Body Of Evidence

Utah Defense
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Utah jumped on Bama early and smothered the Tide in New Orleans.
Utah's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama provided further evidence that non-BCS schools deserve a national-title shot. The Utes might not be the best, but they've earned the right to find out. Heather Dinich
Bowl Overview
It was over when... Utah responded to Alabama's closing the gap to 21-17 in the third with a 79-yard TD drive to extend its lead.
Gameball goes to... Brian Johnson. The Utah QB threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Utes past the Tide.
Stat of the game... 0, 2. Utah finished as the only unbeaten FBS school and became the first non-BCS team to win two BCS bowls.
UTAH VS. ALABAMA
ESPN'S TAKE
Graham WatsonBest In Show
NEW ORLEANS -- Utah was the better team.

It seems so simple considering all the hoopla surrounded Alabama and the SEC, but when it's all broken down, Utah had the better gameplan, the better execution and just looked like it wanted it more.

On Friday, in the Allsate Sugar Bowl, Utah was the better team and was rewarded with a 31-17 victory.

In the biggest game in Utah history, the Utes defied odds and prognosticators and took the game right to Alabama. It wasn't intimidated by the name on the front of its jersey or the history. It played Alabama just like any other team and it came out the better squad.

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-- Graham Watson | Read more in the Sugar Bowl blog


Chris LowRipped Tide
Nick Saban prides himself on building teams that are physical, resilient and disciplined.

They were all the ingredients that made this season so special for Alabama.

They were also the ingredients that were nowhere to be found Friday night in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as Alabama uncharacteristically melted in a season-ending 31-17 loss to Utah that will resonate all offseason in Tide Land.

It was supposed to be a feel-good offeseason with all the Crimson Tide accomplished this year.

Not anymore.

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-- Chris Low | Read more in the Sugar Bowl blog

Team Stat Comparison
 UTAH
1st Downs2215
Total Yards349208
Passing336177
Rushing1331
Penalties10-917-67
3rd Down Conversions6-144-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers13
Possession28:4231:18
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Bowls Individual Leaders
Utah Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
B. Johnson27/4133630
Alabama Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
J. Wilson18/3017712
Utah Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
M. Asiata1329110
Alabama Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
G. Coffee1336011
Utah Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
F. Brown12125033
Alabama Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
J. Jones777030