The No. 4 Washington Huskies escaped Salt Lake City with a nail-biting PAC-12 victory over No. 17 Utah on Saturday, to remain undefeated, and to greatly help their College Football Playoff chances.
The game was tied 24-24 with 3:40 to go, when the Utes had to punt out of their own end zone. When in this situation as the punting team, the main thinking is “Don’t get the punt blocked!”, as that’s going to result in a safety or a touchdown for the opposition.
However, even if you get that punt away, it’s also going to result in a short field for the opposition… and a short field for the punt returner to run one back. And Washington punt returner Dante Pettis most certainly took advantage of that with this 58-yard touchdown:
Now, those are some brutal angles and tackling attempts by the Utah special teamers, but still an awesome return by Pettis. That would be the final scoring play in the game, as Washington hung on to win 31-24.