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Ducks falter in crucial contest against Utah

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Oregon's Kris Hutson has 4 receptions for 96 yards in the Ducks' 38-7 loss to Utah on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Salt Lake City.

No. 4 Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes were ended after Saturday’s 38-7 loss to No. 24 Utah.

The Ducks went into the must-win game leading the Pac 12 North, while the Utes were atop the Pac 12 South.

Anthony Brown threw for 231 yards and a touchdown for Oregon (9-2 overall, 6-2 Pac 12). That was the only touchdown for the Ducks, whose offense faltered for the duration of the game.

Oregon was plagued with injuries and were without senior receivers Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd to start the game. Safety and defensive leader Verone McKinley was injured in the second quarter and did not return.

Utah’s Tavion Thomas ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns to help the Utes (8-3 overall, 7-1 Pac-12) wrap up a share of the Pac-12 South title and a spot in the conference championship game.

The loss puts Oregon out of contention for a spot in the College Football Playoffs and also puts them in a precarious position in the Pac 12 North standings. Oregon State (7-4 overall, 5-3 Pac 12) won their match-up against Arizona State Saturday, keeping them in second place in the Pac 12 North. The Ducks and Beavers meet Sat., Nov. 27 where the Pac 12 North title will be decided.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.