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Demari Simpkins Returns Punt For Touchdown

Utah Utes wide receiver Demari Simpkins (3) returns a punt for a 66-yard touchdown during the second half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Courtesy of Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Utes wide receiver and specialist Demari Simpkins returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown.

It’s his first career punt return for a touchdown and the first one this season for the Utes in his final game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The score gave Utah a 31-7 lead over the Colorado Buffaloes with under one minute remaining in the third quarter.

It’s been three years since Utah returned a punt for a touchdown. The last time was in 2016 when Boobie Hobbs ran in a punt return for a score against Colorado.

The play may have been motivating for the No. 6 ranked team in the country. The previous play before the punt by Colorado, three flags were thrown. Colorado offensive linemen threw punches and were only assessed one unsportsmanlike penalty and the Utes had two players get flagged.

Utah scored 31 unanswered points in the second and third quarters after trailing Colorado 7-0 after the first period of action.