While we are waiting for football to return, whenever that happens, I thought it might be fun to reminisce about some of the key moments that occurred during the modern era. By “key moments“ I mean games or events that definitely pushed the program upward towards its current level of prominence and success.
I’ll start with the Freedom Bowl in 1994. Many here are not old enough to appreciate that game, but we ended up ranked 10th in the country, our highest ranking in many years. I remember feeling so happy after that game. I really was on cloud nine.
I remember driving down to Anaheim from LA with my wife and then two sons. It was very exciting, and we beat a good Arizona team on a last minute play. Afterwards, we went to the team hotel. It was decorated with Utah gear, the hotel staff were in Utah shirts, and the atmosphere was the most festive I had ever seen around any Utah athletic event. I remember thinking I could hardly believe my eyes. My good wife, knowing how much it meant to me, somehow got hold of a football signed by all the members of that Utah team and gave it to me for Christmas. I still have it.
What do you remember about that game? What is your first memory of a significant step upwards for Utah football?