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Worst to first: No. 9 Colorado wins Pac-12 South

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado's comeback isn't complete just yet. So, consider this party just a prelude.

''We're one win away! It feels great,'' senior defensive end Jordan Carrell said as he weaved his way through a sea of Buffs fans who stormed the field following ninth-ranked Colorado's 27-22 win over No. 21 Utah on Saturday night.

Sporting a black and gold ''Make CU Great Again'' cap, wide receiver Devin Ross swore the message still represented more of an ambition than an arrival.

''Not yet,'' he said. ''But we're close.''

The Buffs (11-2, 8-1) secured a trip to the conference championship against sixth-ranked Washington (11-1, 8-1) next weekend with another dazzling defensive performance, one that included:

-Ten pass breakups.

-Eight tackles for loss.

-Four takeaways.

-Three sacks.

-Two fourth-down stops.

''They got my back,'' said senior quarterback Sefo Liufau, who had a rare off night, fumbling the ball away twice and throwing just one touchdown pass.

The Buffaloes lost 40 of their first 45 league games after joining the Pac-12 in 2011, including a 1-8 mark just a year ago.

''Worst to first, not many people can say they did that,'' coach Mike MacIntyre said. ''Our young men did that and now we've got one more to do that is our ultimate, that's what we set out to do. ... We just got to go get one against Washington.''

With the first sellout crowd in Boulder since 2008 itching to storm the field, the Utes (8-4, 5-4) pulled to 27-22 on Demari Simpkins' 7-yard TD catch with 1:34 remaining.

The 2-point conversion toss by Troy Williams was incomplete, and the Utes' onside kick failed when Kabion Ento recovered for Colorado.

''Nobody thought we'd be here, especially four years ago,'' said CU senior safety Tedric Thompson, who had two interceptions and broke up four passes.

As soon as the clock hit all zeros, thousands among the crowd of 52,301 ignored the public address announcer's plea to wait a minute before storming the field.

Linebacker Kenneth Olugbode scooped up Joe Williams' second fumble and returned it 10 yards for a TD that made it 27-16 early in the fourth quarter.

In the third quarter, Chidobe Awuzie recovered when Williams fumbled at the Colorado 2 after a 12-yard gain.

''Joe was a huge part of our success this season,'' Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. ''He was a huge value to our football team. He struggled tonight, put the ball on the ground a few times. But I love Joe Williams.''

Liufau's 6-yard TD toss to Shay Fields on the final play of the third quarter was the senior's 60th, tying Cody Hawkins' school record and breaking a 13-13 tie.

Kyle Fulks returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards but a diving Awuzie knocked Fulks out of bounds at the 3, a tackle that proved pivotal when the Utes had to settle for a field goal that made it 20-16.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: The Utes had another fine season but they lost three of their last four games with close defeats at home to Washington and Oregon before losing in Boulder for the first time since Sept. 28, 1957. Boobie Hobbs' 55-yard return on Alex Kinney's line-drive punt gave the Utes a quick 7-0 lead but he later left with an unspecified injury.

Colorado: The Buffs held Joe Williams to 97 yards on 26 carries, 58 yards below his average, and they limited Troy Williams to 160 yards on 13 of 40 passing. So, they roll into the Pac-12 title game on the strength of their first six-game winning streak since 1996.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Buffs could inch up in the poll and the Utes did nothing to merit slipping.

UP NEXT

Utah: Despite a second straight loss, the Utes await another bowl bid, their 11th in 14 seasons under Whittingham.

Colorado: The Buffs play for their first Pac-12 championship.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:34
3-T.Williams incomplete.
plays
yds
pos
22
27
Touchdown 1:34
3-T.Williams complete to 17-D.Simpkins. 17-D.Simpkins runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
80
yds
02:19
pos
22
27
Point After TD 10:56
49-D.Price extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
16
27
Touchdown 11:05
28-J.Williams to UTH 10 FUMBLES (32-R.Gamboa). 31-K.Olugbode runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
-3
yds
00:00
pos
16
26
Field Goal 13:57
39-A.Phillips 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-62
yds
00:45
pos
16
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
49-D.Price extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
20
Touchdown 0:00
13-S.Liufau complete to 1-S.Fields. 1-S.Fields runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
86
yds
02:58
pos
13
19
Field Goal 3:01
39-A.Phillips 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-16
yds
01:09
pos
13
13
Field Goal 11:59
39-A.Phillips 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-23
yds
02:10
pos
10
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:25
15-C.Graham 19 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-16
yds
02:14
pos
7
13
Field Goal 9:25
15-C.Graham 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
11
yds
04:33
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
49-D.Price extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 0:00
13-S.Liufau runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
73
yds
02:16
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:17
39-A.Phillips extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:33
89-A.Kinney punts 41 yards from COL 14. 1-B.Hobbs runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
93
yds
01:03
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 18
Rushing 7 6
Passing 8 10
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 6-21 9-22
4th Down Conv 2-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 351 390
Total Plays 81 82
Avg Gain 4.3 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 178 108
Rush Attempts 41 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 2.8
Net Yards Passing 173 282
Comp. - Att. 13-40 23-44
Yards Per Pass 4.3 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-13 2-12
Penalties - Yards 3-36 0-0
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 1
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 2-2
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 6-42.2 9-42.3
Return Yards 202 90
Punts - Returns 5-72 2-1
Kickoffs - Returns 3-130 3-38
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-51
Kicking 4/5 5/5
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 3/4 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
22 Utah 8-4 706922
9 Colorado 10-2 767727
173 PASS YDS 282
178 RUSH YDS 108
351 TOTAL YDS 390
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Tr. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
32.5% 160 1 2 64.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.4% 2579 15 7 122.1
Tr. Williams 13/40 160 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
183 1184 9
J. Williams 25 96 0 15
C. Butler-Byrd 16 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 163 1
C. Butler-Byrd 2 46 0 41
Tr. Williams 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 246 5
Tr. Williams 12 19 0 13
Z. Moss 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 363 2
Z. Moss 2 17 0 14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Patrick 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 78 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 684 5
T. Patrick 5 78 0 35
C. Butler-Byrd 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 372 0
C. Butler-Byrd 2 23 0 30
E. Moeai 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 308 2
E. Moeai 2 20 0 12
H. Handley 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 168 0
H. Handley 1 18 0 18
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 100 1
D. Simpkins 2 15 1 8
R. Singleton 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 454 4
R. Singleton 1 6 0 6
S. Wilson 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 169 2
S. Wilson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Hansen 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 3 0.0
C. Hansen 10-3 0.0 0
K. Luafatasaga 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
K. Luafatasaga 8-2 0.0 0
R. Porter 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
R. Porter 5-0 0.0 0
J. Thomas 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Thomas 4-0 0.0 0
F. Mokofisi 45 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
F. Mokofisi 4-1 0.0 0
M. Williams 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-4 4 0.0
M. Williams 4-2 0.0 0
B. Allen 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
B. Allen 2-0 0.0 0
D. Hatfield 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Hatfield 2-0 0.0 0
B. Anae 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
B. Anae 2-0 1.0 0
P. Tasini 59 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
P. Tasini 2-0 0.0 0
H. Dimick 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
H. Dimick 2-1 0.5 0
B. Hobbs 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Hobbs 1-0 0.0 0
Ta. Williams 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ta. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
P. Taumoepenu 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Taumoepenu 1-0 0.0 0
D. Thompson 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Thompson 1-0 0.0 0
L. Lotulelei 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 2.5
L. Lotulelei 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Phillips 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
17/21 41/41
A. Phillips 3/4 23 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wishnowsky 33 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 42.2 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
60 48.0 3
M. Wishnowsky 6 42.2 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Fulks 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 57.5 93 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 35.0 93 0
K. Fulks 2 57.5 93 0
S. Shah Jr. 32 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 13.5 15 0
S. Shah Jr. 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Hobbs 1 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 18.3 55 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
30 8.0 55 1
B. Hobbs 4 18.3 55 1
D. Simpkins 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
D. Simpkins 1 -1.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Liufau 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.3% 270 1 0 111.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.6% 2150 11 3 140.8
S. Liufau 23/44 270 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Liufau 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 59 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
146 483 7
S. Liufau 21 59 1 12
P. Lindsay 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
211 1136 15
P. Lindsay 12 55 0 11
J. MacIntyre 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
J. MacIntyre 1 3 0 3
K. Evans 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 346 3
K. Evans 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Ross 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 94 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
65 758 5
D. Ross 9 94 0 42
S. Fields 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 78 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 819 9
S. Fields 7 78 1 30
J. MacIntyre 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 374 1
J. MacIntyre 2 46 0 37
K. Ento 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 174 2
K. Ento 2 38 0 27
P. Lindsay 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 371 1
P. Lindsay 2 10 0 7
D. Lee 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 38 0
D. Lee 1 4 0 4
G. Frazier 5 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. Frazier 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Gilbert 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 1.0
J. Gilbert 7-0 0.0 0
C. Awuzie 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 1 1.0
C. Awuzie 6-0 1.0 0
R. Gamboa 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 1 0.0
R. Gamboa 5-3 0.0 0
J. Tupou 58 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
J. Tupou 5-0 0.0 0
A. Laguda 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
A. Laguda 5-0 0.0 0
A. Gillam 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
A. Gillam 3-1 1.0 0
K. Olugbode 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 2 0.0
K. Olugbode 3-2 0.0 0
T. Thompson 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 7 0.0
T. Thompson 3-0 0.0 2
A. Witherspoon 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
A. Witherspoon 3-0 0.0 0
I. Oliver 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
I. Oliver 2-0 0.0 0
J. Carrell 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
J. Carrell 2-1 1.0 0
R. Moeller 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
R. Moeller 2-3 0.0 0
N. Falo 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Falo 2-1 0.0 0
L. Jackson III 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Jackson III 1-0 0.0 0
S. Kafovalu 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
S. Kafovalu 1-1 0.0 0
D. Gordon 10 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Gordon 1-0 0.0 0
T. Patterson 9 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Patterson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Graham 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
9/13 8/10
C. Graham 2/2 25 0/0 6
D. Price 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/6 25/26
D. Price 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Kinney 89 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 42.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
59 42.2 2
A. Kinney 9 42.3 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Julmisse 8 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 21.2 22 0
A. Julmisse 2 19.0 22 0
K. Ento 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
K. Ento 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Oliver 26 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 12.4 3 1
I. Oliver 2 0.5 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTAH 25 1:00 3 3 Punt
12:39 COLO 40 1:39 3 0 Punt
7:41 UTAH 30 5:18 12 43 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTAH 25 0:49 3 -1 Punt
9:20 UTAH 25 1:35 4 9
5:15 UTAH 30 3:29 6 26 Punt
1:01 UTAH 48 0:59 3 6 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:09 COLO 42 2:10 7 -23 FG
10:08 UTAH 34 2:58 6 64
4:10 COLO 49 1:09 5 -16 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:42 COLO 3 0:45 4 -62 FG
12:44 UTAH 19 0:49 3 3 Punt
11:05 UTAH 13 0:00 1 -3 TD
10:52 UTAH 37 0:46 2 3 INT
8:36 UTAH 25 2:01 8 24 Punt
3:53 UTAH 20 2:19 13 80 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:52 COLO 25 0:52 4 15
10:36 COLO 5 1:03 4 93 TD
9:10 COLO 22 1:15 3 -5 Punt
2:16 COLO 27 2:16 7 73 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:58 COLO 24 4:33 14 69 FG
7:39 UTAH 34 2:14 7 32 FG
1:38 COLO 9 0:29 3 8 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 COLO 25 0:38 3 2 Punt
11:54 COLO 25 1:35 3 3 Punt
7:00 COLO 2 2:44 9 47
2:58 COLO 25 2:58 9 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:48 COLO 16 0:52 4 15 Punt
11:46 COLO 39 0:34 3 5 Punt
10:00 COLO 27 1:16 3 4 Punt
6:28 COLO 9 2:25 5 38 Punt
1:34 COLO 42 1:12 6 16