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Utah Football: Utes win ugly game against Colorado 20-14

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The only thing that matters for the Utah football team after the game against the Colorado Buffalos is that they got their 9th win on the season, and 6th win in the conference to tie as Pac-12 South Champions. It was a game where Utah would dominate one series, and look helpless the next. Fortunately, the Utes rode the performance of Joe Williams, who rushed for 187 yards on 34 carries with a touchdown, and that's all about Utah's offense could get going against the Buffs, as Travis Wilson only threw for 108 yards, with one pick and one touchdown.

The Utah defense, after a shaky couple series, really clamped down on the CU offense. The Buffs were only able to manage 307 total yards on offense, with 80 coming at the end of the 4th. The Ute defense held CU to 49 yards on the grand, with an average of 1.5 yards per carry. The defense did generate 6 sacks on the day, and ended the game with a strip sack to wrap up the victory.

The Utes kept shooting themselves in the foot for much of the game, as they turned the ball over 3 times, and put the ball on the ground 9 times, but fortunately only lost 2. Not to forget, the Utes almost had 100 yards of penalties, and had some very untimely personal fouls, especially at the end of the 1st half, when Kenneth Scott was interfered with in the end zone, setting up a 1st and goal at the 2 yard line, but Scott wanted to talk some trash to his childhood buddy drawing a 15 yard penalty. A play or two later Travis Wilson threw a pick in the end zone.

The focus for the Utes now turns to the bowl game, which they will learn of their destination in about a week. In the time they have off, they are going to get some much needed rest, and hopefully get some healthy bodies back. The Utes lost Ken Scott this game with a leg injury, and that's on top of losing Devontae Booker, Britain Covey, Hunter Dimick and others throughout the season.

All-in-all, after a 6-and-0 start to open the season, the Utes will finish with their best season as a member of the Pac-12 conference, with the 9 total wins and 6 in the conference, even if they let the opportunity to go to the Pac-12 Championship Game slip through their fingers.. They will have a chance for a 10 win season if they win the bowl game, which would be the first since the 2010 campaign.