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Guaranteeing a win: Utah football player sends preemptive strike

Members of the Utah football team have guaranteed the win over Boise State at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Guarantees have a funny way of not going well. Just ask Wyoming.

ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER - Guarenteeing victory isn't something the Boise State Broncos are used to hearing, but they'll happily use it as bulliten board material. ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER - Guarenteeing victory isn't something the Boise State Broncos are used to hearing, but they'll happily use it as bulliten board material.
ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER - Guarenteeing victory isn't something the Boise State Broncos are used to hearing, but they'll happily use it as bulliten board material.

ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER - Guaranteeing victory isn't something the Boise State Broncos are used to hearing, but they'll happily use it as bulletin board material.

In 2007, Wyoming head football coach Joe Glenn guaranteed victory for his Wyoming Cowboys over the Utah Utes. The result was a one-sided beat down for Glenn and his ‘Boys.

Utah did not just win the game 50-0; they rubbed it in the Cowboys’ faces. Trick plays, going for it on fourth down and attempting onside kicks while ahead by more than forty points was what Wyoming got from the Utes on that day.

Flash forward to December 7, 2010. At halftime of the Pepperdine – Utah basketball game, the Utes football team was honored for the trip to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Utah head coach Kyle Wittingham, center Zane Taylor and defensive end Christian Cox encouraged the crowd to support the team and make the trip to Sin City.What followed next was Cox’s statement on the game.

“I promise a victory against Boise State in Las Vegas,” he said. “You better be there.”

As we learned from Wyoming, making any sort of promises or guarantees is a risky thing to do. Statements like those are no just words that dissipate into the atmosphere, they are held onto and remembered.

After Wittingham’s team rolled Wyoming back in 2007, he had these things to say about the Cowboy’s guarantee at the post-game press conference.

“You open your mouth, it’s not like it just goes by the wayside. That’s not how it works,” he said. “You open your mouth, you’re accountable. You are accountable for what you say and what you do. You can’t just say things and then just sweep them away.”

Wittingham went on to say that he doesn’t like it when people make guarantees and that it happens too often in the sporting world. Wittingham’s reaction to Cox’s own guarantee isn’t known but if he is true to his word, he wasn’t happy about it.

Making guarantees is a dangerous way to live. Once a guarantee is made, it’s put up or shut up. You know what, honestly, Dec. 23 is going to be all shut-up.

The Utes are a wounded duck right now. Their quarterback, Jordan Wynn, is out after having a season ending shoulder surgery and Utes’ rushing game has dropped off since November.

Defensively, they’ve been sound all season in defending the run, but since November, they’ve allowed an average of more than 300 yards a game passing. The most notable, 528 yards allowed to San Diego St.

Utah and Boise State are two very different teams who come into the bowl game both after falling short of promising season. Utah lost big to TCU when ranked No. 5, then followed it up with a loss to an average at best Notre Dame team.

BSU is a team still playing with the bitter aftertaste from a loss to Nevada. The Broncos must win this game to have closure on a season that had not lived up to the expectations.

The Broncos have a scary offense protected by a scary defense. Expect both sides of the ball to be all the more charged for Utah when they take the field.

Utah’s Wittingham said that you are accountable for what you say and what you do. It’s only the nature of Bronco football to remind Wittingham and his team of those words said back in 2007 and to hold them accountable for the words said last week.

10 Comments on Guaranteeing a win: Utah football player sends preemptive strike

  1. Knuckle Dragger // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm //

    It sucks to be Utah

  2. It doesn't suck to be Utah. Utah is going to the Pac. They will recieve millions more every year to help enhance f their facilities and their stadium. They will get a boost in recuriting based simply on the fact that a one loss season wouldn't mean playing in a non-bcs bowl. Wether or not they are competitive in the PAC remains to be seen, but the fact of the matter is that they are now in the big leagues. It's not fair that the WAC and the MWC are dissed but things aren't going to change in college football for a very long time – too much money is at stake. What happened to Utah (luck or more than luck) is like being hired by work in a top position at Google after you've been working at the help desk for some government agency.
    The table has been set, the future is what they make of it. They are now made men, the Don of the Pac family has given them his blessing.

  3. LEARN TO SPELL // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm //

    it's Whittingham, not wittingham.

  4. Wake Up Call // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm //

    Aren't you saying the same thing? The Bronco's are going to win? Contradicting much?

  5. Matt Haggerty // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm //

    Witttingham is a dimwit. And your glorifying anything about that game in his name is a joke. I can't believe you guys could only dig up HALF of the story.. . You can't do better? Just to set the record straight, Glenn's comment was in a little student lounge at the Wyo student union, and it was said as a dare to a handful of college kids to fire them up in support of their team, which was on the ropes and heading into a game which everyone knew (especially Wittingham) would be like a buzzsaw for the Cowboys and needed any shred of motivation they could grasp. The REAL story is how the unsportsman-like Wittingham had to squirm after he shoved his victory in the face of –not Joe Glenn, whose good-natured rah-rah he knew well—but in the faces of the Wyo kids who were beaten into the ground at the point in the game( down 50 pts? or so) when the utes pulled an onside kick. If you know anything about the game, it's Wittingham who was shamed by his own action and, sadly, the guy can never live it down. How much cooler your story would be if you had made Wittingham the butt of your joke instead of Glenn—a really awesome guy who was a credit to the game of football and is and will always be respected by everybody he ever met.. That said, Go Broncos.

    • You know all you did was ramble on?
      Whittingham, also, has led Utah to more impressive victories over the years: 31-17 v 'Bama in the Sugar Bowl, oh, did you just forget that one? Or the Six straight bowl game wins, went 34-6 in the last two years.

  6. 34-6 IN THE LAST 2 YEARS? Really? That's playing 20 games per year. Idaho Ute…go back to Utah!

  7. I Pressed 2 instead of 3 on accident, my bad. Calm down kid.

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