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No. 17 Utah earns Pac-12 title with rout of No. 10 Oregon

Field Level Media
04 Dec 2021, 15:05 GMT+10

No. 17 Utah dominated No. 10 Oregon for the second time in three weeks, advancing to the school's first Rose Bowl with a 38-10 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night in Las Vegas.

Devin Lloyd contributed a pick-six in the first half, Cameron Rising passed for 170 yards and ran for 61, and the Utes (10-3, 8-1 Pac-12) controlled the line of scrimmage, just as they did when they routed then-No. 3 Oregon 38-7 on Nov. 20.

The Ducks (10-3, 7-2) managed just 221 total yards Friday night, including 74 on the ground.

Utah ran for 191 yards and three short touchdowns, two from Tavion Thomas, giving him 20 rushing scores for the season.

Utah, which joined the Pac-12 for the 2011 season, previously won the South division in 2018 and 2019, but failed to win the league title game. Oregon had been 4-0 in championship games before Friday night.

The Ducks managed a 42-yard field goal after trailing 23-0 at halftime, but the Utes delivered knockout blows with back-to-back touchdown drives for a 38-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown never found any rhythm, completing 13 of 24 passes for 147 yards, with two interceptions.

Utah set the tone early. The Utes scored on the first possession of the game and went up 14-0 on Lloyd's 34-yard interception return with 4:16 to go in the first quarter. Lloyd stepped in front of a receiver on a pass over the middle and ran untouched into the end zone.

Oregon's defense tried to turn momentum, twice intercepting Rising in Ducks' territory in the second quarter. But the Ducks couldn't take advantage, including missing a 44-yard field goal.

Utah pounced again at the end of the half, converting a third-and-14 at the Oregon 40 before Rising found Dalton Kincaid in the end zone for an 11-yard score with 27 seconds left in the half. The PAT failed, but the Utes weren't done.

A huge mistake by Brown -- forcing a throw as he was running out of bounds -- resulted in an interception that led to Jadon Redding's 50-yard field goal and a 23-0 lead as time expired.

--Field Level Media

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