UCLA is your Pac-12 South representative in the conference title game, having clinched its spot before playing its final game -- a rivalry matchup with USC on Saturday. The Bruins can thank Colorado for that after the Buffaloes won their first road game in 24 tries. In fact, no player on the Colorado roster had won a road game, until the Buffaloes ended Utah's Pac-12 South hopes with a 17-14 win on Friday.
It was an odd game all-around for Utah, who seemed to have the inside track to the Pac-12 Championship Game, facing a struggling Colorado squad while UCLA had to face a red-hot USC team. But Utah struggled out of the gate, falling into a 10-0 hole at the half. In the third quarter, matters went from bad to worse as star running back John White IV had to be helped off the field with an ankle injury.
Still, Utah was able to mount a comeback, cutting the Colorado lead to three by the end of the third quarter, 17-14. But Coleman Petersen, the kicker who was nails in a win over Washington State last week, couldn't come through for the Utes, despite ample opportunities in the fourth quarter. Petersen was 0-3 on the day, including a miss that would've tied it midway through the final frame and a miss just before time expired.
Colorado finally got a road win, Utah's Pac-12 South hopes fell by the wayside and UCLA, idle on the day, secured its berth in the championship game with the Buffs 17-14 victory.