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Scott G Winterton
Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham screams at the referee after a failed fourth down attempt as Utah and Washington play in the Pac-12 Championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Washington won 10-3.

Although the Utah Utes had struggled throughout the entire night to get their offense going in the Pac-12 Championship Game against the Washington Huskies on Friday night, they were driving in the closing minute and down just 10-3.

Any hope of a miracle was dashed when a fourth-down pass from Jason Shelley to Siaosi Mariner was incomplete, but the play left not just Ute fans on Twitter angry, but national pundits, too, as it appeared Washington's Byron Murphy committed pass interference on Mariner.

The play was not flagged.

The Utes trailed the Huskies 3-0 at halftime, and as the score indicated, the first two quarters were a struggle for both teams.

On Twitter, Utah fans have expressed frustration with the Utes' slow start offensively, although at least one person recognized that the Huskies' good defense is contributing to that.

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The Huskies got on the board in the second quarter. The scoreless first quarter was the first opening frame in Pac-12 Championship Game history that ended in a 0-0 tie.

Right after the above tweet was sent, Utah started putting together a solid drive as halftime approached, although it stalled at midfield as the Utes used just one timeout and quarterback Jason Shelley was sacked to take Utah out of field goal range.

In the third quarter, disaster struck for the Utes as Britain Covey suffered a knee injury and later went to the sideline wielding crutches with a brace on.