|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Utah Utes were ranked #22 and were therefore the first nationally-ranked team to play in a bowl game this season. The Utes took advantage of the occasion and finished the season with a 9-4 record as they blew out the 10-3 Colorado State Rams in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Utes started by taking a 21-10 lead after the first quarter. The Utes' 21 points were the most in one quarter in the 20-plus-year history of the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Utes' first possession featured a trick play where quarterback Travis Wilson took in a backward lateral from the other end of the field instead of behind the center. This led to a 36-yard pass to Kaelin Clay. Wilson had a touchdown run not long after that. Devonate Booker had a 60-yard touchdown run later in the quarter for the Utes.
The Rams had a trick in the first quarter as well. Quaterback Garrett Grayson threw the ball backwards to receiver Charles Lovett, who then threw the ball back to Grayson for a 39-yard touchdown pass.
The Utes were limited to only ten points in the second and third quarters as Wilson had an interception early in the second. It did not take much for the Utes to get away from the Rams as Wilson had touchdown runs at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth. The Buffaloes had two turnovers to start the fourth quarter with the Utes scoring touchdowns on both of them.
Travis Wilson finished the game with 91 rushing yards on eleven carries with three touchdowns. He also went 17-26 with 158 passing yards and a touchdown. The Utes had 359 total rushing yards with Devontae Booker tallying 162 yards.
For the Rams, Garrett Grayson went 20-34 with 227 passing yards. Rashard Higgins had 109 receiving yards on seven carries. The Buffaloes only had 12 rushing yards for the entire game.
The Utes had a -4.5 advantage for the game. Still, they proved to go far away from the Buffaloes in little time.