contractually obligated to take the Florida-Oklahoma winner. The official 2020 Football Roster for the University of Utah Utes Saban wants … ( ); : 2008 Utah Football–A Team That Won America’s Sympathy But No Title, The Seasonal Narrative Of The 1978 Cincinnati Reds, 1978 Purdue Football: A Breakout For Jim Young & Mark Herrmann, 1978 Ohio State Football: A Tough Season & The End Of Woody Hayes. The 2004 Utes enjoyed a perfect regular season and won the Fiesta Bowl, getting their coach, Urban Meyer, the chance to move up and win at Florida. Dan Flaherty ... MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES. Johnson turned a 3rd-and-10 into another touchdown pass, Utah added a field goal and the 31-17 upset was complete. Saturday, Sep 13 Utah. WhatsApp. Associated Press. Utah Football: Utes Recognized As 2008 National Champs! It produced a wave of sentiment to give Utah the AP national title, voted on by the writers.   The 2008 Utah football team did everything they realistically could to make their case for #1, including a memorable Sugar Bowl takedown of one of the big boys. View the 2008 Utah Utes schedule, results and scores for the 2008 FBS college football season. 2008 Utah Utes Roster. Video Platform powered by CBS Sports Digital, Utah Spirit Team Presented By Young Living, Sponsorship Opportunities - Utes Sports Properties, Video Platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. ( ); : Player Pos Ht Wt Yr Hometown, 1 Brice McCain DB 5-9 189 Sr Terrell, Texas, 2 Ray Stowers RB 6-0 223 Sr Honolulu, Hawaii, 2 Marquis Wilson WR 5-11 175 Sr Salt Lake City, Utah, 3 Brian Johnson QB 6-1 205 Sr Baytown, Texas, 4 Sean Smith DB 6-3 217 Jr Pasadena, California, 4 Matt Asiata RB 6-0 235 Jr West Valley City, Utah, 5 Brent Casteel WR 5-10 193 Sr San Francisco, California, 6 Darrell Mack RB 6-0 219 Sr Spring Valley, California, 7 RJ Rice DB 5-8 190 Sr Salt Lake CIty, Utah, 7 TJ Canales QB 6-0 190 Fr Layton, Utah, 8 Elijah Wesson WR 5-11 175 Jr Compton, California, 9 Aiona Key WR 6-4 194 Jr Citrus Heights, California, 10 Bryce Bennion DB 6-0 168 Fr South Jordan, Utah, 10 Stevenson Sylvester LB 6-2 220 Jr Las Vegas, Nevada, 11 Paul Kruger DE 6-5 255 So Orem, Utah, 12 Joe Dale DB 5-11 197 Jr Irving, Texas, 13 Luke Matthews WR 6-1 205 Fr Phoenix, Arizona, 14 Damilyn Tanner DB 5-10 175 Jr Sacramento, California, 15 DeVonte Christopher QB 6-1 183 Fr Las Vegas, Nevada, 16 David Reed WR 6-0 184 Jr New Britain, Connecticut, 16 Damon Miles LB 6-2 188 Fr Winters, California, 17 Robert Johnson DB 6-3 190 Jr Los Angeles, California, 18 Dudley LaPorte TE 6-3 250 Jr Stratford, Connecticut, 18 Chad Manis QB 6-5 225 So Lakewood, California, 19 Corbin Louks QB 6-0 185 So Danville, California, 19 Chris Jones DB 5-10 182 So La Jolla, California, 20 Ben Macey WR 6-1 180 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 20 Mike Wright LB 6-2 230 Jr Bountiful, Utah, 21 Terrell Cole DB 5-11 190 Sr Long Beach, California, 22 Sausan Shakerin RB 6-2 215 Fr Sandy, Utah, 23 Mookie Murphy DB 5-9 177 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 Justin Jones DB 5-10 170 Jr Marshall, Texas, 24 Lamar Chapman DB 5-8 160 Jr Compton, California, 25 RJ Stanford DB 5-11 180 Jr Chino, California, 26 Ryan Lacy WR 5-10 192 Fr Antelope, California, 27 Brandon Burton DB 6-0 180 Fr Houston, Texas, 28 Reggie Topps DB 5-11 180 Fr Prunedale, California, 29 Mychal Robinson WR 5-8 191 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 Sam Ewalefo WR 6-1 202 So Las Vegas, Nevada, 30 Ben Vroman K 5-11 187 Jr Salt Lake City, Utah, 31 Deshawn Richard DB 6-1 196 Sr Las Vegas, Nevada, 31 David Munoz WR 6-4 216 Jr Fountain Valley, California, 32 Chaz Walker DB 6-2 196 Fr Kaysville, Utah, 32 Lavelle Peterson RB 5-8 205 Fr La Canada Flintridge, California, 32 Zach Wade WR 6-3 200 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 33 Justin Taplin-Ross LB 6-3 210 So Murrieta, California, 34 Tysen Clements DB 6-0 203 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 34 Tage Clifford WR 6-1 215 Fr Roy, Utah, 35 Louie Sakoda K 5-10 178 Sr San Jose, California, 36 Trevor Hille DB 6-1 196 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 36 Eddie Wide RB 5-10 190 So Las Vegas, Nevada, 37 Grayson Dart DB 6-0 200 Fr Layton, Utah, 37 Lisi Leota LB 6-4 230 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 38 Judd Tolman WR 6-2 200 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 38 Forrest Dabb DB 5-10 190 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 39 Clint Mower LS 6-1 215 Sr Alpine, Utah, 40 Bo Hikila RB 5-11 233 Jr Seattle, Washington, 40 Zac Eldridge RB 6-0 225 So Sandy, Utah, 41 Koa Misi DE 6-3 263 Jr Santa Rosa, California, 42 Nai Fotu LB 6-1 232 So Laie, Hawaii, 43 Lei Talamaivao DT 6-2 290 So Rancho Cucamonga, California, 44 Dave Kruger DL 6-5 265 Fr Orem, Utah, 45 Toby Titus LB 6-0 218 So Orem, Utah, 45 Colt Sampson TE 6-4 250 Sr Pleasant Grove, Utah, 45 Kendrick Moeai WR 6-5 200 Fr West Jordan, Utah, 46 Trevor Moss RB 5-11 192 Jr Sandy, Utah, 46 Nick Liefting DB 6-1 180 Fr West Valley City, Utah, 47 Tatum Drecksel LB 6-2 240 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 48 Junior Fonua RB 5-9 226 Jr Rancho Cucamonga, California, 49 Greg Bird LB 6-2 225 Fr Mesa, Arizona, 50 Mo Neal LB 6-2 220 Fr Oakland, California, 51 Jamel King LB 6-3 225 So Murrieta, California, 52 Matt Martinez LB 6-0 230 So Murray, Utah, 53 Afa Garrigan LB 6-2 230 So Hauula, Hawaii, 54 Tevita Stevens OL 6-1 275 Fr Hemet, California, 54 Nate Jones LB 6-2 210 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 54 Andy St. Pierre LB 6-2 200 Fr Littleton, Colorado, 55 Siaki Cravens LB 6-2 230 Fr Temecula, California, 56 Greg Newman DT 6-4 260 Sr Thousand Oaks, California, 57 Tyler Williams OL 6-1 300 Jr Mililani, Hawaii, 58 Boo Andersen LB 6-1 230 Fr Sandy, Utah, 59 Kepa Gaison LB 5-11 230 Jr Kaneohe, Hawaii, 60 Scott Coleman LS 6-2 210 Jr Salt Lake City, Utah, 61 Jordan Nelson OL 6-5 345 Fr Idaho Falls, Idaho, 61 Tim Mathis P 5-8 184 Fr Sandy, Utah, 62 Patrick Greene LS 6-2 205 Fr Monrovia, California, 63 Coleman Petersen K 6-1 168 Fr Sandy, Utah, 63 Mike Lehr OL 6-3 265 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 65 Dustin Hensel OL 6-7 320 Sr La Palma, California, 66 Robert Conley OL 6-1 316 Sr La Marque, Texas, 67 Derek Tuimauga OL 6-4 325 Fr South Jordan, Utah, 68 Zane Beadles OL 6-4 312 Jr Sandy, Utah, 69 Domonique Lewis DL 6-1 275 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 70 Tony Bergstrom OL 6-6 290 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 71 Walter Watts OL 6-2 300 So Los Banos, California, 72 Caleb Schlauderaff OL 6-5 300 So Shelton, Washington, 73 Daniel Bukarau OL 6-2 283 So Kailua, Hawaii, 74 Corey Seiuli OL 6-3 320 Sr Provo, Utah, 75 Viliamu Nau OL 6-6 318 Jr Pomona, California, 75 Nano Tonga OL 6-5 270 Sr West Valley City, Utah, 76 David Astle OL 6-6 294 So Park City, Utah, 77 Zane Taylor OL 6-3 305 So Moab, Utah, 78 Louis Finner OL 6-3 295 Fr Plano, Texas, 79 Spencer Ashton OL 6-0 247 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 80 Chris Joppru TE 6-6 255 Jr Minnetonka, Minnesota, 81 Bradon Godfrey WR 6-3 197 Sr Layton, Utah, 82 John Peel WR 6-2 196 Sr Scottsdale, Arizona, 83 Ben Hendy TE 6-3 250 Jr Salt Lake City, Utah, 84 Brad Clifford TE 6-4 245 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 85 Jereme Brooks WR 5-9 170 So League City, Texas, 86 Mike Hicken WR 6-0 195 So Salt Lake City, Utah, 87 Collin Robinson WR 5-10 180 So Draper, Utah, 88 Freddie Brown WR 6-3 215 Sr La Verne, California, 89 Dallin Rogers TE 6-4 230 So Placerville, California, 89 Kody Thompson LB 5-11 206 Fr Sandy, Utah, 89 Neli A'asa TE 6-2 305 So Big Rapids, Michigan, 90 Derrick Shelby DE 6-3 240 Fr Houston, Texas, 91 Jake Bentrude DL 6-3 201 Fr Draper, Utah, 92 Kenape Eliapo DL 6-0 303 Jr San Francisco, California, 93 Thor Salanoa DE 6-2 210 Fr Honolulu, Hawaii, 94 Christian Cox DT 6-2 240 So Bountiful, Utah, 95 Blake Pacheco DL 6-1 232 Fr Salinas, California, 95 Sean Sellwood K 6-3 200 Fr Salt Lake City, Utah, 96 Junior Tui'one DE 6-1 250 So Lawndale, California, 97 Isley Filiaga DT 6-0 305 So Orem, Utah, 97 Nick Binks DE 6-5 220 Fr Bountiful, Utah, 98 Sealver Siliga OL 6-3 325 Fr West Jordan, Utah, 99 Aaron Tonga DL 6-2 305 Sr Pomona, California, This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire.