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Highlights, key plays and photos from Utah’s 38-21 win over No. 21 Colorado

Utes win their second game in a row

Utah players warm up in sub-freezing temperatures and light snow before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Utah knocked off No. 21 Colorado Saturday, handing the Buffaloes their first loss of the season. Utah scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

3 takeaways

Ty Jordan comes alive in fourth quarter

Colorado did well in stopping Utah’s running game in the first half. After the first two quarters, the Utes were held to just 47 rushing yards, with Jordan accounting for 33 of them.

But Utah easily eclipsed its first-half rushing total in the third quarter as Jordan rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown in the frame, including a 35-yard score.

Jordan had six carries for 66 yards in the fourth quarter, with 63 coming on a touchdown to put Utah up for good, 35-21.

Jordan and Utah’s offensive line came alive in the fourth quarter and were key to the win.

Utah shuts down Buffaloes’ run game

Entering Saturday’s game, Colorado’s run game, led by Jarek Broussard, was the best rushing offense in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes rushed for an average of 245 yards per game, and Broussard had rushed for over 120 yards in each game played so far, including 301 yards against Arizona.

The Utes were stout against the run, as Broussard never truly got going. Utah held him to 80 yards, a season low, and held Colorado as a whole to just 110 yards. Nephi Sewell also forced a Broussard fumble.

No penalties

Utah had zero penalties on Saturday. Yes, you read that right. A game after the Utes had 11 penalties for 96 yards, including a couple that led to Oregon State touchdowns, Utah was disciplined against Colorado and didn’t have a single flag, on either side of the ball.

End of game

Utah 38, Colorado 21

Utah improves to 2-2 on the year. Here are the final stats:

2:24 4th Quarter

Utah 38, Colorado 21

Jadon Redding makes a 38-yard field goal, adding to Utah’s lead.

4:43 4th Quarter

Utah 35, Colorado 21

Utah stops Colorado on fourth down. On the Utes’ first play after the stop, Ty Jordan runs 66 yards to the house to extend Utah’s lead. Utah has scored 25 unanswered points.

9:19 4th Quarter

Utah 27, Colorado 21

Jadon Redding nails a 43-yard field goal to extend Utah’s lead to six points.

End 3rd Quarter

Utah 24, Colorado 21

Utah as the lead heading into the final quarter. Here are a few notes from the third quarter:

  • Utah was driving and had the ball on Colorado’s one-yard line, but Bentley couldn’t connect with a wide-open Dalton Kincaid on third down. The Utes lined up Brant Kuithe in wildcat formation on fourth down , but a bad snap resulted in a fumble and a turnover.
  • Utah outscored Colorado 14-7 in the third quarter and outgained the Buffaloes 175-98 on offense.
  • This is the first time that Colorado has trailed entering the fourth quarter all year.

6:23 3rd Quarter

Utah 24, Colorado 21

The Utes take their first lead since the early first quarter. Bentley had a couple nice passes that drive, including a 30-yard pass to Bryan Thompson. Bentley completed a 10-yard pass to Jordan to get in the red zone and then a 20-yard touchdown strike to Covey.

13:14 3rd Quarter

Colorado 21, Utah 17

Utah responds as Ty Jordan breaks out on that drive. Jordan had a 35-yard rush and an 8-yard touchdown score to bring the Utes within a score.

14:39 3rd Quarter

Colorado 21, Utah 10

On the first play of the second half, Sam Noyer throws a screen pass to Brenden Rice, who outruns three Utah defenders for a 61-yard touchdown, his second of the game.

Halftime

Colorado 14, Utah 10

Utah is only down four at the break despite a poor offensive showing so far. Here are some notes from the first half:

  • Utah continues to be excellent against the run, holding Colorado to just 41 yards.
  • Utah’s run game hasn’t picked up yet as the Utes have rushed for only 47 yards.
  • Utah has forced two turnovers.
  • Jake Bentley is 10-for-19 for 124 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

0:00 2nd Quarter

Colorado 14, Utah 10

Nephi Sewell forces a fumble and Jake Bentley finds Britain Covey twice, setting up a 42-yard Jadon Redding field goal as time expires.

1:30 2nd Quarter

Colorado 14, Utah 7

After another punt by Utah, Brenden Rice weaves his way to a punt return touchdown, juking Utah punter Ben Lennon on his way to an 81-yard score.

12:46 2nd Quarter

Utah 7, Colorado 7

Colorado drives 90 yards to tie it up. Sam Noyer finds Maurice Bell for a 21-yard touchdown along the right sideline.

End 1st Quarter

Utah 7, Colorado 0

Utah leads 7-0 after one period. Here are a few notes from the first quarter:

  • Utah has been very good in stopping Colorado’s rush attack, led by Jarek Broussard. The Buffaloes have just three rushing yards.
  • Freshman safety Nate Ritchie has had a nice game. He has three tackles, a sack and has recovered a fumble.

12:03 1st Quarter

Utah 7, Colorado 0

Britain Covey has a nice kick return to set up Utah’s offense. Jake Bentley has a 24-yard pass to Brant Kuithe on the drive, and Utah strikes first after a Bentley pass to Solomon Enis.

Pre-game

Here are a few links to stories you may want to read prior to or during the game: