Oregon got gritty Saturday night to pull out a hard-fought victory against Utah.

It was rewarded with a bump in the rankings Sunday morning.

The Ducks moved back into the top 10 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports Coaches polls, a result of their 20-17 win against the then-No. 10 Utes at Autzen Stadium as they improved to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in Pac-12 play.

Oregon nickel back Bennett Williams, left, celebrates an interception with teammate JJ Greenfield as the No. 12 Oregon Ducks host the No. 10 Utah Utes in Oregon’s final home game of the season at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Saturday.

Oregon moved up two spots to No. 10 in the AP poll with 1,009 points to sneak in between No. 9 Tennessee (9-2), which received 1,058 points, and No. 11 Penn State (9-2), which received 994 points.

The Ducks moved up four spots to No. 9 in the USA TODAY poll.

Oregon wraps up the regular season Saturday in Corvallis against Oregon State (8-3), which also did some poll climbing this week following its win against Arizona State in Tempe Saturday afternoon.

The Beavers moved up three spots to No. 22 in the AP poll and went from unranked to No. 22 in the USA TODAY poll.

A win in the rivalry game will secure Oregon’s spot in the Pac-12 Championship game Dec. 2 and keep them in contention for a Rose Bowl berth.

“There’s an awareness obviously of what exists in front of us,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said Saturday after the Utah win. “That was an elite game, all of our focus and attention was on that game. Now it’s going to be on the next one and you worry about the things you can control and what we can control is how we go perform against a really good Oregon State team. We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, and tomorrow, we’ll be hard at work for that.”





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