Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
The Colorado Buffaloes have turned the ball over three times in the first half.
The Colorado Buffaloes had hoped to end the season on a high note, looking for just their second win of the year as they faced Utah in the final game of the regular season. Turnovers and mistakes on offense, however, have led to a 17-14 deficit at halftime to the Utes in this Rocky Mountain rivalry.
Utah needed just one play to take a 7-0 lead after Travis Wilson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Dres Anderson game which followed Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman's interception less than a minute into the game. The Buffaloes responded when Hirschman connected with Nelson Spruce to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game, yet another turnover late in the first quarter led to a quick three points for Utah.
Hirschman's second interception of the first half on third down gave the Utes another short field, as Kelvin York's 4-yard touchdown run gave Utah a 17-7 lead late in the half. All 17 of Utah's points have come directly off Colorado turnovers.
Colorado responded with yet another lengthy drive capped by a 1-yard run by Hirschman to knock the lead by Utah down to just three points.