Utah 32, Oregon 25
What Happened: Without starting QB Tyler Huntley and RB Zack Moss – with both out for the year – Utah got the job done with Jason Shelley running two scores and relying a slew of big kicks to bail out the O. Matt Gay hit six field goals for the Utes, and while that turned out to be enough, Oregon was able to stay alive.
Justin Herbert was able to give the Ducks the lead on a touchdown pass to Travis Dye with just over eight minutes to play – helped out by a blocked punt – but the Utes came up with ten unanswered points, finishing it off with a 24-yard kick from Gay.
What Mattered: Shelley might have struggled to get the Utes into the end zone, but he connected on 18-of-31 passes for 262 yards and ran for 22 yards and two scores. Without Moss, Armand Shyne came through, running for 174 yards. The defense also kicked it in, pressuring Herbert all game long and finishing with four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
– Herbert was fine, but the ground game didn’t help. The Ducks ran for just 117 yards, and Herbert threw for 288 yards and three scores. They had their shots late, but the defense couldn’t hold on. Dillon Mitchell caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
What It All Means: Utah is just a win away from going to the Pac-12 Championship for the first time – maybe. It has to beat Colorado, and then hope for Arizona to lose one of its last two games against Washington State and Arizona State. Of course, beating BYU is important, but it’s all about getting by the Buffs next week.
– Oregon is already bowl eligible, but it has lost three of the last four games. It can still screw up the Pac-12 race by beating Arizona State and knocking it out of the South hunt, and beating Oregon State in the Civil War – as always – matters.