Beat-up No. 20 Utes face Northwestern in Holiday Bowl
Holiday Bowl: Northwestern (8-5) vs. No. 20 Utah (9-4, No. 17, CFP), at San Diego, Monday, 7 p.m. EST (FS1).
Line: Utah by 7.
Series Record: 1-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Utah is looking for its 15th win in its last 16 bowl games dating to the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl. The Utes are 11-1 in bowl games under coach Kyle Whittingham. Whittingham played in the first four Holiday Bowls, for BYU. Northwestern is looking for school-best three-game bowl winning streak.
Pac-12 South champ Utah looks to extend win streak over BYU
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah had to travel a rocky road to finally claim the school's first Pac-12 South title.
The No. 18 Utes navigated a tough conference schedule and survived season-ending injuries to quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Still, Utah did not stumble before the finish line in November like in past seasons.
Shelley, Shyne help Utah beat Oregon 32-25
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jason Shelley may be a freshman and undersized for a major college quarterback, but he doesn't lack confidence.
"We know what we can do. We know we can play. We're here for a reason," Shelley said. "We couldn't wait to prove it."
In his first start, Shelley ran for two touchdowns and Armand Shyne had 174 yards rushing to power Utah past Oregon 32-25 on Saturday.
Utah back Zack Moss suffers season-ending knee injury
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah running back Zack Moss will miss the rest of the season after injuring a knee injury in practice Wednesday.
"So many emotions. So many tears. I'm coming back stronger. God's plan," Moss tweeted Thursday night after learning that his injury would end his season and that he would need surgery.
No. 23 Utah rolls over UCLA 41-10 behind Moss’ career night
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Zack Moss and Utah rushed their way to another big Pac-12 win.
Moss gained a career-high 211 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns, helping the 23rd-ranked Utes beat UCLA 41-10 on Friday night.
"We got back to playing Utah football and we've been able to do a lot of good things," Moss said.
Utah dominates USC for a 41-28 win
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has made a living out of punishing other teams with aggressive defense. Now it looks like those opponents have equal reasons to fear the Utes on offense.
Tyler Huntley threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing to lead Utah to a 41-28 victory over Southern Cal on Saturday night.
Huntley matched a career-high in passing yards to help the Utes beat the Trojans for the third straight time at home. Zack Moss added 136 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Huntley passes, runs, catches for TDs, Utah rolls Arizona
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tyler Huntley is flashing his familiar gap-toothed smile a lot more often these days.
"Man, that was pretty tight," Huntley said with a wide grin after he threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and caught a 58-yard TD pass, leading Utah past Arizona 42-10 on Friday night.
Utah beats No. 14 Stanford 40-21 as injured Love sits out
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The defense was opportunistic all night, the running game was productive and Utah even delivered some big plays through the air for a change.
After two straight losses to open the Pac-12 season, the Utes finally put everything together.
Jaylon Johnson returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Zack Moss ran for two scores, leading Utah to a 40-21 victory over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday night.
Beavers’ Jermar Jefferson makes a splash among Pac-12 RBs
There's already a somewhat surprising development early in the Pac-12 season. The top two backs aren't named Love and Gaskin, but instead Jefferson and Pierce. And they're from Oregon State.
Yes, they're Beavers.
The Pac-12's 2018 class of running backs is unquestionably led by Stanford's Bryce Love, a Heisman finalist last year who returned for his senior year. Washington's Myles Gaskin came back for another season, too. Utah's Zack Moss is also considered a rusher to watch this fall.
Interception return for TD helps Utah beat N. Illinois 17-6
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Utah's offense remains a work in progress.
The Utes (2-0) were shut out in the first half on Saturday night before rallying in the final two quarters en route to a 17-6 nonconference victory over Northern Illinois (0-2).
Utah eyes 21st straight non-conference win with visit to NIU
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Utah might be the last team Northern Illinois would have liked to host this particular weekend.
Northern Illinois (0-1) lost 33-7 at Iowa last week, scuffling to score while Utah (1-0) held Weber State to just 59 net yards of offense in a 41-10 victory. The Utes will play the Huskies on Saturday night looking for their 21st straight non-conference victory since 2012 in a rare Midwest trip.
Moss Rushes for 150 yards; Utah rolls over Weber St. 41-10
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah players found themselves down 10-0 and saw its in-state underdog opponents celebrating on the other sideline.
Zack Moss and the Utes turned the tables in a hurry.
"We weren't nervous. We knew adversity would come at some point," Utah wide receiver Britain Covey said after his first game since 2015. "We know what we're capable of."
Utah poised to make a move in the Pac-12 South
If any team has a path to make a move up in the Pac-12 South, it's Utah.
While the two Los Angeles teams adjust to new quarterbacks, and the Arizona teams (and UCLA) break in new coaches, steady Utah has nine starters back on offense, including quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Not to mention continuity at the helm with coach Kyle Whittingham.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Figuring out how to stop Zack Moss could become a shared nightmare for Utah opponents this season.
Moss already offered a glimpse of what he could do in the backfield a year ago after rushing for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Now the junior has the size he needs to be a truly dominant back in the Pac-12.
He entered Utah's fall camp this week at 220 pounds after putting an extra 10 pounds on his 5-foot-10 frame during the offseason.
Running back Armand Shyne on comeback trail at Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second straight year, Utes running back Armand Shyne has entered spring camp trying to bounce back from a major injury.
But he's not letting it deter him from trying to carve out a major role in Utah's backfield.
Shyne redshirted last season after breaking his left arm in fall camp. Two years ago, a knee injury sidelined him after only five games.
Going through the rehabilitation process a second time has taught the redshirt junior what it takes to keep moving forward.
Moss, Utah run past West Virginia 30-14 in Heart of Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — Zack Moss took a third-down handoff and burst through the line into an opening in the middle of the field. Utah was off and running to another bowl victory.
Heart Of Dallas Bowl Matchup
Utah (6-6, Pac-12) vs. West Virginia (7-5, Big 12), Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. EST
Utah: RB Zack Moss, 1,023 yards rushing, nine rushing touchdowns.
West Virginia: WR David Sills V, 60 catches for 980 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Utah: The Utes lost six of their final eight games but beat Colorado 34-13 in their regular-season finale to become bowl eligible. QB Tyler Huntley missed that game with an injury.
Bowl bound: Utah beats Colorado 34-13 behind RB Zack Moss
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — This was not the season Utah dreamt of in August as the players and coaching staff had aspirations of winning a Pac-12 South division title and earning a chance at a conference championship. The Utes, however, were all smiles Saturday after finishing the regular season with a .500 record.
Zack Moss ran for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns as Utah defeated Colorado 34-13 in the regular-season finale to earn win No. 6 and officially become bowl eligible.
No. 19 Washington State looks to stay in Pac-12 contention
No. 19 Washington State (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12, CFP No. 19) at Utah (5-4, 2-4), Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Huntley throws for 4 TDs, Utah rolls to 48-17 win over UCLA
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah talked all week about getting its swagger back after four consecutive demoralizing losses. The Utes did exactly that, led by a pair of Florida high school teammates in Tyler Huntley and Zack Moss.
Huntley had 327 total yards and four passing touchdowns as Utah defeated short-handed UCLA 48-17 on Friday night.
The Utes (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) snapped a four-game losing streak and are one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
Arizona State, Utah meet in Pac-12 South showdown
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has practically been begging his running backs to run more aggressively this season. He finally got it last week.
The Utes' new pass-first offense immediately improved the aerial attack but the running game didn't have the same kind of pop as in the past. Quarterback Tyler Huntley was the team's leading rusher through three games as the new scheme included a lot more called QB runs.
Huntley leads Utah to 37-16 win over North Dakota
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zack Moss has seen this before.
The sophomore running back started in the Utah backfield alongside sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley, his Hallandale (Fla.) high school teammate, and the pair shined in the Utes' season opener on Thursday night.
Huntley threw for 227 yards, rushed for 70 and accounted for three touchdowns as the Utes overwhelmed FCS North Dakota 37-16.
Utah’s Zack Moss named No. 1 RB after injury to Armand Shyne
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sophomore Zack Moss is officially the No. 1 running back for the Utah Utes after a tight camp competition with Armand Shyne ended with a long-term injury to Shyne.
The junior went down during a team period Saturday in what coach Kyle Whittingham called a fluke. Utah does not typically disclose details of injuries that are not season-ending.
That leaves the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Moss of Hialeah Gardens, Florida, as the successor to last year's 1,400-yard rusher, Joe Williams.
RB Williams returns from retirement to help No. 19 Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joe Williams had a feeling his phone would be ringing soon after seeing Utah starting running back Armand Shyne go down with a season-ending injury in Game 6.
His fiancee and father were the first to mention the possibility to the former Utah running back.
Utah hurting coming into Oregon State game
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Injuries have begun to mount for No. 21 Utah — so much so that coach Kyle Whittingham was rightfully dramatic about the situation this week.
"This is the worst I can remember, and I've been here a lot of years," he said.
The Utes (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) travel to Corvallis for Saturday's game against Oregon State (2-3, 1-1) with a depleted roster, especially at running back. Utah lost sophomore Armand Shyne for the season during a 36-23 victory over Arizona last Saturday.
Utah looks to build on BYU win when Utes face San Jose St.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham saw a glimpse of the offensive efficiency he wants during a 19-play, 78-yard drive that tied up most of the fourth quarter last week in the Utes' over rival BYU.
"That was a thing of beauty," Whittingham said. "You get in that situation where you have a lead in the fourth quarter, you've got to run to win. And that's what we did."