1959 Utah Utes football
ConferenceSkyline Conference
1959 record5–5 (3–2 Skyline)
Head coachRay Nagel (2nd season)
Home stadiumUte Stadium
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Template:1959 Skyline Conference football standings The 1959 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1959 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Salt Lake City at Ute Stadium.

Under second-year head coach Ray Nagel, the Utes were 5–5 overall and 3–2 in the Skyline Conference (Skyline). They were led on the field by junior quarterback Terry Nofsinger and senior safety (& halfback) Larry Wilson, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Conference members New Mexico and Montana were not played in 1960, and the Utes defeated both in-state rivals: BYU by twelve points and Utah State by fourteen.

For the first of two consecutive seasons, Utah did not face longtime rival Colorado; they first played in 1903 and had met every year except two (1909, 1918). The series resumed in 1961 and 1962, then went on hiatus until 2011, when both schools joined the Pac-12 Conference.


September 26at Oregon*L 6–21
October 3at Washington*L 6–51
October 9BYUW 20–8
October 16at DenverW 26–12
October 24Wyomingdagger
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
L 7–21
October 31Arizona*
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 54–6
November 7vs. Idaho*W 47–13
November 14Colorado State
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
L 17–21
November 21Utah State
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (rivalry)
W 35–21
November 28at No. 20 UCLA*L 6–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


NFL draftEdit

Utah had two players selected in the 1960 NFL Draft.[6]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Larry Wilson Defensive back 7 74 St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Polychronis Offensive tackle 18 216 New York Giants

Larry Wilson played thirteen NFL seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, his first year of eligibility.[7]


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