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From the Sidelines: A day to remember ... and to forget
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By Shain Gillet


Clipper Sports Editor

Opening weekend of the college football season was upon us all as universities from around the nation made their first appearances on Saturday.

Even though last Saturday was an opening act into what will be the last season under the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS if you prefer, for some of our local teams, Saturday was a day of games to remember.

It may have been one to forget, too.

Before the rest of the nation kicked off their season, locally, Utah and Utah State got things started last Thursday with a game that most fans will remember.

Utes fans will likely remember the win, 30-26, while forgetting that for the majority of the game Utah looked confused and disoriented at times.

My father-in-law, who was at the game, said Utah looked as if it had forgotten there was a game happening until the second half, and even then they didn’t pick up the pace until it was almost too late.

I watched the second half from my house, and agreed with him on some points.

But a win is a win, as they say, and Weber State is an opponent Utah can easily take care of for reasons I’ll explain later.

BYU’s performance against Virginia is already a loss that everyone in blue wants to forget. It was close by final score standards, yes, but the game opened some eyes for BYU fans as the Cougars prepare to face 15th-ranked Texas this Saturday.

I didn’t get a chance to watch this game, but based on what I’ve read from other news sites, BYU has a lot of exposures they’ll need to clean up. Texas is not a pushover, and a lopsided victory is probably in store for the Longhorns.

Now to the fun part: Utah’s game against the Wildcats on Saturday.

While I only watched one half of Utah’s game on TV, I watched the entire Weber State game at Stewart Stadium last Saturday against Stephen F. Austin.

While the first half was fun and exciting for Weber State fans, the second half left them scratching their heads.

The first half ended with Weber up 23-10. A quick opening drive score by Weber on offense got things going, and then they threw in a two-point conversion for good measure to make it 8-0.

An interception return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown made it 23-7 by the end of the first quarter, and things went from bad to worse once the second half started.

Leading 23-10, the Lumberjacks went just two plays on offense before scoring to cut Weber State’s lead to six. The Wildcats responded, but so did Stephen F. Austin, on nearly every possession.

The offensive game plan for the Lumberjacks went something like this: short pass for two yards, deep pass for 20-plus yards. Short run of three yards, deep pass of another 20-plus yards.

It was frustrating to watch. Before Weber State figured out what was going on, it had given up 30 points in less than 20 minutes and nearly lost the lead.

Weber won 50-40, but left a bad impression on me heading into Saturday’s game with Utah.

So as it usually is, the opening salvo of the season left fans with something to remember and something to forget.

In my mind, it was a day to remember and forget.

At least Alabama won. Roll Tide.

sgillet@davisclipper.com

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