Utah Football fans can now rest easy. The Utes have become bowl eligible for the fourth straight year after finishing the season 6-6 with a win over Colorado. Here at the game balls for Utah’s 34-13 win against the Buffaloes:
Offense: Troy Williams
The senior quarterback and team captain made a surprise start on Saturday due to an undisclosed Tyler Huntley injury. Williams, who had not started a game since losing at USC in September, went 15-of-24 for 181 yards. He also added two rushing touchdowns of eight and nine yards of his own. Williams looked like he hadn’t missed a step. For Utah’s third rushing touchdown of the game, Williams found a big hole within the offensive line and ran in an eight-yard touchdown. Williams also completed a 40-yard pass to Raelon Singleton to get Utah into scoring territory in the second quarter.
Defense: Bradlee Anae
The game ball could go to anyone on defense. This is the best they’ve looked as an entire unit all year. Utah’s defense didn’t allow any points until the 9:34 mark of the third quarter. But I’ll give this one to Bradlee Anae. He setup Utah’s final scoring drive by stripping the ball from Colorado’s quarterback, which lead to Cody Barton recovering the fumble to put Utah on their own 33-yard line.
Special Teams: Mitch Wishnowsky
Mitch Wishnowsky and the punt team made it impossible for Colorado to return any yards. They kept the Buffaloes at bay and pinned them each time.
Honorable Mention: Zack Moss
Zack Moss lit up social media with his performance and the way he ran through Colorado’s defense. Moss ran for a career- high 196 yards and two touchdowns. He’s now the 14th players in Utah history to surpass the 1,000 yard mark for a season with 1,023. In the first quarter alone, Moss had 78 rushing yards while Colorado raked in a total 79. Moss could probably make a highlight tape off of Saturday’s win alone, but the most impressive run for me was the two-yard touchdown. That’s when he took the handoff and ran over a defender and then stepped over him in the end zone.