LAS VEGAS — All week leading up to the Pac-12 Football Championship, Oregon Ducks players and coaches harped on how this match-up against Utah would be different. When the final whistle blew, the only difference between the regular-season game and the Pac-12 title game was an additional field goal for Oregon.
The Ducks were once again embarrassed.
Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 17 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.
This game was a near carbon copy of the one in Salt Lake City two weeks ago when the Utes jumped out early and won 38-7. While that game all but ended the playoff hopes for Oregon, the rematch delivered coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utes the Rose Bowl prize they had been seeking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.