1943 Utah Utes football
ConferenceMountain States Conference
1943 record0–7 (0–2 MSC)
Head coachIke Armstrong (19th season)
Home stadiumUte Stadium
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The 1943 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1943 college football season. Utah considered cancelling football in 1943 due to World War II. College enrollment dropped significantly as many college-aged men enlisted in the armed services. LeRoy E. Cowles, President of the University of Utah asked that the team continue to play. Armstrong supported Cowles despite having a severe shortage of players. Only Colorado and Utah in the Mountain States Conference maintained a football team in 1943. To play a semblance of a full schedule, Utah played Colorado twice and resorted to playing enlisted men from Fort Warren, Wyoming.[1] The result was Utah's only winless season since going 0–1 in 1895.[2]


October 2Fort Warren, Wyoming*L 0–60
October 9at ColoradoL 0–35
October 16Nevada*
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
L 19–27
October 23at Tulsa*L 0–55
November 6Coloradodagger
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (rivalry)
L 19–22
November 13at Colorado College*L 0–64
November 25[[{{{school}}}|Saint Mary's]]*
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
L 0–34
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


After the seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Utah had two players selected in the 1944 NFL Draft.[5]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
George Betteridge Back 4 30 Detroit Lions
Nick Pappas Offensive and Defensive Tackle 27 281 Washington Redskins


  1. Hinckley, Shane (2010). University of Utah Football Vault : The History of the Utes. Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, LLC. p. 44. ISBN 0-7948-2797-7.
  2. "2010 Utah Football Media Guide". University of Utah Athletics. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
  3. "Ute Record Book". University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. "Coaching Records Game by Game Ike J. Armstrong 1943". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
  5. "1944 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2010-08-05.
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