Utah’s College Football Playoff hopes were dashed Friday night as No. 13 Oregon snapped the Utes’ eight-game winning streak with a 37-15 victory Friday night at Levi’s Stadium in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Utah’s dominant defense didn’t have an answer for Oregon’s high-flying offense as the Ducks racked up 432 yards, including 239 yards on the ground. The Utes came in with the No. 1 rush defense, allowing less than 60 yards per game, but it all came apart Friday night.

Having outscored its last eight opponents coming into the Pac-12 title game by a combined score of 308-76, and playing on a national stage, the Utes missed a big opportunity to take a big step forward in what was arguably the biggest game in program history.

“First of all I’m proud of this football team for the season they’ve had overall,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “Obviously tonight was a huge disappointment, but it doesn’t detract from the fact that we won 11 football games.”

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Utah QB Tyler Huntley completed 17 of 29 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, however, it was the seniors two interceptions that proved costly and helped Oregon win the game and the turnover battle. Huntely had several big runs on the night, however, because of six sacks, the senior finished with just two yards to his name.

Despite Oregon keying in on Zack Moss, the 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back finished the night with 19 carries and for 113 yards for an average of 5.9 yards per carry. Moss also led the team in catches as he hauled in four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown.

With the loss, Utah not only will miss the College Football Playoff, but will also miss out on the Rose Bowl as Oregon (11-2) accepted the invitation to play in the “Granddaddy of them all.” The Utes could end up either in the Cotton Bowl, the Alamo Bowl or possibly in the Holiday Bowl again. Utah will find out its bowl destination on Sunday when the selections are announced. While there’s still an outside chance of playing in a New Year’s Six bowl, Friday’s blowout loss will likely prove costly.

Here’s how fans, players, coaches, former players and the media reacted after the game.

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