Utah had a chance to potentially punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff with a win over Oregon during the Pac-12 Championship Game. That did not happen. Instead, the No. 5-ranked Utes dug themselves into an early hole and kept on digging.
By halftime, Oregon had a 20-0 lead punctuated by big plays for the Ducks and big mistakes for the Utes. Utah made a charge offensively in the third quarter with 15 points. But the final stanza belonged to the Ducks, who finished with two unanswered touchdowns for the 37-15 win.
These are the biggest winners and losers from Oregon’s blowout win over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Winner: CJ Verdell put on a show
Perhaps carrying a chip on his shoulder due to all the talk about Zack Moss, Oregon’s CJ Verdell showed there was more than just one star running back in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
The diminutive running back shredded Utah’s defense on almost every attempt.