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Kenny Dillingham Wasn’t Upset About Utah’s Late Touchdown

Utah had the ball late in the game, just prepared to end it, but they didn’t. Instead, they ran one in from 22 yards with eight seconds left on the clock to increase their lead to 52. Usually, coaches would be upset about that play. They would call it bad sportsmanship. Kenny Dillingham, however, was not upset about the call.

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“No, they are playing football. Our job is to stop them.” Dillingham said, “I don’t care if they would have thrown it. This is not Pop Warner. This is collegiate football. If they would’ve been throwing the ball all fourth quarter, I would’ve been perfectly fine with it. If they would’ve felt like they needed to get work in with the quarterback and throw the ball, that’s their decision. No issue with it at all.”

A refreshing young look at a play that is usually an unwritten rule in a game that was already completely out of hand. Dillingham has pride in his team, and despite them losing in terrible fashion, he was able to keep his humor and offensive brilliance during the postgame press conference.

I would have to agree with the coach. If you can’t stop a run that late in the game, they deserve to score. You got to play until the final whistle sounds, and ASU didn’t do that.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham told the media postgame that “I can’t tell a kid to fall down.” Which is 100% true, nor would you want to. I don’t agree with fans getting angry at this play.

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