University Of Utah


1975-76 Utes
(Authentic Reproduction)

 

 

 


Head Coach Tom Lovat introduced the I Formation and a new helmet for 1975, hoping to stimulate a change in the teamís fortunes. Unfortunately it did not work out well as the changes did nothing for the seasonís results that duplicated the abysmal one win í74 season although the addition of a white circular multi-lined decal with a stylized red ďUĒ within it and a trailing feather, and rear identification numerals were a positive touch. The lone victory came against conference foe Wyoming who was also poor that season and the Utes were generally ineffective on both sides of the ball. Transfer quarterback Pat Degnan threw for 1621 yards, often to receiver Dick Graham, primarily because the team had to play catch-up a good deal of the time. Linebacker John Huddleston lasted two seasons with the Raiders. For í76 the 3-8, and 3-3 conference results were improvement, but still obviously inadequate. This marked 1976 as Lovatís final season as a head coach. Some fans saw panic and others saw necessity as Lovat brought in a large group of junior college transfers to try to turn things around. The highlight was the upset 31-28 victory over Arizona State on November 13, thanks to a late seventy-nine yard touchdown catch-and-run by receiver Mike Cordy on a Degnan throw. It followed a November 6th victory over poor New Mexico but rather than a new beginning, the Utes dropped their final two contests having demonstrated a lot of catch-up passing yards by quarterbacks Dan Haremann and an injured Degnan in combo with Cordy and JC transfer Jack Steptoe, the Conference Rookie Of The Year. Lovat may not have been suited for the Utah head coaching job but he had a long and productive career as a well- respected offensive line coach, going to the Stanford staff after his firing, and spending the remainder of his active career with five NFL clubs including two stints with the Packers. The next head coach would have to fight off the ascension of both BYU and Utah State.

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