NCAAF Game Recap - Colorado at Utah
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:30 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Utah 45, Colorado 15

Nov 30, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

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Colorado (5-7)

7

0

0

8

15

(6) Utah (11-1)

0

17

14

14

45

Kuithe's 3 TDs lifts No. 6 Utah past Colorado 45-15
Sun Dec 1, 2019 12:19 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) After Utah’s lone stumble this season - a 30-23 loss at Southern California in September - quarterback Tyler Huntley called a players-only meeting.

Huntley is known for his short answers with media and he didn’t need to long to get his message across that day. He told his teammates they were a team of destiny and that loss wouldn’t define the season.

“I told them we needed to focus and we would knock over any obstacle in our way,” Huntley said as he walked off the field after No. 6 Utah’s Pac-12 South clinching 45-15 victory over Colorado on Saturday night. “I told them we had it in us to accomplish what we wanted. And now here we are. We here!”

The Utes (11-1, 8-1, No 6 CFP) needed a quarter to get rolling in 25-degree temperatures, but romped to their eighth straight victory as Brant Kuithe scored three touchdowns. Huntley was 14-for-17 for 165 yards and connected with Kuithe twice for scores.

"It was a little cold outside," Huntley said of the Utes punting on their first three possessions. "We started out slow, but we handled business."

Huntley admitted the emotions of senior night got to their team's 19 seniors, including the three from Hallandale High School in Florida -- Huntley, Zack Moss and Demari Simpkins, who all played integral roles in the victory and the team’s best season since joining the Pac-12.

"I cried, not going to lie," said Simpkins, who had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 31-7 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. "But we were more relentless and we didn't want to leave no doubt. I felt like everybody doubted us after that loss and we had something to prove."

The Buffalo defense keyed on 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 and set up Utah’s matchup against No. 14 Oregon on Friday.

"I knew it was going to be a physical game and we were able to match that. That was not an issue for us. It was more about execution,” Colorado coach Mel Tucker said.

Auburn did the Utes a favor in the College Football Playoff race by outlasting No. 5 Alabama 48-45 on Saturday. The Utes could be sitting in fifth when the next selection committee rankings come out on Tuesday.

Steven Montez threw for 157 yards on 17-of-26 passing for Colorado (5-7, 3-6), 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.

"When we tried to focus on one thing, they started doing another thing,” Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor said.

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.

“This is the reason a lot these seniors came back. There are four or five of them that could have exited and turned professional but they had some unfinished business. Now they’re back and in position to finish it,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

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

"I've always knew I can do that but I just needed the opportunity to make plays in space," said Keith, who leads the team in receptions and has picked up production dramatically in the last three games.

Kuithe said Huntley and the seniors aren't finished.

"I feel like we still have a lot more games left. They're going to lead us and we're going the follow them and we're going to go win that (expletive)," Kuithe said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Colorado: The Buffaloes were looking for their third straight win to become bowl eligible for first time since they won the Pac-12 South and played in the 2016 Alamo Bowl.

Utah: The Utes limited Colorado to 60 yards rushing. For the 10th time in 12 games, the Utes kept their opponents under 70 yards on the ground to become the first team since Michigan did it 11 times in 2006.

OUCH!

Huntley and cornerback Jaylon Johnson came up limping during the game, but they finished and appear healthy going into the Pac-12 Championship.

NEW MAYOR OF SACK LAKE CITY

Bradlee Anae, another senior who was on many draft lists after last season, had one-and-a-half sacks to tie Hunter Dimick (2013-16) for the all-time lead with 29.5 career sacks. The Utes sacked Montez five times in the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With Alabama dropping their Iron Bowl game but with other top teams winning, the Utes might climb into the top 5 but no further.

UP NEXT

Colorado: The season is over.

Utah: Plays Oregon in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game in Santa Clara, California.

Passing

Colo Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Montez 26 17 65.4 2 157 27 0 107.4
Utah Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Huntley 17 14 82.4 2 165 38 0 146.3

Rushing

Colo Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Fontenot 13 49 3.8 13 0
L. Shenault Jr. 5 25 5.0 8 0
Utah Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Moss 20 88 4.4 16 1
B. Kuithe 2 59 29.5 44 1

Receiving

Colo Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Shenault Jr. 4 43 10.8 24 0
D. Arias 1 27 27.0 27 1
Utah Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Kuithe 3 63 21.0 38 2
D. Simpkins 2 35 17.5 21 0

Fumbles

Colo F FL
S. Montez 1 0
A. Fontenot 1 0
Utah F FL
D. Simpkins 1 0

Returning

Colo KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Nixon 2 16.5 0 19 0 - 0 0
D. Smith 2 15.5 0 18 0 - 0 0
Utah KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Simpkins 0 - 0 0 3 20.7 1 66
J. Blackmon 0 - 0 0 1 35.0 0 35

Punting

Colo Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Kinney 7 308 44.0 55
Utah Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Lennon 4 164 41.0 47

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Colo Utah
Points For 15 45
Total Yards 217 372
Rushing Yards 60 207
Passing Yards 157 165
Passing Completions / Attempts 17/26 14/17
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 1/0
First Downs 16 17
Penalties - Yards 5/35 5/45
Time Of Possession 10:10 50:50
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/11 8/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/44 4/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Colo Utah
Colo 14:17 TD Brady Russell 7 yd pass from Steven Montez (Evan Price kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Colo Utah
Utah 3:39 TD Brant Kuithe 38 yd pass from Tyler Huntley (Jadon Redding kick) 7 7
Utah 12:57 TD Brant Kuithe 7 yd pass from Tyler Huntley (Jadon Redding kick) 7 14
Utah 14:56 FG Jadon Redding 23 yd FG 7 17
3rd Quarter Colo Utah
Utah 10:49 TD Devin Brumfield 1 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 7 24
Utah 14:04 TD Demari Simpkins 66 yd punt return (Jadon Redding kick) 7 31
4th Quarter Colo Utah
Colo 2:09 TD Daniel Arias 27 yd pass from Steven Montez (Brady Russell 2pt pass from Steven Montez) 15 31
Utah 4:14 TD Zack Moss 1 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 15 38
Utah 9:48 TD Brant Kuithe 15 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 15 45

Game Information

Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 46,879
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