Oregon thinks the clock will only run out with 11 seconds left in the inning and that it can go to the locker room following Utah with three taps down. It did not form.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham used his second timeout as Oregon faced fourth and third from its 32, forcing the Ducks to play. Mr Covey rewarded his coach’s decision by returning the 78-yard ball for a touchdown to put the 23rd Utes into the first half leading the 3rd Ducks 28-0.
Obviously, Utes’ team was in the excitement with the fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Utes had just scored a goal with 27 seconds left in the first half to lead 21-0. The Ducks started the shot later with the ball at 25 and moved only 7 yards, all of which went up in third by running against Travis Dye.
Whittingham then opted to give his punters a chance to return. Covey entered the game placing second in the FBS at 14.7 yards/hit. He hit back an 80-yard hit for a score earlier in the season against San Diego State.
At halftime, ESPN gives Duckling a 99.4% chance of winning.
Utah has held the home field advantage in the past, which is part of why Uta is a three-point favorite against the Ducks.
And they dominated the game in the first half. Rerun Tavion Thomas charged 16 times in 58 yards and made two touches on the ball. Defender Cameron Rising completed six of 13 128-yard passes while also rushing in to score.
Utah’s defense, meanwhile, controlled the Ducks. Oregon had a total of 122 yards in the first half compared to 242. Defender Anthony Brown was five for 13 for 74 yards, while the Ducks charged 13 times for 48 yards. Two drives in Oregon ended in missed goals.
There may be many college football fans in Ohio celebrating Utes’ bold decision. No. 4 Ohio had a 56-7 victory over No. 7 Michigan earlier in the day but trailed Oregon because of confrontation; Ducks beat the Buckeyes 35-28 on September 11. And then Cincinnati No. 5, beat SMU 48-14 on Saturday and will certainly benefit from the Oregon loss.
If Utah ends up winning, the Utes will take the Pac-12 South. Oregon will then need a win next week or a loss against Oregon State against Arizona State on Saturday night to claim the Pac-12 North. Oregon will host Oregon State on Nov. 27. So there’s still a chance a Ducks-Utes rematch in the Dec. 3 Pac-12 championship game in Las Vegas could be on schedule. submit.
https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/news/utah-oregon-half-punt-return-td-half/1rnkzo66bevft1mfh7w7txcqew | Utah beat No. 3 Oregon with 28 points in the first half, punt returned TD before halftime