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Utah Bowl History (3-4)

1938 - Sun Bowl
       Utah 26, New Mexico 0

1946 - Pineapple Bowl
       Hawai'i 19, Utah 16

1964 - Liberty Bowl
       Utah 32, West Virginia 6

1992 - Weiser Lock Copper Bowl
       Washington State 31, Utah 28

1993 - Freedom Bowl
       Southern Cal 28, Utah 21

1994 - Freedom Bowl
       Utah 16, Arizona 13

1996 - Copper Bowl
       Wisconsin 38, Utah 10

Note: Utah was invited to both the Sun Bowl and the Pineapple Bowl in 1951, but declined the invitations. In 1941, the Utes were scheduled to play Hawai'i in the Pineapple Bowl a game that was cancelled due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

1938 Sun Bowl Recap

EL PASO - Predicted as the most even match-up of the 1938 bowl season, Utah blasted the forecasters and New Mexico, 26-0, on Jan. 2. Utah, the Big Seven champion, struck early. Tom Pace capped a 58-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run off a lateral from Ray Davis midway through the first quarter. With a minute remaining in the period, Ray Peterson intercepted a Lobo pass on the Ute 40-yard line and returned it for a second score. Peterson crossed the goal line again in the second quarter, on a fourth-down, 1-yard plunge.

New Mexico's highly-touted aerial attack never advanced past Utah's 40-yard line. As for the Utes, halfback Clarence Gehrke finished their scoring with a 10-yard dash. New Mexico, co-champion of the Border League, gained just 153 yards of total offense to Utah's 366. The Lobos picked up 59 yards by air to Utah's 18, but were intercepted four times.

Utah        14  6   0   6 - 23
New Mexico   0  0   0   0 -  0

Scoring Summary
UU--Pace 15 run (McGarry kick)
UU--Peterson 60 interception return (McGarry kick)
UU--Peterson 1 run (kick failed)
UU--Gehrke 10 run (kick failed)

1946 Pineapple Bowl Recap

HONOLULU - Utah drew first blood, when quarterback Cannon Parkinson found Ralph Olsen for a 24-yard touchdown play in the first quarter. But Hawai'i bounced back with touchdowns in each of the final three stanzas to claim a 19-16 win in the Pineapple Bowl.

Utah entered the game as the nation's top rushing team, but couldn't get the job done against the smaller, faster Islanders. The game soon shaped up as a passing duel, with Sol Kaulukukul of Hawai'i pitted against the Utah quarterback combo of Milton Smith and Parkinson.

After falling behind 19-6, late in the fourth quarter, the Redskins closed the gap with a TD run by Smith and an extra point kick. Hawai'i, holding a slim 19-14 lead and backed up against its own goal line, then opted for a safety, narrowing the gap to 19-16.

But Utah would come no closer, with Melvin Abreu knocking a pass out of the hands of Utah's Morris Ficklin in the end zone as the gun sounded.

Utah     7   0   0   9 - 16
Hawai'i  0   6   6   7 - 19

Scoring Summary
UU--Olsen 24 pass from Parkinson (Peterson kick)
UH--Bessette 14 pass from Kaulukukui (kick failed)
UH--Abreau 3 run (kick failed)
UH--Bessette pass from Kaulukukui (Abreau kick)
UU--Smith run (Peterson kick)
UU--Safety (Abreau tackled by Jones)

1964 Liberty Bowl Recap

ATLANTIC CITY - Utah never trailed in its 32-6 victory over West Virginia in the 1964 Liberty Bowl--the first indoor major bowl game ever held. A national television audience and 6,059 fans in the Convention Center watched Utah jump to a 3-0 lead on a 29-yard field goal by All-American Roy Jefferson. Jefferson, who also booted a 32-yard field goal, left the game in the first half after separating his shoulder.

But Utah had plenty of firepower left. Halfback Ron Coleman sprinted 53 yards for a touchdown on a day which saw him lead all rushers with 154 rushing yards. Andy Ireland added another long TD dash for the Utes--his went for 47 yards--while quarterback Pokey Allen contributed an 11-yard touchdown run.

The Ute offense, featuring a two-quarterback attack, closed its scoring with a 33-yard touchdown strike from Richard Groth to Bill Morley. In all, the Utes totalled 466 yards of offense.

The Utah defense did its job, as well, holding the Mountaineers scoreless until the waning minutes of the third quarter. West Virginia's Allen McCune hooked up with receiver Rich Juriga with 5:30 to play for the Mountaineers' sole touchdown. Utah's backfield intercepted five McCune passes.

The Liberty Bowl win capped a 9-2 season for coach Ray Nagel and the Utes. It would stand as the most wins ever by a Ute team for 30 years.

Utah            3   16  6   7 - 32
West Virginia   0    0  6   0 -  6

Scoring Summary
UU--Jefferson 29 field goal
UU--Allen 11 run (Jefferson kick)
UU--Jefferson 32 field goal
UU--Coleman 53 run (pass failed)
UU--Ireland 47 run (run failed)
WV--Clegg 6 pass from McCune (pass failed)
UU--Morley 33 pass from Groth (Pullman kick)

Team Statistics    UU    UVA
First Downs        25     12
Rushing Yardage   323    105
Passing           143    123
Passes          11-23  13-28
Intercepted by      4      0
Punts            1-43   4-25
Fumbles lost        3      1
Yards penalized    61     29

1992 Weiser Lock Copper Bowl Recap

TUCSON, Ariz. - In the early going, Utah played the part of a team that hadn't "gone bowling" for 28 years. The uptight Utes spotted favored Washington State a 21-0 lead just one quarter into the Weiser Lock Copper Bowl. But the Utes became acclimated to postseason play in the second and third quarters, when they put 28 points on the board, while holding the Cougars to one second-quarter TD. The final score was 31-28 in favor of WSU.

Frank Dolce hit Sean Williams for Utah's first score, a 10-yard pass play. Six minutes later, Keith Williams scampered into pay dirt from 25 yards out to narrow the gap to 21-14. After a 48-yard touchdown pass by Washington State's Drew Bledsoe, Dolce countered with a 49-yard strike to Henry Lusk, who plucked the ball from his defender's hands in a leaping end zone catch.

An 8-yard TD run by Pierre Jones tied the score and a successful two-point conversion from Dolce to Scott Murry tied at things up at 28, but only for 20 seconds. Washington State responded with 22-yard field to take a 31-28 lead. Utah's Chris Yergensen's 20-yard field goal attempt with 3:19 remaining in the game went wide left and the Utes came up short.

Utah                 0  14  14  0 - 28
Washington State    21   7   0  3 - 31

Scoring Summary
WS--Wright-Fair 3 run (Price kick) 13:25, 1st
WS--Bobo 87 pass from Bledsoe (Price kick) 10:32, 1st
WS--Wright-Fair 3 run (Price kick) 1:20, 1st
UU--S. Williams 10 pass from Dolce (Yergensen kick) 9:35, 2nd
UU--K. Williams 25 rush (Yergensen kick) 2:51, 2nd
WS--Bobo 48 pass from Bledsoe (Price kick) 0:31, 2nd
UU--Lusk 49 pass from Dolce (Yergensen kick) 8:49, 3rd
UU--Jones 8 rush (pass good, Murry) 5:25, 3rd
WS--Price 22 FG, 5:08, 4th

Team Statistics         UU       WS
First Downs             20       28
Net Rushing         39-179   41-144
Passing            40-21-0  48-32-1
Passing Yards          316      492
Total Offense       79-495   89-636
Fumbles                3-1      4-2
Penalties             7-55   18-136
Interceptions          1-9      0-0
Punting             6-43.0   6-36.5
Return Yards            90       60
Time of Possession   30:08    29:52
Sacks By              2-11      1-8

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD) - Utah: K. Williams 13-112-1, Jones 11-43-1. WSU: Wright-Fair 27-123-2.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD) - Utah: Dolce 40-21-0-316-2. WSU: Bledsoe 46-30-1-476-2, Pattison 2-2-0-16-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD) - Utah: S. Williams 7-127-1, Hooks 5-75-0. WSU: Bobo 7-212-2, Davis 8-134-0, Pointer 5-73-0.

Kickoff Returns Utah: Lusk 1-25, Jones 2-23. WSU: Hunter 3-55.

Punt Returns - Utah: S. Williams 3-17. WSU: Hunter 2-(-2).

Utah Defensive Leaders: Tackles: Swanson 9, Leary 9, Tonga 8. Sacks: Lambert 1-6, Christensen 1-5.

1993 Freedom Bowl Recap

ANAHEIM - On paper, the Freedom Bowl match-up looked mismatched--the tri-champion of the powerful Pacific-10 Conference (Southern California) against the Western Athletic Conference's fourth-place finisher (Utah). On the field--for two quarters--the pairing looked even worse.

Then Utah came alive. When USC jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead, Utah appeared headed for a lopsided loss. Offense? The Utes managed just 101 yards of total offense and failed to cross midfield in the first half. Defense? The Utes gave up 296 yards and four touchdowns. Over? No way.

Led by eventual Freedom Bowl Offensive MVP Henry Lusk, the Utes charged back to within a touchdown of the Trojans, with the ball and a chance to win at the end. Lusk caught six second-half passes for 140 yards and a 59-yard touchdown to help the Utes climb within seven (28-21). In the meantime, Utah's defense slammed the door on USC's vaunted offense--holding the Trojans scoreless in the second half. Junior defensive end Luther Elliss had a huge game for the Utes, with five tackles for lost yardage, two sacks (12 yards) and two pass breakups. Former Trojan Adam Swaney had a career day as a Ute, with four tackles for loss and three sacks (16 yards).

Quarterback Mike McCoy's Hail Mary pass with 0:08 was picked off as time ran out, averting Utah's upset bid.

Utah     0  0  13  8 - 21
USC     20  8   0  0 - 28

Scoring Summary
SC--Morton 31 pass from Johnson (Ford kick) 12:23, 1st
SC--Morton 9 pass from Johnson (Ford kick) 8:45, 1st
SC--Dotson 2 run (kick failed) 4:10, 1st
SC--McWilliams 5 pass from Johnson (pass good) 13:34, 2nd
UU--Henry Lusk 59 pass from McCoy (Yergensen kick) 11:08, 3rd
UU--Anderson 34 run (kick failed) 4:28, 3rd
UU--Williams 1 run (pass good to Anderson) 3:26, 4th

Team Statistics           UU       SC
First Downs               17       20
Net Rushing               64       91
Passing              40-23-3  44-30-1
Passing Yards            286      345
Total Offense            350      436
Fumbles                  2-0      2-1
Penalties               5-51    10-96
Interceptions           1-22      3-0
Punting               8-34.1   6-36.7
Punt Returns            3-28     1-31
Kickoff Returns         1-20     3-68
Time of Possession     27:45    32:14
Third Down Conversions  4-14     9-19
Sacks By                5-28     5-37

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD) - Utah: Anderson 16-67-1, Williams 1-1-1, Jones 1-9-0. USC: Walters 19-70-0, Strother 9-50-0, Dotson 3-7-1.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD) - Utah: McCoy 40-23-3-286-1. USC: Johnson 44-30-1-345-3.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD) - Utah: Henry Lusk 6-140-1, Anderson 7-61-0, Claiborne 3-42-0, Rowley 2-18-0. USC: Morton 10-147-2, Strother 6-63-0, Grave 4-48-0, McWilliams 2-17-1.

Kickoff Returns - Utah: Jones 1-20. USC: Grace 2-45, Dotson 1-23.

Punt Returns - Utah: Henry Lusk 3-28. USC: Grace 1-31.

Utah Defensive Leaders: Tackles: Boyd 10, Rexford 10, Elliss 9. Sacks: Elliss 2-12, Swaney 16. Interceptions: Rexford 1-22

1994 Freedom Bowl Recap

ANAHEIM - In certainly one of the most remarkable ratios of points to yards, Utah won the Freedom Bowl over Arizona, 16-13, despite accumulating just 75 net yards against Arizona's famed Desert Swarm defense. Utah, which managed just five first downs and six rushing yards all night, seemed doomed to its second straight Freedom Bowl defeat when quarterback Mike McCoy found himself in the clasp of a Wildcat defender on fourth-and-goal. But McCoy made a desperation heave on his way to the ground, and freshman Kevin Dyson streaked through a crowd of Wildcats to make a game-winning catch with 3:34 left. Ironically, the hero's mantle and the game MVP award went to neither of the above. True freshman Cal Beck, who in Utah's final regular season game against BYU set up the winning touchdown with a sensational kickoff return, topped that feat this day. Beck took the Wildcat kickoff 72 yards to the Ute 5-yard-line with 4:00 minutes remaining.

A gutsy effort by the Ute defense also played a big role in Utah's first bowl victory in 20 years. Though overshadowed by Arizona's total domination of Utah's offense, the U. defenders limited Arizona to two field goals and a touchdown. The Wildcats gained only 184 total yards against the Luther Elliss-led Ute defense and converted on just 3-of-13 third down attempts. They failed to score in the second and third quarters and their sole TD came in the first quarter on a deflected pass.

Utah     0   7   0   9 - 16
Arizona  7   0   0   6 - 13

Scoring Summary
UA--Carter 23 pass from White (McLaughlin kick), 1:57, 1st
UU--Brown 6 run (Pulsipher kick), 10:03, 2nd
UA--McLaughlin 44 FG, 12:39, 4th
UA--McLaughlin 20 FG, 8:05, 4th
UU--Safety (Peyton steps out of end zone), 4:11, 4th
UU--Dyson 5 pass from McCoy (Pulsipher kick), 3:34, 4th

Team Statistics            UU       UA
First Downs                 5       14
Net Rushing              32-6    37-45
Passing               25-11-2  27-13-1
Passing Yards              69      139
Total Offense           57-75   64-184
Fumbles                   0-0      2-2
Penalties                9-94     4-35
Interceptions            1-26     2-15
Punting               10-41.0   6-36.8
Punt Returns              2-6     4-28
Kickoff Returns         5-173     3-59
Time of Possession      27:33    32:27
Third Down Conversions   3-15     3-13
Sacks By                 2-16     6-45

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD) - Utah: McCoy 7-(-42)-0, Brown 16-44-1, Johnson 4-6-0. Arizona: Carter 19-44-0, Myles 9-12-0, Taylor 2-11-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD) - Utah: McCoy 25-11-2-69-1. Arizona: White 27-13-1-139-1.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD) - Utah: Dyson 2-8-1, Marsh 3-25-0, Tucker 4-28-0 Kickoff Returns - Utah: Beck 3-140, Lawson 1-31. Arizona: Taylor 1-19, Carter 1-22.

Punt Returns - Utah: Marsh 2-6. Arizona: Wray 4-28.

Utah Defensive Leaders: Tackles: Lusk 9, Leary 6, Stapley 6, H. Kaufusi 6, Elliss 6. Sacks: Elliss 1-7, J. Kaufusi 1-9. Interceptions: Lusk 1-26.

1996 Copper Bowl

TUCSON - The battle between the nation's two biggest collegiate running backs never materialized, as Utah lost star runner Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala to a first-quarter ankle injury. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne held up his end of the bargain, however, rushing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-10 Wisconsin win.

Offensively, the Utes rang up more net yards (430-365) and more first downs (26-16) than the Badgers, moved inside UW's 5-yard line twice and inside the 20-yard line another three times, but four interceptions spelled their doom. In his final game, U. quarterback Mike Fouts completed 27 of 49 passes for 327 yards, but was picked off four times. Terence Keehan and Kevin Dyson had big receiving nights--each catching six passes for 100 and 95 yards, respectively. Juan Johnson collected Utah's only TD of the day on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Johnson accounted for 88 of Utah's 103 rushing yards.

Utah held Wisconsin to just 16 passing yards, but the defense could not stop the run--allowing 349 yards.

Wisconsin   14  17   0   7 - 38
Utah         3   0   7   0 - 10

Scoring Summary
UW--Samual 38 run (Hall kick), 10:11, 1st
UU--Pulsipher 24 field goal, 3:53, 1st
UW--Dayne 40 run (Hall kick), 3:11, 1st
UW--Weems 82 interception return (Hall kick), 13:28, 2nd
UW--Hall 38 field goal, 2:02, 2nd
UW--Dayne 3 run (Hall kick), 0:42, 2nd
UU--Johnson 1 run (Pulsipher kick), 4:14, 3rd
UW--Dayne 1 run (Hall kick), 12:31, 4th

Team Statistics            UU       UW
First Downs                26       16
Net Rushing            31-103   45-349
Passing               48-27-4   16-6-2
Passing Yards             327       16
Total Offense          80-430   51-365
Fumbles                   1-0      2-1
Penalties                2-11     3-31
Interceptions         4-125-1      0-0
Punting                  2-62     2-82
Punt Returns              1-8      0-0
Kickoff Returns          2-46     3-59
Time of Possession      34:18    25:42
Third Down Conversions  11-17      5-9
Fourth Down Conversions   0-1      1-1
Sacks By                  0-0      1-6

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD) - Utah: Johnson 20-88-1, Fuamatu-Ma'afala 4-5-0, Bacon 4-9-0. Wisconsin: Dayne 30-246-3, Samuel 5-44-1, McCullough 5-22-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-Yds-TD) - Utah: 49-27-4-327-0. Wisconsin: Samuel 6-2-0-16-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD) - Utah: Keehan 6-100-0, Dyson 6-95-0, Henry 6-47-0. Wisconsin: Hayes 1-9-0, Brown 1-7-0.

Kickoff Returns - Utah: Dyson 2-46. Wisconsin: Stecker 3-59.

Punt Returns: - Utah: Dyson 1-8. Wisconsin: none.

Utah Defensive Leaders: Tackles: Lave 8, Boglin 6, Love 6. Sacks: none. Interceptions: none.

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