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Utah Athletics History

Utah made NCAA history in 2004-05 when it became the only school ever to produce a No. 1 NFL and NBA draft pick in the same year. The unprecedented event-featuring quarterback Alex Smith and center Andrew Bogut-bolstered Utah's reputation as an athletics power.

Football is 615-423-31 in its 117-year history. In the mid-1990s, the Utes evolved from a conference contender to a national force and they now play to sold-out crowds in 45,017-seat Rice-Eccles Stadium. The original "BCS Buster," Utah is 2-0 in BCS bowl games with wins over Alabama (2009 Sugar Bowl) and Pittsburgh (2005 Fiesta Bowl). The Utes owned the nation's longest current bowl win streak at nine games. Utah has finished in the nation's top 25 five times, including a No. 2 ranking in 2008 and a No. 4 finish in 2004.

Men's Basketball has thrived throughout its history, winning an NCAA Championship in 1944 and finishing as the NCAA runner-up in 1998. Utah, which also won national championships in 1916 (AAU) and 1947 (NIT), has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 nine times. The Utes rank 11th in the nation in both all-time victories (1,651) and winning percentage (64.5%), and in the top 10 in conference titles (29). Utah's 27 NCAA Tournament appearances and 35 NCAA Tournament wins rate among the top 25 programs.

Women's Gymnastics boasts 10 national championships and eight runner-up finishes. Utah is the only school to qualify for all 29 NCAA Gymnastics Championships and has made 35 consecutive national championship appearances. One of the best attended women's sports in NCAA history, the Ute gymnasts have drawn over 11,000 fans a meet for the past 20 years, including an NCAA-record 14,213 in 2010.

Women's Basketball has averaged over 20 wins a season since its start back in 1974-75. The Ute women have received 16 NCAA Tournament invites since 1982-advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite Eight once. They have won 22 conference championships.

The Men's and Women's Ski Teams have captured 10 NCAA Championships, including five in the 1980s and three in the 1990s. Volleyball has participated in the NCAA Tournament 10 times in the last 12 years with two Sweet 16 finishes. Softball has qualified for the postseason 18 times (13 NCAA) and has five College World Series appearances (four NCAA). Women's Soccer has played in the NCAA Tournament in five of the last eight years. Baseball won the 2009 Mountain West Conference tournament and claimed two victories at the NCAA Regional.

Other Ute athletic highlights include: Men's Tennis (24 conference championships), Women's Tennis (2010 MWC champion and NCAA qualifier), Men's Swimming and Diving (24 conference championships), Women's Swimming and Diving (2006 conference champion) and Women's Cross Country (1981 AIAW Division II National Champion).

Utah Football Bowl History (12-4)
1939 W New Mexico Sun
1964 W West Virginia Liberty
1992 L Washington State Copper
1993 L USC Freedom
1994 W Arizona Freedom
1996 L Wisconsin Copper
1999 W Fresno State Las Vegas
2001 W USC Las Vegas
2003 W Southern Miss Liberty
2005 ('04) W Pittsburgh Fiesta
2005 W Georgia Tech Emerald
2006 W Tulsa Armed Forces
2007 W Navy Poinsettia
2009 ('08) W Alabama Sugar
2009 W California Poinsettia
2010 L Boise State Las Vegas
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