1959 Utah Utes football team

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1959 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
Conference Mountain States Conference
1959 record 5–5 (3–2 MSC)
Head coach Ray Nagel (2nd season)
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 MSC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wyoming $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
Colorado State 5 2 0     6 4 0
New Mexico 4 2 0     7 3 0
Utah 3 2 0     5 5 0
Utah State 2 5 0     5 6 0
BYU 2 5 0     3 7 0
Denver 2 5 0     2 8 0
Montana 1 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1959 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Salt Lake City at Ute Stadium.

Under second-year head coach Ray Nagel, the Utes were 5–5 overall and 3–2 in the Mountain States Conference (Skyline), they were led on the field by junior quarterback Terry Nofsinger and senior safety (& halfback) Larry Wilson, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Conference members New Mexico and Montana were not played in 1960, and the Utes defeated both in-state rivals: BYU by twelve points and Utah State by fourteen.

For the first of two consecutive seasons, Utah did not face longtime rival Colorado; they first played in 1903 and had met every year except two (1909, 1918). The series resumed in 1961 and 1962, then went on hiatus until 2011, when both schools joined the Pac-12 Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 at Oregon* Hayward FieldEugene, Oregon [1] L   6–21  
October 3 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington [2] L   6–51  
October 9 BYU Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 20–8  
October 16 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado W 26–12  
October 24 Wyomingdagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L   7–21  
October 31 Arizona* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 54–6  
November 7 vs. Idaho* old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho W 47–13  
November 14 Colorado State Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah L  17–21  
November 21 Utah State Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 35–21  
November 28 at No. 20 UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California [3] L   6–21  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Source:[4][5]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had two players selected in the 1960 NFL Draft.[6]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Larry Wilson Defensive back 7 74 St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Polychronis Offensive tackle 18 216 New York Giants

Larry Wilson played thirteen NFL seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, his first year of eligibility.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strite, Dick (September 27, 1959). "Oregon 21-6 victor over Utes". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B. 
  2. ^ "Huskies romp past Utes in 51-6 game". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 4, 1959. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ "Bruins score early in 21-6 nod over Utes". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 29, 1959. p. 3B. 
  4. ^ "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  5. ^ "1959 record". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  6. ^ "1960 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Larry Wilson NFL & AFL Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11.