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Monday, December 6, 2021

Utah Dominates Oregon, Pushing Pac-12 Playoff Hopes

The Oregon defense kept Utah scoreless in the home team’s next possession. But 24 points were added to Utah’s four successful drives, with no score more suffocating than Covey’s return. Utah did not stop scoring in the middle of the fourth quarter.

“He played the best football game I could see a team play,” Oregon quarterback Anthony Browne scored 17 for 35 for 231 passing yards. Rising, his Utah counterpart, was 10 for 18 for 178 yards.

Utah, of course, has an illustrious history of spoiling others’ big games. It’s an event that embarrassed Alabama at the Sugar Bowl, humiliated Pittsburgh at the Fiesta Bowl, which ruined Jim Harbaugh’s debut as Michigan coach. (Kyle Whittingham, who led Utah in all those games, took his 142nd win on Saturday night as a head coach, a school record.)

No problem. As time passed on the chilly night, the stadium announcer gently requested fans to quell the joyous rebellion that seemed inevitable.

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“Please don’t rush into the field,” he said. “We ask that you celebrate safely in the stands.”

Many people ran into the field anyway.

It was the third game of the day that effectively eliminated the top-10 team from playoff contention – No. 7 Michigan State fell, 56-7, to fourth-placed Ohio State, and No. 10 Wake Forest lost, 48- 27, in Clemson. But Oregon’s loss was perhaps most consequential. As of Tuesday night, when the playoff rankings are updated, fifth-ranked Cincinnati, the American Athletic Conference, could be on the fast track to a semifinal showdown.

Indeed, while college football may seem like a mess all the way back to any year, Oregon’s harsh history is that since the start of the playoffs with the 2014 season, no two-loss team has made it to a semifinal game. The Pac-12 has not had a team in the playoffs since the 2016 season.

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