"You can shut them out one quarter, but you have to sustain it for four quarters. That's what it's all about. Football is played in four quarters," said Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins Jr. "That's the deal with playing a game up a level. You can hang with them in the beginning, but their depth outweighs your depth."
The Bears, who have now lost 12 consecutive games over two seasons, lost three starters to injury.
Utah moves on to face Utah State next Friday in Logan.
"Overall it was a decent start. Obviously the degree of difficulty gets much higher next week," Whittingham said. "We're going to have to play good football up in Logan. They're going to be well-coached. I think Gary (Andersen) has done a lot of great things with that program."
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