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1996 Utah Utes football
Copper Bowl vs. Wisconsin, L, 38–10
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
DivisionMountain Division
1996 record8–4 (6–2 WAC)
Head coachRon McBride (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorFred Graves (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorKyle Whittingham (2nd season)
Home stadiumRice Stadium (32,500)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 5 BYU x   8 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific Division
No. 22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 OT
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 season started with a loss at Utah State, but the team quickly turned things around, winning the next 7 games and climbing to a #20 ranking in the AP Poll. This run came to a crashing halt when the Utes suffered their worst loss in six years to the Rice Owls, giving up 496 yards rushing.[1] This set the tone for the end of the season, with the Utes going 1-3 in their last four games, giving up a total of 1,439 yards rushing in these 4 games (359.75 avg), including a 38–10 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the 1996 Copper Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 PMat Utah State*L 17–2030,257
September 75:00 PMat Stanford*ABCW 17–1034,587
September 146:00 PMat SMUKJZZW 21–1722,614
September 217:00 PMFresno StateW 45–1732,539
September 287:00 PMNo. 20 Kansas*
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
ESPN2W 45–4232,519
October 51:00 PMat UTEPNo. 24W 34–2728,271
October 1912:00 PMTCUNo. 24
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
W 21–728,786
October 2612:00 PMTulsadaggerNo. 21
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT
W 45–1929,047
November 21:00 PMat RiceNo. 20L 10–5123,250
November 98:00 PMat New MexicoESPN2W 31–2422,241
November 2310:30 AMNo. 8 BYU
  • Rice Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, UT (Holy War)
ESPNL 17–3735,378
December 277:00 PMvs. Wisconsin*ESPNL 10–3842,122
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

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After the seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

No players went in the 1997 NFL Draft.

CFL draftEdit

Chad Folk 1st overall in the 1997 CFL Draft

ReferencesEdit

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