1976 Utah Utes football team

Tom Lovat was the 11th professional head coach of the University of Utah Utes football team. His tenure lasted three seasons from 1974–1976, during which the Utes went 5–28 and made no bowl appearances. His win percentage of .152 is the worst among Utah head coaches (with the exception of Walter Shoup who only coached one game in 1895.)

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1974–1976)
1974 Utah 1–10 1–5 7th
1975 Utah 1–10 1–4 6th
1976 Utah 3–8 3–3 4th
Utah: 5–28 5–12
Total: 5–28
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


1974 season

1974
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1974 record 1–10 (1–5 WAC)
Head coach Tom Lovat
Offensive coordinator Jesse Cone
Defensive coordinator Don McCaulley[1]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 21 at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX L 7–34  
September 28 Oregon* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 16–23  
October 5 UCLA* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 14–27  
October 12 #12 Arizona Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 8–41  
October 19 at #15 Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ L 0–32  
October 26 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 13–31  
November 2 San Jose State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 6–24  
November 9 New Mexico Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) W 21–10  
November 16 at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 0–34  
November 23 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) L 20–48  
November 30 at LSU* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 10–35  
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season

NFL draft

Two players went in the 1975 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ike Spencer Running Back 11 285 Minnesota Vikings
Willie Armstead Wide Receiver 13 317 Cleveland Browns


1975 season

1975
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1975 record 1–10 (1–4 WAC)
Head coach Tom Lovat
Offensive coordinator Jesse Cone
Defensive coordinator Don McCaulley[4]
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 Utah State* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 7–13   26,101[5]
September 20 Washington State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 14–30   19,622[5]
September 27 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 7–21   32,864[5]
October 4 Iowa State* Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 3–31   16,096[5]
October 11 Wyoming Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 16–13   18,203[5]
October 18 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (The Bowl) L 23–27   15,010[5]
October 25 at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR L 7–18   10,500[5]
November 1 #10 Arizona State Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 14–40   15,833[5]
November 8 at Tennessee* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 7–40   67,437[5]
November 15 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Holy War) L 20–51   28,265[5]
November 22 at #11 Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 14–38   37,966[5]
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

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After the season

NFL draft

One player went in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Huddleston Linebacker 16 446 Denver Broncos


1976 season

1976
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1976 record 3–8 (3–3 WAC)
Head coach Tom Lovat
Home stadium Rice Stadium (32,500)

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18 6:30 PM at Rice* Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 22–43   17,000[7]
September 25 7:30 PM Oregon* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT L 13–21   25,617[7]
October 2 7:30 PM UTEP Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT W 38–14   20,111[7]
October 9 11:30 AM at Iowa State* Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA L 14–44   36,457[7]
October 16 1:30 PM at Utah State* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) L 17–28   18,322[7]
October 23 1:30 PM at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 22–45   20,609[7]
October 30 1:30 PM Arizona Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT L 35–38   18,231[7]
November 6 1:30 PM New Mexico Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (The Bowl) W 34–31   19,231[7]
November 13 7:30 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ W 31–28   40,076[7]
November 20 1:30 PM BYU Rice Stadium • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War) L 12–34   30,503[7]
November 27 5:30 PM at LSU* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–35   48,355[7]
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.
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After the season

NFL draft

No players went in the 1977 NFL Draft.


See also

References

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