No. 12 Utah Defeats California; Sets Up Showdown With Washington

Since the loss to USC, No. 12 Utah has outscored its opponents 146-23 in its last four games, including a 35-0 shutout win over California Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Utes led from start to finish and had arguably its most dominating performance of the season as the offense racked up 473 yards of total offense, while holding California to a season low 83 yards.

It was the Utes’ first shutout win in Pac-12 play as the defense continues to play lights out. In fact, the defense has allowed just 10 points to opponents over the past 14 quarters. Meanwhile, the last time the Golden Bears were shutout was back in 1999 in a 45-0 loss to Nebraska.

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Despite only playing in the first half, quarterback Tyler Huntley made the most of it as the senior completed 11 of 17 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown to give Utah a commanding 28-0 lead at the half.

Running back Zack Moss — who broke the school rushing record last week — had another standout performance as the senior rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in three catches for 89 yards in the win.

Moss set two records in the win as he recorded his 32nd rushing touchdown in program history to pass Del Rodgers who had 31 from 1978-81. And with his 15th 100-yard rushing game, Moss also broke the school record to pass John White and Devontae Booker who each passed the century mark 14 times.

With the win, Utah can now focus its entire attention against Washington in arguably the biggest game of the season for the Utes. A loss next week likely takes the team out of the Pac-12 South race with USC currently holding onto a one-game lead thanks to its head-to-head win last month.

Here’s how fans and players reacted after the game.

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