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That point could easily have marked the point where the Utes folded.
But Wilson kept the Utes in the game. He threw a 29-yard pass to Dres Anderson, then running back James Poole rushed 18 yards to Oregon State’s 8-yard line.
Two plays later, Wilson found the right corner of the end zone on a 9-yard run with 21 seconds remaining that tied the game at 45-45.
Oregon State failed to score in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime.
All the momentum and emotion seemed to be on the Utes’ side, but they had to settle for a 41-yard field goal from Andy Phillips in overtime.
That was the only chance Mannion needed as the quarterback ultimately found his man, and left Utah still searching for that elusive Pac-12 opening win.
Whittingham said he was proud of the way Wilson and his teammates fought in the game and believes their future looks bright. But at least on Saturday, all the Utes could think about was the painful loss.
"They are hurting," Whittingham said. "They spilled their guts to the bitter end."
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