Live updates and investigation of the Pac-12 Championship Game as the No. 5 Utes and No. 13 Ducks square off
The Pac-12 entered gathering title end of the week with a lead on the Big 12 in the College Football Playoff race. Those expectations have now been run. With a 37-15 win over No. 5 Utah, No. 13 Oregon has everything except authoritatively disposed of the Pac-12 from the season finisher race. The Utes, at 11-1 entering Friday, were the final trust in the meeting to arrive one of the four spots.
Utah has been a moderate beginning group this season, however the principal quarter was an unmistakable pointer this would be a taxing night for the favored Utes. The Ducks hopped out to a 10-0 lead and never thought back gratitude to a decent approach by mentor Mario Cristobal. Oregon concentrated intensely on embeddings quarterback Justin Herbert into a read-alternative plan that kept the Utes’ typically heavy run guard – which positioned No. 1 in the nation – reeling. That permitted running back C.J. Verdell to scramble for 208 yards and three touchdowns, including the 70-yard final quarter blade and another 31-yard score to ice the game for good.
The Utes’ offense, then again, never built up the mood it expected to keep up. Running back Zack Moss had 113 yards on the night, yet other than a 42-yard run, was never quite a bit of a factor. Utah additionally went 4 for 13 on third downs and 0 for 3 on fourth downs. Oregon’s guard entered in on Moss and protective end Kayvon Thibodeaux was a monster with 1.5 sacks and four absolute handles, getting a wide range of weight on quarterback Tyler Huntley.
The success denotes Oregon’s third Pac-12 Championship Match dominate, tying Stanford for the most since the gathering went to 12 groups.