UTAH 45, COLORADO 15
GAME TWELVE – NOV. 30 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah football team clinched a spot in the
Pac-12 Championship game tonight after winning its second straight and third
overall Pac-12 South Title. The Utes put together a dominating performance in front
of 46,879 fans in Rice-Eccles Stadium tonight, beating the Colorado Buffaloes 45-15.
The Utes will take on the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship game on
Friday, Dec. 6 in Santa Clara, Calif. at Levi’s Stadium. The game is set to kick off
at 6 p.m. MT on ABC with tickets available here.
The Utes improved to 11-1 overall this season, the second time to have over
10 wins in program history. Utah also finished with a conference record of 8-1,
its best record since joining the league and the first time the Utes have won eight
conference games since 2008.
After Colorado would rack up 91 yards of total offense in the first quarter, the
Utes would only allow 126 for the remainder of the game. The Utes would once
again keep its opponent to under 100 yards rushing, holding them to 60 yards
rushing with the Buffaloes only averaging 1.9 yards per rush.
On offense, Utah finished with 372 yards (165 passing, 207 rushing), averaging
6.4 yards per play while winning the first down battle with 17. Tyler Huntley
finished the game with 165 yards on 14-of-17 passing (0 INT) and two touchdowns
while Zack Moss led the Utes on the ground with 20 carries for 88 yards and his
15th rushing touchdown of the season to tie the single-season school record.
Tight end Brant Kuithe would be the star of the offense, scoring three of Utah’s
five offensive touchdowns, two on receptions and one rushing touchdown. He
finished the game with a team-high 122 all-purpose yards that included three
catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns, adding two rushes for 59 yards and
one rushing score.
Devin Lloyd led the Utes in tackles with nine that included 1.5 sacks for a loss
of 12 yards. Jaylon Johnson, Mika Tafua, Julian Blackmon and Bradlee Anae all
racked up five tackles each with Anae adding 1.5 sacks to tie the school record
for career sacks at 29.5.
On special teams, the Utes recorded four punt returns for 97 yards and one
kick return for 22 yards. Demari Simpkins had a career-high three punt returns
for 62 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown return in the third quarter.
UTAH 15, OREGON 37
GAME THIRTEEN – DEC. 6 – SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The University of Utah football program struggled to get
going offensively in Friday night’s Pac-12 Championship game against Oregon
and was unable to keep the Ducks from the end zone, falling 37-15. Utah is 11-2
overall this season.
After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Utah rallied back to
make it a seven-point game in the third quarter after Samson Nacua scored on
a 25-yard receiving touchdown, adding a two-point conversion catch. Unfortunately
for the Utes, Oregon would go on to score 14 unanswered points in the
fourth quarter for the win.
Utah and Oregon’s passing yards were identical in the game at 193 yards by
each team, but it was Oregon’s 239 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns
that would prove troublesome for the Utes. Zack Moss led Utah in rushing yards
with 113 of Utah’s 116 total rushing yards, adding four catches for 57 yards and
a 24-yard receiving touchdown.
Tyler Huntley was 17-of-29 passing (2 INT) for 193 yards and two passing
touchdowns. It was just his third and fourth interceptions of the season with
Utah entering the game tied for third in the FBS in passes had intercepted (2).
On defense, the Utes had two double-digit tacklers in Terrell Burgess (12, 1
PBU) and Francis Bernard (10). Devin Lloyd adding nine tackles and a sack for a
loss of 14 yards with Mika Tafua contributing five tackles and half a tackle for loss.
2019 SEASON IN REVIEW
Sophomore tight end Brant
Kuithe scored three touchdowns
in Utah’s game against Colorado.
He had a career-high 59 yards
rushing on two carries and a 15-
yard rushing touchdown, adding
three catches for 63 yards and
two receiving scores
Zack Moss (2) carries the ball
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