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Utah 45, Colorado 15

SALT LAKE CITY - Brant Kuithe scored three touchdowns and No. 6 Utah is locked up a spot in the Pac-12 championship game for the second consecutive season with a 45-15 victory over Colorado.

The Utes (11-1, 8-1) needed a quarter to get rolling in 25-degree temperatures, but romped to their eighth straight victory. Tyler Huntley was 14-for-17 for 165 yards and connected with Kuithe twice for touchdown receptions.

The Buffalo defense keyed on Zack Moss and made it tough to run between the tackles, but the all-time Utah rushing leader tallied 88 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 1-yard run to put the game away in the fourth quarter.

Steven Montez threw for 157 yards on 17-of-26 passing for Colorado, setting two major career records as he eclipsed Sefo Liufau on the Colorado passing (9,649 yards) and total offense (10,614 yards) lists in his final game.

After five drives that netted a total of 25 yards, Colorado mounted their second foray into Utah territory early in the fourth quarter and Montez threw to Daniel Arias for a 27-yard touchdown and added a 2-point conversion on an improvised pass to Russell to cut the lead to 31-15.

But Moss and Kuithe scored again to put it away.

The Utes started the second-half scoring in familiar fashion, with a bruising 12-play drive that ended with Devin Brumfield's 1-yard plunge for a 24-7 advantage.

Utah's Demari Simpkins sprinted down the sideline on a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 31-7 lead with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.

Kuithe caught touchdown passes of 38 and 7 yards and ran 15 yards for a score. The tight end also 44-yard run on a jet sweep.

Associated Press


November 30, 2019

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