Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez (12) comes under pressure from Utah Utes linebacker Sunia Tauteoli (10) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham greets quarterback Troy Williams (3) during a ceremony for seniors before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) is tackled on a run by Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Evan Worthington (6) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) lines up a pass during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 21-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 21-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) and quarterback Troy Williams (3) warm up before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) hands the ball off to running back Zack Moss (2) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) celebrates his second touchdown of the night, putting the Utes up 28-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 14-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates his second touchdown of the night, putting the Utes up 14-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham works the sideline during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) smiles after running the ball during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes linebacker Cody Barton (30) recovers a fumble from Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez (12) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes players celebrate their win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball as Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Rick Gamboa (32) and defensive end George Frazier (5) collide at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Evan Worthington (6) attempts the tackle at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah marching band arrives before the game between the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah marching band arrives before the game between the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes defensive back Boobie Hobbs arrives before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah marching band arrives before the game between the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah marching band plays as the team arrives before the game between the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah Utes arrive before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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The Utah Utes arrive before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes defensive back Boobie Hobbs (1) enters the field to warm up before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Troy McCormick Jr. (4) kisses his daughter, Eva McCormick, 10 months, before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Kyle Fulks (6) wears a helmet with the "U" sign on it before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes defensive back Julian Blackmon (23) leaps for a catch while warming up before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes offensive lineman Orlando Umana (50) and teammates warm up before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates his second touchdown of the night, putting the Utes up 14-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring, putting the Utes up 7-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes offensive lineman Jackson Barton (70), wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) and quarterback Troy Williams (3) celebrate after Williams ran for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 21-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole (7) trips and falls on a run during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 7-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes defensive back Chase Hansen (22) tackles Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (8) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) is charged with pass interference as he covers Utah Utes wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Demari Simpkins (17) reels in a pass during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) evades the tackle from Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Drew Lewis (20) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes defensive back Boobie Hobbs (1) dances on the field during the fourth quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez (12) runs the ball for a touchdown, making the score 31-13 Utes, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes linebacker Cody Barton (30) and Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver K.D. Nixon (13) scuffle during the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole (7) runs the ball during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Demari Simpkins (17) evades the tackle from Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Dante Wigley (4) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) breaks up a pass intended for Utah Utes wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez (12) winds up for a pass during the game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez (12) moves under pressure during the game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham and Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre shake hands after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) greets a young fan as he leaves the field after his team's win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes wide receiver Darren Carrington II (9) reels in a pass over Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Afolabi Laguda (1) at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball as Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Rick Gamboa (32) and defensive end George Frazier (5) collide at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes offensive lineman Salesi Uhatafe (74) greets people on the field during a ceremony for seniors before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs for a touchdown, putting the Utes up 21-0 over the Colorado Buffaloes after the PAT, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
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Two teams with bowl aspirations took the gridiron on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Both at 5-6, the winner would become bowl eligible and the loser's season would be over. Utah started the scoring in the first quarter and never let up leading 28-0 vs. Colorado in the first half. Zack Moss had his best game of the season and senior quarterback Troy Williams didn't have major miscues helping the Utes win 34-13.

Offense

With Tyler Huntley out due to injury, senior Troy Williams came to play along with running back Zack Moss. Williams threw for 181 yards while running for two touchdowns as well. Moss anchored the rushing attack with 196 yards and two touchdowns himself. The offense got the ground game running early, which set the tempo for the evening. Even Devonta'e Henry-Cole got in on the action with 9 carries for 79 yards. Being able to start on the right foot was key for this offense that has been better than the last few weeks, but has still been criticized for its third-down efficiency and red-zone production.

Grade: A

Defense

The Ute defense didn't allow any points until the 9:34 mark of the third quarter. A far cry from the weeks where this unit was prone to getting scored on immediately. By limiting the passing attack and the ground game to 319 total yards, Utah didn't seem like they needed to press while in a must-win game. This also helped the defensive side to rush the quarterback because of their consistent secondary play. In the second half, the defense started to bend more allowing two touchdowns for Colorado's score to look more reasonable. But, one takeaway and 5 sacks kept the Utah defense ahead of running back Phillip Lindsay and the rest of the Buffaloes offense one step behind all evening.

Grade: A-

Special Teams

This unit continues to impress for the Utes. Matt Gay made all four extra points and went 2 for 2 on field goals, too. Mitch Wishnowsky and the punt team kept Colorado to zero return yards, pinning Colorado each time. Furthermore, there were no miscues on special teams which can make or a break a game.

Grade: A

Coaching

The Utes could have come out flat after a close loss last week against Washington, but the coaching staff did not allow that to happen. Coach Kyle Whittingham had his boys ready and offensive coordinator Troy Taylor stuck to a formula that worked: run the ball and run the ball some more. The offensive line was able to succeed with this game plan. After a season that had high expectations, the Utes get to go to a bowl game. The coaching staff is a big reason Utah looked ready to end the regular season on a high note.

Grade: A

Overall

The Utes are bowl eligible. That means 15 more practices to prepare for a game that matters to the program and the fans. Where will they go bowling? Sure, it wasn't what the Utes dreamed of at the beginning of the season, but their year continues. Let the bowl possibilities begin.

Grade: A-

Shane Reinhard is a graduate of Weber State University and a teacher and coach at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden, Utah. Email: sreinhard@stjosephutah.com. Follow on Twitter @hoopsters12.