No.3 Oregon Ducks CFP hopes darken after landslide loss to Utah

Oregon’s No.3 mission to reach the college football playoffs for the first time since 2014 took a hard hit on Saturday after the Ducks were overwhelmed by host Utah in a 38-7 rout.

“Everyone is upset and disappointed as we should be,” said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. “It should burn. It should hurt a lot. Guys are competitors, and it’s tough too because we’re so proud to be resilient and to be able to bounce back from adversity. And tonight we did. not done a good enough job. “

Oregon had fallen behind and played in close games throughout the season, but always found ways to respond – including in their overtime loss to Stanford, in which the Ducks were down 10 in the half time. Against Utah, there was none of that.

They settled for two missed goals in the first half before falling behind 21-0, then surrendered a 78-yard punt return touchdown by Britain Covey as time ended in the first half . By that time, it was clear the Ducks would not be returning.

“The best way to put it is that the responsibility is entirely mine. Every head coach should always do it,” said Cristobal. “On the other hand, there is a lot to play with – a lot. Most of our goals are still ahead of us. And we have to prepare for it quickly by getting back to work and they aren’t going to fix themselves, but surely not the norm tonight. “

“It hurts,” added Cristobal. “It must hurt, and everyone should be using this injury as the right kind of motivation. We should be really motivated to play this next week because we have a ton of play for, and by the time we wake up on it. morning this things must be behind us and we must move forward. “

Cristobal has announced that wide receivers Johnny Johnson III (25 catches, 311 yards) and Jaylon Redd (13 catches, 197 yards) will miss the remainder of the season with injury. The news follows Mycah Pittman’s announcement this week that he was leaving the team and would be transferred. All three were among the team’s top five receiving leaders.

The victory won the Pac-12 South for Utah and coach Kyle Whittingham, who became the Utes all-time winning leader (142) with the win.

Coupled with Oregon State’s 24-10 victory over Arizona State on Saturday, the Ducks must now beat the Beavers in their rivalry game next week to set up a rematch with Utah in the Pac title game. -12 in Las Vegas on December 3.

Oregon State and Washington State can also reach the Pac-12 title game. The Beavers would advance to the title game with a win over Oregon and Washington State losing to Washington in the Apple Cup. Washington State would advance if it beat Washington and Oregon State beat Oregon.

Utah edged the Ducks 386-294 and converted 11 of 14 third down chances. The Utes dominated the line of scrimmage and limited Oregon to 63 rushing yards, while setting the tone with 208 rushing yards.

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