By Matthew Coles

The Associated Press

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SALT LAKE CITY — Jason Shelley is only a freshman and is undersized for a major-college quarterback, but he does not lack confidence.

“We know what we can do. We know we can play. We’re here for a reason,” Shelley said. “We couldn’t wait to prove it.”

In his first start, Shelley ran for two touchdowns and Armand Shyne had 174 yards rushing to power Utah past Oregon 32-25 on Saturday.

The Utes (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) lost Tyler Huntley, their starting quarterback, and running back Zack Moss, who had already rushed for 1,092 yards this season, to injury within a few days of each other in the past week.

“They could either pick up the slack and move forward or feel sorry and mope and pout. But that is not us. That is not our culture,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of his team, which stayed atop the Pac-12 South standings.

Shelley utilized quick passes, a strong running game and some misdirection in the offense to complete 18 of 31 passes for 262 yards with no interceptions.

On a drive keyed by a 36-yard pass to Jaylen Dixon, Shelley punched in the go-ahead touchdown from 2 yards out with 6:48 to play.

The Utah defense, which dominated in the first quarter and then was on its collective heels when Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert starting finding receivers all over the field, stopped the Ducks (6-4, 3-4) on the ensuing possession when Jaylon Johnson broke up a fourth-down pass.

Herbert went 20-for-33 for 288 yards but was sacked four times and simply ran out of time. Dillon Mitchell caught eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including multiple acrobatic grabs.

Shyne’s running prowess bolstered a sustained drive that gobbled up Oregon’s timeouts and culminated in Matt Gay’s sixth field goal from 24 yards — a new school record.

After Utah’s last score, the Ducks had only 15 seconds to drive the entire field. Herbert got one completion but the clock ran out as he spiked the ball on second down. The officials ran off the field — trailed by some of the Oregon coaches — and then returned to announce that time had indeed expired after video review.