KSL Sports Live Blog: Pac-12 Championship Game

Nov 30, 2018, 4:38 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm
Pac-12 Championship Trophy. (Amy Donaldson/Deseret News)...
Pac-12 Championship Trophy. (Amy Donaldson/Deseret News)
(Amy Donaldson/Deseret News)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The University of Utah and the University of Washington face off for the Pac-12 Championship. Utah won the Pac-12 south division while Washington was crown north division champions. KSL Sports is updating the game.


After the Huskies were forced to punt, Utah had one last chance to tie the game. Facing a forth and 12 with 32 seconds left in the game, Shelley’s pass to Mariner was broken up by Murphy and Washington comes away with a 10-3 win and the Pac-12 Championship.


That hope was short lived as three plays into the drive, Shelley is picked off by Murphy again. Shelley threw his third interception in his last five pass attempts.


Washington’s next possession went for 10:03 on 17 plays for 73 yards but the Utes hopes stayed alive with 5:10 left in the game as defensive tackle John Penisini blocked Washington’s 38-yard field goal.


Utah’s attempt to tie the game was cut short when Shelley threw a deep pass to wide receiver Solomon Enis and Huskies defensive back Jordan Miller intercepts the ball and gives Washington the ball at their own six-yard line with 13 seconds left.


A touchdown was finally scored with 1:05 left in the game as Shelley threw to wide receiver Siaosi Mariner but as he was falling on the ground, the ball hit his leg and deflected into the hands of defensive back Byron Murphy who returned the ball 66-yards for a touchdown. Washington held a 10-3 lead.


Utah received some tough news.

Wide receiver Britain Covey was injured on the kickoff return to start the third quarter, Utah found out late in the third quarter after he was evaluated that he would not return.


Washington had another productive drive when they got the ball back but was stalled by a holding call by offensive lineman Kaleb McGary. The Huskies faced a long fourth and 12 where Utah’s defense stopped them for the second time.


The Utes settled for a 52-yard field goal from Matt Gay that grazed the upright to tie the game with 11:17 left in the third quarter. That was the longest made field goal in Pac-12 Championship game history.


It took the Utes 14:45 to get into Washington territory. A sack from safety Taylor Rapp pushed the Utes out of field goal range and the Huskies lead the Utes 3-0 at halftime.


The Huskies had the ball with over three minutes left in the half, they went for it again on fourth down in the red zone and Browning scrambled for the first down. Utah’s defense held up and forced Washington to hit a 29-yard field goal to lead 3-0 with 3:08 left in the first half.


With 14:12 left in the second quarter, Browning threw the ball to Provo High School product Ty Jones who couldn’t catch the ball and the ball deflected off of his foot with Utes defensive back Javelin Guidry intercepting the pass.


Washington’s first drive was going well when they were approaching the red zone. On Utah’s 23-yard line, the Huskies went for it on fourth down. Utes cornerback Jaylon Johnson broke up the pass and Utah took over deep in their own territory.


The Pac-12 Championship game has officially kicked off.


Utah takes the field just moments before kickoff at Levi’s Stadium.


Utes fans fill up the fan section of Levi’s Stadium just before kickoff.


Washington takes the field for warm ups with 40-minutes until kickoff.


Utah fans are in big groups tailgating outside of Levi’s Stadium with an hour before the game begins.


The Utes are out on the field warming up with just over an hour until kickoff.


Utah’s equipment staff is ready for the game after setting out all of the uniforms for the Utes. Two hours before kickoff.


The University of Utah arrives at Levi’s Stadium before kickoff.

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