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Utah football fans reflect on disappointment, look to the future after Colorado loss

The Utah Utes cheer to their fans after losing to the Colorado Buffaloes in a football game at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Utah lost 22-27.
The Utah Utes cheer to their fans after losing to the Colorado Buffaloes in a football game at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Utah lost 22-27.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

As time ticked down and it became apparent the Utah Utes were going to lose their regular-season finale against Colorado on Saturday, the Twitterverse certainly had strong reactions about how the campaign ended.

From the Utes’ overall collapse during the last month to thoughts about a potential date in the Las Vegas Bowl, here are some of the reactions from Utah fans:

A number of fans noted that the Buffaloes, which had been a cellar dweller since they and the Utes joined the Pac-12 together in 2011, won a South division title before Utah.

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Nevertheless, folks couldn’t help but congratulate Colorado on its remarkable turnaround this season.

A year ago, many Ute fans felt cheated when the Utes ended up playing in the Las Vegas Bowl for a second consecutive year after a late-season collapse. With the way the Pac-12 is lining up this season, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that Utah will end up back there this year, an idea that brought mixed reactions on Twitter.

A summary:

While there’s still a bowl game left to be played, some are already looking forward to the stretch run of the recruiting process (National Signing Day is Feb. 1) and next season.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.