Dec 12, 2020; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Brenden Rice (2) returns the ball for an 81 yard touchdown against Utah Utes defensive end Devin Kaufusi (90) and cornerback Kenzel Lawler (25) in the second quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sportsffd

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Visiting Utah rallies past No. 21 Colorado

Ty Jordan rushed for 147 yards and two scores, Jake Bentley went 20-for-32 passing for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and the visiting Utah Utes beat the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes 38-21 in Boulder on Saturday.

Britain Covey had nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown and Solomon Enis had a TD reception for Utah (2-2, 2-2 Pac-12 Conference).

The win ended Colorado’s chances to win the South Division and earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Sam Noyer was 16-for-34 for 258 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception and Brenden Rice had a TD reception and a punt return for a score for the Buffaloes (4-1, 3-1).

The Utes trailed 21-10 when they rallied in the second half. Jordan ripped off an 18-yard TD run to cap a quick three-play, 60-yard drive, and after Colorado was forced to punt, Bentley put Utah ahead with a 20-yard pass to Covey.

Jadon Redding kicked a 43-yard field goal with 9:19 left to increase the lead to 27-21 and the Buffaloes drove to the Utah 34 before Noyer’s fourth-down pass was knocked down. Jordan scored on a 66-yard run on the next play, and Bentley hit Dalton Kincaid for the two-point conversion.

Colorado turned the ball over on downs and Redding’s third field goal, from 38 yards, made it a 17-point lead.

The Utes took the opening kickoff 60 yards and finished it with Bentley’s 7-yard TD pass to Enis to give them an early 7-0 lead. Colorado tied it on Noyer’s 21-yard pass to Maurice Bell early in the second quarter.

Rice returned a punt 81 yards with 1:30 left in the second quarter to give the Buffaloes a 14-7 lead, but a late Buffaloes fumble led to Redding’s 42-yard field goal as time expired to make it 14-10 at halftime.

The Buffaloes struck on the first snap of the third quarter when Noyer threw to Rice in the flat and he raced 61 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead.

–Field Level Media

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