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Thomas Named Rose Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week

Nov 2, 2021

PASADENA, Calif. – Utah running back Tavion Thomas has been named the Rose Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week, it was announced today.

Thomas is the second Ute to earn Rose Bowl recognition this season with Devin Lloyd being named the Rose Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week after his performance against Arizona State.

The Dayton, Ohio, native had a career night in Utah's win over UCLA, rushing for a career best 160 yards and a school record-tying four touchdowns. His four touchdowns is tied for second in single-game touchdowns in the FBS this season and the most by a Ute since 2016 (Joe Williams at UCLA).

Along with his season high 24 carries, Thomas averaged 6.7 yards per rush for his third 100-yard rushing game this season. He now has three multi-touchdown games this season and four in his career.

Thomas scored the first and last points of the game, starting with a 10-yard rushing touchdown on Utah's opening drive. His second touchdown of the game came moments after the Utes retired the No. 22 with Utah facing a third-and-four. The sophomore would end up bouncing off tackles for an eight-yard rushing touchdown to give the Utes a 13-3 advantage.

He punched in a 10-yard rushing score to end the first half with the Utes taking a commanding 28-10 lead into the locker room with Thomas becoming the first player to score three rushing touchdowns in a game since Ty Jordan's final game as a Ute in 2020 (vs. Washington State).

Thomas would put an exclamation point on the game with his spectacular 24-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. With 7:14 on the clock, Thomas was handed the ball for his longest rushing touchdown of the season, giving the Utes their final score of 44-24.

Thomas and the Utes return to action on Friday, Nov. 5 when they take on the Stanford Cardinal on the road. The game is set for an 8:30 p.m. kick on FS1.

Tavion Thomas • 2021 Awards and Accolades

  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
  • Rose Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week