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Gordon Monson: Bruised and battered, Utah can bounce back because ... it has no other choice

After what happened on Friday night in the Pac-12 title game, a contest that not only saw Utah end up on the short end of a lopsided score, but also tore away at the robes and knocked off the crown the Utes would have worn as league champions, they need some perspective.

They are better than what they showed against Oregon, a high quality opponent to be sure and a worthy conference king now. Kyle Whittingham agreed that the Ducks out-Utah’ed the Utes in their North-versus-South battle. They didn’t just outscore them, they out-worked them, they out-muscled them, they shoved them back and punched them in the mouth and laughed at their pain.