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Oregon's Byron Marshall (9) breaks away for a 70-yard touchdown reception during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Ohio State Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship had a scene eerily too familiar to fans in the state of Utah.

One play after Oregon forced a turnover in the third quarter trailing 21-10, the Ducks capitalized as quarterback Marcus Mariota hit wide receiver Byron Marshall for a 70-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to a single-score game.

Hold that thought. On replay, Marshall dropped the ball close to the goal line, and officials reviewed the play to see if he let go of it too early, which would have resulted in wiping the touchdown off the board. The play held after review, however, and Oregon cut the Ohio State lead to 21-17.

Despite the score, though, the Buckeyes' ground game was too much as Ohio State won the national championship 42-20.

It wasn't the first time Marshall has endured controversy at the goal line. In the Ducks' first-week victory over South Dakota, he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line and an apparent touchdown was wiped off the board.

Monday's play brought back reminders of when Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay dropped the ball before crossing the goal line in the Utes' eventual 51-27 loss to Oregon during the regular season. Instead of a Clay touchdown giving Utah a 14-0 lead on the Ducks in the second quarter, Oregon returned the fumble for a score and grabbed the momentum en route to a win.

Clay finished the season strong after his gaffe against the Ducks, and after Marshall's near-fumble Monday night, he tweeted, "NO BYRON NO!!!!"

It was a play that hit close to home for Utah college football fans. Here's a look at how people from around the Beehive State reacted to the play:

Prophet sighting in Dallas: A few fans at the title game showed up with oversized head posters of two leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. They also had a large cutout of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an Oregon uniform holding a trophy.

The trio and their signs made it on the ESPN broadcast of the game.

Showing off his abs: Ohio State sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott made a big impression in Monday's game, rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Buckeye offense. Locals also commented on his jersey, which was rolled up and showed off his midriff, a look that was much more popular in the 1980s and ’90s.

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