Chrony Sports’ Favorite MUSS Moments


The University of Utah student section cheers during an NCAA Basketball game vs. The University of Oregon at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)


Even though we at Chrony Sports are usually working when game time rolls around, there are those times when we are able to enjoy the games as members of the MUSS. From first time experiences to just being around with friends, the MUSS is the place to be. 


Sammy Mora

I’ve had the privilege of being able to attend all sorts of sporting events at the U since the age of two. And while I have some fantastic memories at football and gymnastics meets with my family, there is just something about the MUSS that makes the games feel completely different. Earlier this year I dragged former arts editor Palak Jayswal and copy chief Maddy La Turner to a Utah Women’s basketball game versus UCLA. Even though we lost, there was just something special about being in the MUSS with two of my best friends and spending time together. From trying to distract the Bruins girls while they were taking their free throws to the awkward dancing we did, it was one of the most fun sporting events I’ve ever been to. The laughs I shared with two of my best friends is something that I will treasure forever. While the MUSS is a great place for you to meet new friends, there is something even more fun about going with the friends you already have. And no matter what the outcome of the game is, there is always something you will remember from your time in the MUSS. 

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Cole Bagley

As a first-semester transfer student at the University of Utah, my favorite sports moment so far was the home football game against UCLA last season. This was my first experience as an actual student watching a game at Rice Eccles, and the Utes did not disappoint. Wearing their brand new throwback uniforms, the Utes played a near-perfect game of football against the Bruins. Tyler Huntley ran for a touchdown, passed for another and threw for 335 yards. Zack Moss ran for two touchdowns and 127 yards while Brant Kuithe had arguably his best game of the season recording five catches for 132 yards and scoring one touchdown. But the highlight play of the night was when Julian Blackmon forced a fumble that was scooped up by Mika Tafua and returned to the house for six points by the big man. The entire stadium absolutely erupted and from that point on it was a party at Rice Eccles Stadium as the Utes rolled the Bruins, 49-3.

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Carlos Padilla

A personal favorite moment from being a member of the MUSS came this past football season against the Cal Golden Bears. During the game, the skies opened up and unleashed on Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fans were drenched to the bone. I personally remember feeling as though I had stepped out of a swimming pool as I was dripping from head to toe. Although the weather was dreadful, the MUSS showed their pride. Students simply put on ponchos or toughed it out in order to cheer for their team. Rather than running for cover, students cheered, jumped in the rain and yelled louder. Never did the fans leave their team alone on the field. The fans were well rewarded as Zack Moss broke two more school records in the game — including the most 100-yard games in a career.  This experience will forever stand out as a testament to the loyalty and spirit of the Mighty Utah Student Section. No matter the weather, we will always be ready to cheer on our Utes!

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Ethan Pearce 

The most memorable game that I have attended at the U has been the win over Arizona State this past year in football. In my first year at the University of Utah, I had a great time being a member of the MUSS and attending all of our football home games last season. The win over Arizona State sticks out in my mind as the most memorable because of the amazing performance by the Utah defense. Arizona State had only 8 first downs the whole game only gained 136 total yards, only 25 of which were passing, and scored just 3 points. For the offense, Zack Moss tallied 99 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Tyler Huntley passed for 171 yards. Moss also broke the school’s rushing record in the game. In what has become a bit of a chippy rivalry over the past few years, Utah totally stifled ASU’s offense and rolled on their way to a dominating 21-3 victory. Out of all the games I’ve been to, the crowd was the most fired up here as the Utes silenced doubters and put the Sun Devils in their place.

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