Kyle Whittingham Wants To See His Team ‘Rise Up’ Against San Diego State

Sep 14, 2021, 1:15 PM
Kyle Whittingham vs. Weber State 2021...
Head coach Kyle Whittingham of the University of Utah Utes walks the sideline during a game against the Weber State Wildcats September 2, 2021 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After an upset loss to rival BYU on Saturday in Provo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham wants to see a lot of improvement from his team this week.

Kyle Whittingham said after the loss on Saturday that he would’ve bet his house on Utah winning the line of scrimmage and that wasn’t the case.

As Utah wraps up non-conference play this week against San Diego State in Carson, California, Whittingham knows his team will need to play much better than last week in Provo.

“They handled Arizona with no problem at all,” Whittingham said. “I mean, it was not even a contest. It was impressive to watch that tape and see how they operate. They got three good backs. They have a quarterback who who does a great job running that offense. They got a couple of tight ends that they really like and they got some wide receivers that are playmakers and the offensive line is physical. We are going to see every bit as physical an o-line this week as we did last week which means we have to rise up and play much better.”

Happy With The Play Calls?

Much was said after the game from people other than Whittingham and those inside the Utah program, that the play calling was not great. Too many predictable plays being called and not executing. Whittingham was asked about just that.

“It was kind of two different issues,” Whittingham stated. “On offense, our main issue was mental mistakes. We didn’t get beat physically, we blew assignments way too often on offense, particularly up front. Defense was the opposite, we were assignment sound, but we just got physically moved around and worn out. I didn’t think our offense got beat up physically. In a typical game, you have about a dozen drives, in this game, we had 10 drives. When you don’t count the one play kneel down at the end of the first half, I don’t count that. So other than that, you had 10 other drives when the first two are turnovers and the third one’s three and out. The beginning of the second half is a three and out and then you have a critical holding call and some blown assignments, there’s not many drives left. Your chances to score are so minimized. Another reason why the turnover margin is so critical, because when you turn the ball over, you’d essentially given a drive away. We got to maximize drives, and we got to be better, assignment wise offensively.”

Utah and San Diego State will battle on Saturday, September 18. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. MDT on CBS Sports Network.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Utah vs. USC...
Michelle Bodkin

Caleb Williams Is A Playmaker That Utah’s Defense Respects

Utah's defense will once more be tasked with the challenge of defending USC quarterback Caleb Williams in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday.
20 hours ago
Pac-12 Championship Game...
Michelle Bodkin

College Football Playoff Rankings Released, Set Up Pac-12 Title Battle

The latest CFP rankings have been released further setting up an epic battle between Utah and USC for the Pac-12 Title in Las Vegas.
2 days ago
Utah Pac-12 Championship 2021...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Athletics Announces Sellout Of Pac-12 Championship Ticket Allotment

Utah Athletics announced they sold out their allotment of Pac-12 Championship tickets thanking fans for their support of Utah football.
2 days ago
Rose Bowl Trophy with Helmets...
Michelle Bodkin

Possible Bowl Scenarios For Utes Based On Pac-12 Title Outcome

No. 12 Utah is set to take on No. 4 USC in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Championship on Friday which will ultimately determine their bowl game fate.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

All The Cards Have Fallen Into Place For Utah

The impossible was made possible Saturday night when all the cards fell into place for Utah to head back to Vegas for the Pac-12 Championship.
2 days ago
Kyle Whittingham Pac-12 Championship...
Michelle Bodkin

Kyle Whittingham On Pac-12 Title Game: We Love The Chip On Our Shoulder

Utah is coming into the Pac-12 Title Game in Las Vegas on Friday against USC as underdogs with a chip on their shoulder.
3 days ago
Kyle Whittingham Wants To See His Team ‘Rise Up’ Against San Diego State