In a week of college football upsets that began out West Thursday night in Eugene, Oregon it ends
down the West Coast in Pasadena, California.
"We said, ‘Hey, have you seen what’s going on last Thursday with Arizona and Oregon, and the upsets that were taking place?’" Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We have a chance to be right in that same conversation. Our players knew it. They knew that there were upsets going on.”
The Utah Utes came to the Rose Bowl and thanks to an Andy Phillips 29 yard field goal with 34 seconds left shocked UCLA 30-28 capping off a week where the college football spun out of control.
“I’m proud of our players and our coaches." Whittingham said. "That was a gutsy performance. It was a tough, hard-fought win."
"Obviously, this is a disappointing loss." UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. "My hat is off to Utah. They played a great game and beat us. We all take responsibility for that loss."
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns.
In a close game Utah was able to put together the final scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
Behind the rushing of Kendal Thompson and Devontae Booker the Utes were able to put together a 10 play 63 yard drive that took just under four minutes to set up game winning kick by Phillips.
"I’m trying to put our guys in position to win." Whittingham said. "It’s a great job by our players. I can’t say enough about them."
“And Andy Phillips, I mean, what more can you say about him? He’s got ice water in his veins." Whittingham said.