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GAMEDAY College Football

Utah 63, Colorado 21

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - The loudest roar from the Utah side came at the end of a blowout of Colorado at Folsom Field and had nothing to do with what was happening on the field.

It was the scoreboard showing Oregon State knocking off Oregon. So far, everything the Utes needed to have happen in order earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game has happened.

Just one more obstacle to clear.

Cameron Rising threw three touchdown passes before taking a seat for the second half, Ja'Quinden Jackson ran for three scores and No. 14 Utah routed Colorado 63-21 to remain in the chase for the last spot into the conference championship.

The Utes (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12, No. 14 CFP) entered the weekend with an outside shot at earning a spot. But things have fallen nicely into place. No. 17 UCLA did its part for Utah by knocking off Cal on Friday. Then, the big assist - No. 22 Oregon State coming back to beat 10th-ranked Oregon.

All that remains is No. 12 Washington to win at Washington State later Saturday. That would create a three-way logjam between the Utes, Ducks and Huskies. Utah's league opponents would have the highest combined winning percentage in conference games and give the Utes the final spot. No. 5 USC already has a spot for next Friday's game in Las Vegas.

"We'll just see how the cards unfold," Rising said. "So far, so good."

The Utes built a 42-0 halftime lead and steadily started sprinkling in their backups. It didn't slow the Utes, who had 662 total yards of offense. Jackson scored on runs of 10, 2 and 66 yards.

The 63 points was the most allowed by Colorado since Oregon scored 70 on Oct. 27, 2012, in Eugene.

"All around a good way to to put an exclamation mark on the regular season," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "You have to look really hard at it to find a negative."

The Buffaloes (1-11, 1-8) brought to a close a dreary season that saw head coach Karl Dorrell fired in October and interim coach Mike Sanford go 1-6 in his place. The team lost seven games by 30 or more points.

"I told the team after the game in the locker room that I don't believe in moral victories normally, but tonight I do," Sanford said. "This group of players made football fun for me."

A coaching search is underway at Colorado with rumors swirling around names such as Deion Sanders and Bronco Mendenhall. There was a fan in the south end zone wearing a suit featuring Colorado logos and a bag over their head. On the back of the bag was a letter to " Coach Prime," urging Sanders to come to Boulder.

Maddox Kopp became the fourth Buffaloes quarterback to start this season. He finished with 123 yards passing and a late 1-yard touchdown to offensive lineman turned tight end Frank Fillip.

Utah tight ends Thomas Yassmin and Dalton Kincaid each turned in acrobatic scoring plays in the first half. Yassmin showed off his athleticism by catching a short pass and hurdling over cornerback Nikko Reed on his way to a 41-yard score.

Not to be outdone, Kincaid looked left on a long pass and quickly swiveled to the right to haul in a 29-yard pass from Rising while falling to the turf. Kincaid stayed down for several moments after the play.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes finish the regular season with nine wins for a fourth time in five seasons.

Colorado: The Buffaloes dropped to 4-37 against AP top-25 teams since becoming members of the Pac-12 in 2011, according to Pac-12 research.

ATTENDANCE

The announced attendance was 33,474. It's the lowest mark at Folsom Field (not counting the 2020 pandemic season) since Nov. 29, 2014, against Utah.

FINAL DAY

For 21 or so Buffaloes players, this was their last time running out onto Folsom Field behind live buffalo mascot Ralphie. Senior tight end Brady Russell felt a sense of contentment, he said.

"Because I know I personally gave everything I could," Russell said. "I have no regrets."

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UtahColo
Utah TD 6:35 Micah Bernard 8 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 7 0
Utah TD 2:20 Ja'Quinden Jackson 10 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 14 0
Second Quarter UtahColo
Utah TD 12:34 Ja'Quinden Jackson 2 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 21 0
Utah TD 4:43 Thomas Yassmin 41 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 28 0
Utah TD 0:52 Money Parks 9 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 35 0
Utah TD 0:03 Dalton Kincaid 29 yd pass from Cameron Rising (Jadon Redding kick) 42 0
Third Quarter UtahColo
Colo TD 11:47 Alex Fontenot 1 yd run (Cole Becker kick) 42 7
Utah TD 10:59 Ja'Quinden Jackson 66 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 49 7
Utah TD 5:37 Makai Cope 21 yd pass from Bryson Barnes (Jadon Redding kick) 56 7
Colo TD 2:59 Anthony Hankerson 23 yd run (Cole Becker kick) 56 14
Fourth Quarter UtahColo
Utah TD 8:34 Jaylon Glover 5 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 63 14
Colo TD 2:46 Frank Fillip 1 yd pass from Maddox Kopp (Cole Becker kick) 63 21
Team Stats
  Utah Colorado
First downs 33 12
  Rushing 18 3
  Passing 12 7
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 2-6, 33% 1-12, 8%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 43-383 25-62
Passing Yards 279 123
Return Yards 44 187
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-24-1 15-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--10
Punts 2 9
Punts-Average 35.5 40.8
Fumbles Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-39 8-82
Time of Possession 35:20 24:40
Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Rising 17 19 234 3 0
B. Barnes 4 5 45 1 1
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Kopp 15 28 123 1 0
Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 10 117 11.7 3
M. Bernard 12 91 7.6 1
J. Glover 13 62 4.8 1
B. Barnes 2 62 31.0 0
C. Vincent 4 23 5.8 0
J. Dixon 1 15 15.0 0
C. Rising 1 13 13.0 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Hankerson 8 46 5.8 1
A. Fontenot 7 11 1.6 1
M. Kopp 4 9 2.3 0
M. Bell 1 7 7.0 0
D. Smith 2 3 1.5 0
C. Roddick 1 0 0.0 0
B. Russell 1 -1 -1.0 0
C. Offerdahl 1 -13 -13.0 0
Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Kincaid 5 102 20.4 1
T. Yassmin 1 41 41.0 1
M. Parks 4 40 10.0 1
M. Cope 3 34 11.3 1
J. Dixon 2 28 14.0 0
T. Pututau 2 17 8.5 0
M. Bernard 1 8 8.0 0
D. Vele 1 7 7.0 0
S. Enis 1 2 2.0 0
L. Kendall 1 0 0.0
0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Russell 4 39 9.8 0
M. Lemonious-Craig 2 26 13.0 0
J. Hestera 3 25 8.3 0
D. Capolungo 1 18 18.0 0
M. Harrison 1 9 9.0 0
M. Bell 2 7 3.5 0
F. Fillip 1 1 1.0 1
D. Smith 1 -2 -2.0 0
Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Reed 1 56
Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bouwmeester 2 71 35.5
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Carrizosa 9 367 40.8
Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Vele 5 30 6.0
M. Parks 1 -18 -18.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Parks 1 32 32.0
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Capolungo 5 130 26.0
E. Olsen 1 1 1.0
Utah Missed FG
Player Length
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length




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