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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah needed a win to have a chance at bowl eligibility, but their fate was quickly determined when Washington State took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Utah battled back and made it a better game, but still fell to the Cougars 49-37, ending its postseason chances.
All season Utah has struggled to contain the ball on the game's opening drive, and Saturday's effort was no different as the Cougars easily moved the ball down field for a quick touchdown and 7-0 lead.
"The Utes continue a frustrating trend of giving up a touchdown on the first series of the game. Ugh," tweeted Matt Canham.
"I don't get why the utes always start like they never have played football before," Ian Lyman tweeted.
Although the opening drive was anything but encouraging, it was what happened on the offensive side of the ball for Utah that had many fans frustrated. Quarterback Adam Schulz threw two pick six interceptions, spotting the Cougars an easy 14 points.
"They now have the same amount of INTs in one game than #Utes have all season," Steve Tate tweeted.
Tough emotional season for the good guys in crimson and white. Way to fight through all adversity and tough times just came up sorry.
"It's times like these when I question why I'm a utes fan," Niki Eskelson tweeted.
"I absolutely hate to say it but #Utes don't deserve a bowl game," tweeted Torrey Harmon. "Disappointing is the understatement of the year the way they started."
The Utes had a chance late in the fourth quarter after tight end Jake Murphy caught a 64-yard pass from Adam Schulz to cut the lead to 6 points.
"Jake Murphy is going to be a nice fantasy option in the near future," Shane Blackett tweeted. "Big time player."
"I feel like this season could have been so much different if we had @Jake_Murphy82 all year!," Courtney Taylor tweeted.
"Please come back for 2014-15 Jake Murphy," Utes in the NFL tweeted. "Please."
However, the Utes stalled late in the game and allowed the Cougars to complete an easy 71-yard touchdown reception.
"This one is on the D," tweeted Dustin Tate. "#Utes O scores 37. Holliday leads conference in INTs and Utes can't get one. Something needs to give."
The season, as a whole, has been an emotional roller coaster with adversity striking before the season began. Despite it all, Utah has fought hard and will be forced to address their issues in the offseason and hope for another chance at bowl eligibility.
"Tough emotional season for the good guys in crimson and white," tweeted J Waters. "Way to fight through all adversity and tough times just came up sorry."
"Well, at least we didn't lose everything to Colorado this time," Bryon Colindres tweeted.