Utes Win Huge Game Over Huskies 31-21Control Own Destiny in PAC-12 South, Lose Hays and Matthews to Injury Saturday's game between Utah and Washington in Seattle may as well been a playoff game. Both squads needed a win to keep their PAC-12 title hopes alive. A loss would all but kill their hopes for a conference title. Things started off great for the Utes. Electing to kickoff, their defense bent but did not break as the Huskies had to settle for a field goal attempt that just missed. Jon Hays would then lead a long drive for the Huskies, capped off by a 3 yard TD to Luke Matthews. 7-0 Utah. The Huskies would hit right back as Keith Price would drop back on 3rd and 8 and make LOLB Trevor Reilly look foolish, side stepping him and tossing to hit FB James Johnson for the 11 yard score. 7 all. The Husky defense would stand tall the next series as a CB blitz would see Jon Hays hit just before he could hit a wide open receiver. Washington would take advantage as they marched down the field. Price would cap off the drive once again, this time to James Johnson on a well thrown ball from 34 yards out. 14-7 Washington But the Ute ground game would answer, as John White would cap off a long, ground and pound drive from 34 yards out after evading FS Nate Fellner. 14 all. Washington would have another long drive, and drain as much off the clock as they could. But another huge stand by the Utah defense in their own redzone would see yet another Husky FG drop harmlessly to the turf, giving the Utes an opportunity to score before half time. The Utes would take full advantage of that opportunity, as Hays would hit Matthews for a long, 65-yard bomb down the middle of the field. The Utes would cap off their drive on 3rd and Goal from the 1 with a pass to FB Dallin Rogers. 21-14 Utes at the half. The Huskies desperately needed a stop to start the second half but Hays would show that his legs could do as much talking as Price's arm as he would have a 40 yard rush to the right. But two plays later would see Hays strain a pectoral muscle during a sack. Jordan Wynn would come right off the bench and deliver a 15 yard strike to Dres Anderson. The 3rd down conversion would see Matthews make another key play but a hamstring injury would also take him out of the game. Wynn would not lose a beat, however, as he would deliver a strike to Devonte Christopher to give the Utes a two possession lead with the ticking clock starting to sound much more ominous for Coach JFace. Once again, the Utah D would stand tall and get pressure on Price, not allowing him to get to his primary receivers and shadowing TE Austin S Jenkins every step. Washington would be forced to punt. The Husky D just could not stop the ground game for the Utes and they were able to drain plenty of time off the clock before kicking a field goal with seconds left in the 3rd to go up 31-14. Washington would make things interesting in the 4th as their defense would clamp down, finally, on the Utah offense and they managed to punch things in from two yards out on a Jesse Callier run. And while they managed to force a quick punt from the Utes, back-to-back sacks on their subsequent drive and an inability to stop the Utah offense ultimately downed the Huskies. "You hold a team to 43 yards rushing and get some big stops in the red zone like we did, and you're going to have some success," Baron said after the game. But it wasn't all celebrations post-game given the injuries to Hays and Matthews. "Those are two guys that have been big for us all season. Fortunately, Jordan was ready to step right in and we'll need to him to do that in the coming weeks." Matthews injury appears to be much more severe and he will likely miss the rest of the regular season. Hays is out three weeks and thus should be back in time for the PAC-12 championship game, "If we attend. We can't take Zona or Colorado lightly or we could piss this whole thing away," Baron said after the game.