Utah shocks Oregon, likely ends Ducks’ playoff hopes

The Pac-12 likely will again miss the College Football Playoff after No. 25 Utah blew away No. 5 Oregon 38-7 with a dominating performance that showed in all three phases of the game Saturday night.

The Ducks never mounted a challenge as the Utes jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and cruised to an easy victory behind a raucous crowd that seemed to unsettle the Ducks.

Utah got 94 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from Tavion Thomas and opportunistic passing from quarterback Cam Rising, who won for his sixth time in seven games since being installed as the starting quarterback. The win locked up a berth in the Pac-12 title game for the Utes. The Ducks will be their opponent if they beat Oregon State next week.

Defensively, the Utes shut down Oregon’s 11th-ranked rushing attack, holding the Ducks to just 63 yards on the ground and 2.7 yards per carry. The Ducks, who hadn’t scored fewer than 24 points this season, never could get untracked throwing the ball with their usually dominant run game stalled. It was their lowest-scoring game since the 2018 Redbox Bowl.

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