Utes want the world to be loud for Jordan, Lowe at the Rose Bowl


FILE - Utah players remove their helmets and point skyward to honor Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe in the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Salt Lake City.  The University of Utah retired the number 22 in honor of the deaths of Jordan and Lowe.  At some point near the start of the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl on Saturday, Arroyo Seco football fans will rise together in memory of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe.  Instead of joining in a moment of silence, fans in Utah and Ohio State will cheer, stomp, clap and scream with all their hearts.  (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, file)

FILE – Utah players remove their helmets and point skyward to honor Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe in the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Salt Lake City. The University of Utah retired the number 22 in honor of the deaths of Jordan and Lowe. At some point near the start of the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl on Saturday, Arroyo Seco football fans will rise together in memory of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe. Instead of joining in a moment of silence, fans in Utah and Ohio State will cheer, stomp, clap and scream with all their hearts. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, file)

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At one point, as the sun sets near the start of the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl on Saturday, Arroyo Seco football fans will rise together in memory of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe.

Instead of joining in a moment of silence, fans in Utah and Ohio State will cheer, stomp, clap and scream with all their hearts.

This Moment of Loudness, as the Utes call it, is the catharsis vehicle chosen by this resilient football team to face the unfathomable double tragedy inflicted on the Utah program over the past 12 months.

Cheers never erase tears, but they transform the Utes’ deep and pervasive sadness into something hopeful, something positive – something to keep Jordan and Lowe alive in their hearts long after their gun deaths. fire.

“We’ve been through a lot this year,” said defensive back Clark Phillips. “We had goals and we lost people along the way. Just being in this game was something we dreamed of, and it’s something they dreamed of too. It’s been a lot of bittersweet moments.

Utah’s first trip to “Grandpa of All” is a time for the ages among its legions of loyal fans, and none of these Utes could ever forget the unsuccessful duo.

The deaths of the two close friends and former high school teammates upended the program they left behind, but the Utes rallied in their absence to win the school’s first Pac-12 title during the season. one of the most memorable seasons in Utah history.

The Utes’ love for Jordan and Lowe hung over it all.

“It really brought us together and made us a more cohesive group,” said Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, whose mid-season rise to the starting position catalyzed the Utes’ role to the tile. Pac-12.

“It really allowed us to be successful together because we were able to build on each other in different ways,” Rising added. “And it made the difference in having this level of trust in each other. You just know the next guy in the room really loves you. It makes a difference.

The proximity to the Utes manifests itself in countless ways. As NFL hopefuls across the country have given up bowl games in recent weeks to preserve their health for future paychecks, each of these Utes – in a program that has produced 26 NFL rookies over the years. last six years – stayed to play Pasadena.

“It’s really important not only for the seniors but also for the underclassmen,” said offensive lineman Nick Ford, an LA native and one of six Utes to declare for the draft. “They see how important it is. With all the adversity they’ve faced this year with Ty and A-Lowe, I feel like it matured them a little quicker than having to stay in the program for two or three years. I think everyone on the team, especially those who have come back, find it really important to move on and finish.

“Because we’re here, so why can’t we?” “

Jordan’s lone season in Utah was incredibly promising: the former Texas commit rushed for 597 yards and six touchdowns in five games in empty stadiums, becoming Utah’s first freshman since the 1990s star Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala to show three straight 100-yard games on the floor.

Jordan died on Christmas 2020 in Denton, Texas, apparently after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach. The Utes attended the heart-wrenching funeral in Arlington, with teammates serving as porters.

Lowe, a third-year defensive back, has appeared in Utah’s first four games this season and earned Whittingham’s praise as a team manager. He even changed his uniform number from 2 to 22 for Jordan.

Lowe died at a house party in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake after an apparent argument as Lowe tried to move his car. A suspect was quickly arrested, but the drama further traumatized the Utes, some of whom had attended the same party.

The Utes hosted their first Moment of Loudness for Jordan in their opener against Weber State. After a brief scoreboard video explaining the plan to honor Jordan with the cheers he never heard at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Utes set off fireworks as the crowd rose to a standing ovation up thunderous.

They continued after Lowe’s death in home games and again in the Pac-12 title game in Las Vegas, where fans held up thousands of phone lights in the second quarter.

Saturday’s Moment of Loudness won’t be limited to Pasadena, either. Utah is encouraging everyone watching the Rose Bowl at home to join in on the camera lights and cheers, even going so far as to film a video of themselves paying a final tribute to Jordan and Lowe from afar.

“We want them to be here with us,” said linebacker Nephi Sewell. “But we know they’re looking out for us, and they’ve played every game with us.”

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