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No.14 Utah beats No.10 Oregon 38-10 for 1st Rose Bowl bid

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As the Utah players celebrated the Pac-12 championship surrounded by roses and confetti, the memories of two teammates who couldn’t share in the …
As the Utah players celebrated the Pac-12 championship surrounded by roses and confetti, the memories of two teammates who couldn’t share in the moment was paramount. The past year marked by tragedy following the deaths of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe will end with the long-coveted Rose Bowl bid. Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No.14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No.10 Oregon on Friday night. “Our mantra after the tragedy was we’re not going to get over it, but we’ll get through it,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “I believe our guys really did that and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Jordan died last Christmas from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Lowe, who also played with Jordan in high school, was then shot and killed at a house party in September. Their teammates used the memories as fuel for a season that ended with a title. “We’ve got a lot of toughness in us and resiliency, said Lloyd, who was named MVP of the game. “But at the same time, I also believe that they were there guiding us throughout the whole season. They were able to help us create things that I don’t think we ever would have done without them.” This game was a near carbon copy of the one in Salt Lake City two weeks ago when the Utes (10-3, No.17 CFP) jumped out early and won 38-7. While that game all but ended the playoff hopes for Oregon (10-3, No.10), the rematch delivered the Utes the Rose Bowl prize they had been seeking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

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