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COACH AND PROGRAM
There was much to be happy about in Salt Lake City after last season. Utah won eight of its final nine games, the victories coming by an average of 17.8 points per game, and capped the season with a 35-32 win against Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, the program's seventh straight postseason win.
Despite all that success, it must be difficult for the Utes not to look back and wonder what might have been. For as good as October, November and December were, September was equally disastrous. Utah endured a crippling string of skill-position injuries that effectively dashed the team's grandest dreams before the end of the second game.