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Boulder, Colo. • Boobie Hobbs has another return to add to his highlight reel and this time he didn't need a decoy.
The junior cornerback and returner dashed 55 yards for the second return touchdown of his career, using a variety of sidesteps and blocks to cut back to his left and run free for the last 35 yards to the end zone.
Hobbs came into the game averaging 6.4 yards per punt return. It was his first touchdown return of the season, and the longest this year as well.
The Louisiana native famously made his other punt return for a score against Oregon last year, a 69-yard play that Britain Covey sold playing as a decoy. Utah has now had at least one punt return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons.
Williams throws rare interception
Utah junior quarterback Troy Williams did something Saturday that he doesn't often do: throw it to the other team.
In Williams' defense, his first interception since playing UCLA last month came on an end-of-half Hail Mary, thrown intentionally into a group of Utah receivers and Colorado defensive backs gathered in the end zone. Safety Tedric Thompson came down with the contested ball and made a game return before being pushed out of bounds past the midfield line.
The pick was Williams' first in 121 attempts, and he had completed 64 in between interceptions. The pick was only William's second interception in conference play, and the sixth on the year.
Tauteoli returns, doesn't start
Junior linebacker Sunia Tauteoli returned to the field, but not right away.
After missing a start last week as a gametime decision, Tauteoli again warmed up in uniform but did not start. The Utes ran five-man fronts for most of the game, and played Kavika Luafatasaga as the sole linebacker.
Tauteoli saw action near the end of the first half, getting in on a goal-line play for Luafatasaga, who was shaken up on a play and had to sit for a down.
Colorado sells out
Something happened at Folsom Field that hadn't happened in eight years.
The Buffs sold the place out.
Officially, 52,301 fans were listed in attendance on Saturday night, streaming in for the top 25 matchup and the Senior Night for the No. 9-ranked home team. Colorado hadn't sold out since Dan Hawkins, the last coach to lead the Buffs to a bowl game, was in charge.