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The 1961 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1961 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Salt Lake City at Ute Stadium.

1961 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
ConferenceSkyline Conference
1961 record6–4 (3–3 Skyline)
Head coachRay Nagel (4th season)
Home stadiumUte Stadium
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Utah State + 5 0 1     9 1 1
Wyoming + 5 0 1     6 1 2
Utah 3 3 0     6 4 0
New Mexico 3 3 0     7 4 0
Montana 2 4 0     2 6 0
BYU 2 4 0     2 8 0
Colorado State 0 6 0     0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Final season for conference
Rankings from AP Poll

Under fourth-year head coach Ray Nagel, the Utes were 6–4 overall and 3–3 in the final season of the Mountain States Conference (Skyline). The new Western Athletic Conference (WAC) debuted the following season.

Utah did not face longtime rival Colorado in the previous two years. This season the Utes upset the #8 Buffaloes in Boulder, Utah's first win since 1948.[1] After 1962, the series went on hiatus until 2011, when both schools joined the Pac-12 Conference.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 16Colorado StateW 40–0
September 23at Wisconsin*L 0–7
September 30Oregon*
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 14–6
October 7at Arizona State*W 28–26
October 14BYU
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (rivalry)
W 21–20
October 21at MontanaW 24–12
October 28Wyoming 
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
L 6–13
November 4at New MexicoL 16–21
November 11at No. 8 Colorado*W 21–12
November 18Utah State
L 6–17
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[3][4]

NFL draftEdit

One player was selected in the 1962 NFL Draft.[5]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Ed Pine Center 2 22 San Francisco 49ers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Utah eleven upsets Colorado by 21-12". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 12, 1961. p. 2B.
  2. ^ "Utah State 17-6". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 19, 1961. p. 2B.
  3. ^ "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. ^ "1961 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  5. ^ "1962 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11.