SALT LAKE CITY — Always so reliant on the run, Stanford switched things up near the goal line with time winding down.
Two passes. Two incompletions. And that was that as No. 5 Stanford's 13-game winning streak was snapped, falling 27-21 to Utah on Saturday.
Soon after Utah quarterback Travis Wilson took a final knee, the raucous crowd stormed the field to celebrate the team's biggest upset at home. It was the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.
Given the scare Utah gave No. 11 UCLA last week, the Cardinal (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) knew this wouldn't be easy.
"Every team that comes here has been in deep water and they've been close games," linebacker Trent Murphy said. "It was not a surprise to us that they played well.
"We're disappointed more than anything else."
Stanford coach David Shaw tried to explain the curious play calling with a minute left to play, saying he wanted to save their final timeout.
On third down, Kevin Hogan gave the look of a run, only to drop back and pass, missing Charlie Hopkins.
Stanford then called timeout.
On fourth, with 2 yards to go for a new set of downs, Hogan, amid heavy pressure, overthrew Devon Cajuste.