Utah football: Utah still ‘bitter’ about last year’s loss to SDSU

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising runs the ball during game against San Diego State Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Carson, Calif. Rising and the rest of the Utes hope to get the bad taste of last year’s loss to the Aztecs out of their mouth when the two teams meet Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

Ashley Landis, Associated Press

Utah running back Micah Bernard remembers walking out of ​​Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, one year ago after the Utes’ 33-31 triple-overtime setback against San Diego State.

The game took place near his hometown and it was the first time his nieces had watched him play in person. 

“That was heartfelt for me,” Bernard recalled. 

Then reality sank in. 

“I was like, ‘We just lost this game that we should have won.’ It was a hard ride back home. But we turned it around the next week.”

Indeed, that loss was a defining moment for the Utes, who left Carson with a 1-2 record but ended up winning nine of their next 10 games and capturing their first Pac-12 championship. 

“It was a turning point. We caught fire. That felt good,” Bernard said. “We all had a wake-up call. We knew what we wanted, we knew how to achieve that and that’s what we got done.”

Now the No. 14 Utes have a shot to avenge last year’s loss to SDSU Saturday (8 p.m. MDT, ESPN2).

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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