1979 Utah Utes football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1979 record6–6 (5–2 WAC)
Head coachWayne Howard (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorRon McBride[1]
Defensive coordinatorTom Gadd[1]
Home stadiumRice Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 BYU 7 0 0     11 1 0
Utah 5 2 0     6 6 0
San Diego State 4 2 0     8 3 0
Hawaii 3 3 0     6 5 0
New Mexico 3 4 0     6 6 0
Colorado State 3 4 0     4 7 1
Wyoming 2 5 0     4 8 0
UTEP 0 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Utah Utes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Utah during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Wayne Howard led the team to a 5–2 mark in the WAC and 6–6 overall.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 17:30 PMLong Beach State*W 34–1026,238[2]
September 811:30 PMat HawaiiW 27–2341,511[2]
September 152:30 PMat No. 14 Washington*L 7–4149,416[2]
September 225:30 PMat Tennessee*L 18–5185,783[2]
September 297:30 PMUtah State*
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City (rivalry)
L 21–4731,108[2]
October 61:30 PMat Colorado StateW 21–1627,257[2]
October 137:30 PMWyoming
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 24–1425,258[2]
October 207:30 PMat UNLV*L 41–4324,782[2]
October 271:30 PMSan Diego State
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
L 13–1722,196[2]
November 34:00 PMat New MexicoW 26–719,093[2]
November 101:30 PMUTEPdagger
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City
W 35–025,016[2]
November 171:30 PMat No. 10 BYUL 0–2740,236[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

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Roster[edit | edit source]

1979 Utah Utes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 82 Folsom, SteveSteve Folsom Jr
G 68 Haley, DarrylDarryl Haley So
QB 10 Hodge, FloydFloyd Hodge Jr
G 64 Miraldi, DeanDean Miraldi Jr
RB 33 Rodgers, DelDel Rodgers So
RB 11 Walker, LewisLewis Walker Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 99 Clark, SteveSteve Clark So
DB 1 Griffin, JeffJeff Griffin Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

NFL draft[edit | edit source]

One player went in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Lewis Walker Running Back 10 268 Washington Redskins

References[edit | edit source]

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