Playing an early morning game, in the snow, and on national television with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt on the call, the Utes sure made the most of it.
Led by freshman running back Ty Jordan and junior wide receiver Britain Covey, Utah outscored Colorado 28-7 in the second half to cruise to a 38-21 victory over the Buffs in the “Rumble in the Rockies.”
The game was similar to the contest two years ago when Jason Shelley filled in for Tyler Huntley to lead the Utes to a 30-7 victory in the snow.
On Saturday, Jordan, a freshman and playing in just his fourth game, rushed for a game-high 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Utes to victory. The 5-foot-7, 200-pound running back was getting comparisons to former Ute Zack Moss for his hard running style and ability to make so many defenders miss. Last week, Jordan’s 167-yard performance was the first time since 1995 that a freshman running back had ran for more than 100 yards.
Britain Covey, led the Utes with nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, including his 20-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to put Utah up 24-21. Covey was everywhere, returning kickoffs and punts for big yards and made timely catches on third downs to move the chains and keep drives alive.
After struggling early, Utah quarterback Jake Bentley settled in and finished the game with 240 yards passing to go with two touchdowns as the Utes improved to 2-2 on the season on a frozen and snowy day.
With the win, Utah, which won its fourth consecutive game against the Buffs, spoiled Colorado’s chances at making the Pac-12 title game.
The lone bright spot for Colorado, was freshman Brenden Rice. The son of Hall of Famer receiver Jerry Rice, Brenden showed off his speed by scoring twice — on an 81-yard punt return and on a 61-yard catch off a bubble screen. But it wasn’t enough as the Buffs suffered their first loss under new coach Karl Dorrell.
After holding San Diego State and Arizona scoreless in the second half, Colorado was no match for the Utes who made adjusts en route to four second half touchdowns to cruise to the victory. While next week’s Pac-12 schedule hasn’t been released yet, both Utah and Colorado are expected to face a team from the North division.