Colorado was ranked for the first time this season but Utah football had upset on the mind. What did we learn from the Utes’ big win?
No one expected a 1-2 Utah team to march into Boulder and smack undefeated No. 21 Colorado around in the second half to run away with a 38-21 win. But the Utes did just that.
Kyle Whittingham showed just why he’s one of the best coaches in the conference and Jake Bentley showed signs of life at quarterback after transferring in from South Carolina this offseason. The Utes began the season 0-2 but finished with consecutive wins to close the 2020 campaign with a 2-2 mark.
What’d we learn from Utah’s upset win?
3. Jake Bentley was a steady presence
When Jake Bentley decided to transfer in from South Carolina, there were hopes that Kyle Whittingham would get more out of him than Will Muschamp ever did.
Through three games, Bentley was quiet but he was finally getting a shot to prove he deserved to be Utah’s QB1 with a start against the No. 21 team in the country. He showed just why people were excited about him transferring in with a solid game against the Buffaloes.
No one really expected Utah to come in and lay a hurt on undefeated Colorado like the Utes did, especially since the Buffaloes were playing for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, but Bentley was a big reason for that.
The senior quarterback was a steady veteran presence all afternoon long, completing 20-of-32 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Fans should hope he comes back in 2021.