Saturday’s contest against No. 18 Arizona State marked Utah’s first home game since the death of Aaron Lowe on Sept. 26.
Lowe was honored in multiple ways.
Before the game, the Utah Marching Band spelled out the number 22 — the number that Ty Jordan, who passed away last December, and Lowe wore — as a tribute to them, and there was a 22-second moment of silence.
Also prior to the opening kickoff, a few Ute players knelt at the 22-yard line.
Between the third and fourth quarters, fans in attendance turned on the lights on their phones, and then a special video tribute was played in honor of Lowe and Jordan, followed by a “moment of loudness,” prompting rousing cheers from those in attendance.
Last Monday, two days after the Utes’ 42-26 victory at USC, the team flew to Dallas to attend Lowe’s memorial service.
“It was a great service. Thanks go out to our administration for making it possible,” Whittingham said Tuesday. “We essentially took the entire team and all the staff to Dallas for the service. It was good to be able to be there and support that. It was good to have our whole team there. … That was another positive thing about it, the closure aspect about it. Being able to have a service, it accomplished that.”
Last weekend, Utah debuted a new helmet sticker that the program will wear moving forward. The decal honors both Lowe and Jordan with their initials, “TJ” and “AL,” and it includes the words “Forever U.”