Social media reacts to Utah's ugly 19-14 win over Oregon State

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — With wild winds and pouring rain, No. 21 Utah became bowl eligible, beating Oregon State 19-14 at Reser Stadium Saturday. The win was nothing less than ugly, and two more Utes suffered injuries, but the show must go on.

Depleted of running backs, Joe Williams returned from a 27-day retirement to help Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12). He scored the game’s first touchdown, putting the Utes up 7-0 with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Williams finished with 179 rushing yards on 34 carries, Utah’s season-best.

> Game ball to Joe Williams > > — MUSS Emeritus (@MUSSemeritus) [October 15, 2016](

> I am happy for and proud of Joe Williams. Once we get Moss and McCormick back we will be in great shape > > — KiYi (@Uteman\_forever) [October 15, 2016](

At the end of the first quarter, Oregon State’s botched snap on a punt gave Utah a 35-yard safety. Kicker Andy Phillips later kicked a 25-yard field goal to put the Utes up 12-0 heading into halftime.

> I like getting the ball back on a punt. But I really like when the ball sails over the punter for a safety, and we still get the ball back. > > — Steve Bartle (@SBartleScout) [October 15, 2016](

Fans thought Utah would come out of halftime motivated after shutting out the Beavers in the first half and holding them to 55 yards. Instead, the Utes collapsed. They netted just 4 yards and struggled to complete a pass.

> Only Utah can go from looking so good to so lost during halftime. > > — Matthew Hugie (@MattHugieKSL) [October 15, 2016](

The Beavers cut the Utes’ lead to 12-7 in the middle of the third quarter, thanks to an 18-yard run by Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce. However, the Beavers missed two field goals of 51 and 27 yards, keeping Utah alive.

> They apparently don't have an automatic Andy on their team. > > — ☘ Sinnie (@JazDodgerUteGal) [October 15, 2016](

Utah quarterback Troy Williams answered with an 8-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. While he ran 40 yards on 15 carries, Williams’ throw game was off Saturday, as he finished 4-of-13 for 42 yards.

> So, Troy Williams maybe has his worst game as a Ute and...comes up huge at the end. > > — TheJazzyUte (@TheJazzyUte) [October 15, 2016](

> QB with the TD. 🏈❤️👋🏻 []( > > — Avery Mills (@alynn422) [October 15, 2016](

Oregon State (2-4, 1-2) tried to make a comeback with a last-minute touchdown, but it simply couldn’t overcome its miscues.

Utah’s defense did a great job for most of the game, especially safety Chase Hansen, who led the team with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. He also had a first-quarter interception that was returned for 24 yards.

> Moving Chase Hansen to defense is one of the better decisions Kyle Whittingham has made. > > — Shon of the dead 👹 (@inkedtater) [October 15, 2016](

> We've got a new mayor - Chase Hansen [\#SackLakeCity]( > > — Just Craig (@lvuteMoir) [October 15, 2016](

The injury bug continues to bite Utah. Safety Marcus Williams and linebacker Sunia Tauteoli left the game with injuries. Head coach Kyle Whittingham said he doesn’t think they’ll be season-ending.

> The fact that Utah is at 6-1 with so many new players and injuries is astounding. I'm very happy with this season so far overall. > > — Andrew Fox 🔥 (@FoxOnABox\_) [October 16, 2016](

Up next for the Utes is a road test against UCLA (3-3, 1-2) next Saturday.

> 2 Words.... > > BOWL! > > ELIGIBLE![\#LIGHTTHEU]( [\#UTES]( WIN![\#BEATUCLA]( > > — UteDaddy (@utedaddy) [October 15, 2016](

> Bowl eligible, control our destiny, won on the road, and tied with first place in the South. ALL COMPLAINTS RENDERED VOID. 6-1, ROSE BOWL! > > — Utah Pig Bus (@UtahPigBus) [October 15, 2016](

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