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Utes fall in Pac-12 championship game

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Conference Championship-Oregon vs Utah Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Utes fell behind and battled back, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game Friday. Poor execution, injuries, and the lack of being able to make the big plays hurt the Utes.

Utah spent a large chunk of time on Oregon’s side of the field, but they struggled picking up short yardage situations to keep drives alive and convert them into points.

On defense, they played ok, but they allowed one too many big plays, especially the big touchdown run in the 4th that made it a two score game. Losing two safeties didn’t help the cause, with Julian Blackmon going down in the first half and RJ Hubert in the second. Utah just couldn’t get that major momentum swinging play on defense that changed the feel of the game.

Now we wait for Utah’s bowl destination, which if they’re lucky with be the Cotton Bowl, but the Alamo Bowl is very much in play. We’ll know more Sunday.