The biggest game at Folsom Field in over a decade was dominated by defense and special teams as No. 9 Colorado held a 13-7 lead over No. 22 Utah at halftime.
Utah struck first on the score board and it predictably came by way of their stellar special teams, as ace return man Boobie Hobbs zigged and zagged his way 55 yards on a punt return to find the end zone early in the first quarter. That would end up being the Utes’ only points as the offense couldn’t get much of anything with just 86 total yards heading to the locker room.
Colorado’s offense wasn’t much better for most of the half, suffering from a number of huge drops by wide receivers and failing to get the ball moving much in the run game until the final few minutes of the second quarter. Quarterback Sefo Liufau scrambled as best he could in the face of the ‘Sack Lake City’ pass rush but managed to throw for 121 yards and rush for another 58 on the ground and the Buffs’ only touchdown.
The game has significant postseason implications as a win by Colorado would complete their improbable turnaround and give them the Pac-12 South title. That would mean a date with Washington in the league championship
If Utah were to win, that would give USC the South title and keep alive playoff hopes for both the Trojans and the Huskies.