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Utah Utes put Oregon Ducks on wrong end of history in Pac-12 Championship

Utah Utes, Oregon Ducks, Rose Bowl, Pac-12

The Utah Utes made history on Friday with a huge win against the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship game. In the process, however, they also sent their hapless opponents on the wrong end of history.

Two weeks after taking down the same Oregon side in their college football showdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium 38-7, Utah showed not mercy to the Ducks once again in their championship game at the Allegiant Stadium. Kyle Whittingham’s men dominated from start to finish, giving no chance at all for Oregon to even put up a fight.

Utah ended up winning the contest 38-7, clinching their first Rose Bowl berth as well.

More than that, though, the Utes became just the third team to beat the same opponent by 25 or more points twice in the same season since the FBS/FBC split in 1978, per ESPN Stats & Info. Furthermore, they are the first team to do so against an AP-ranked opponent.

It was a one-sided affair for sure, and a ton of credit goes to Whittingham and his men for setting the tone early. After going for 61 yards on nine plays to score on their first possession, Utah got things rolling to end the half 23-0.

Oregon showed some life, but the Utah defense proved to be too much. Linebacker Devin Lloyd took the spotlight for the Utes, recording seven tackles and an interception return that gave the Ducks a major blow.

Rose Bowl and title aside, Utah certainly have to feel good imposing their dominance to an opponent.