SALT LAKE CITY -- The 17th ranked Utah football team went into their game against 15th ranked Arizona Saturday with a chance to win the Pac-12 south division title, but their title hopes were gone midway through the fourth quarter, when the Wildcats turned a close game into a blowout.
Arizona scored 21 unanswered points in the final period to beat Utah 42-10.
"Got out-coached, got outplayed, pretty apparent,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “As bad as we were, the turning point of the game was the punt return that got called back and kind of spiraled out of control from there."
Arizona running back Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to the win.
Utah starting quarterback Travis Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Westlee Tonga in the second quarter, but he also threw two interceptions and was replaced by Conner Manning in the fourth quarter. The red-shirt freshman didn’t do much better, throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
The Utes are now 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12.