Georgia Tech Bowl Drought Continues, Utah Comes Back To Win Sun

Georgia Tech still hasn't won a bowl game since 2004, and Paul Johnson's Jackets are now 0-4 in postseason exhibitions.

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Utah extends Georgia Tech's bowl losing streak

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets saw a 14 point lead in the third quarter evaporate to the Utah Utes and eventually lost in overtime 30-27. The loss for Georgia Tech extends their bowl losing streak to seven games and have not won a bowl game since the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl.

Georgia Tech looked to the Sun Bowl in control when they scored 17 straight points in the third quarter to go up 24-10, but that would be the last points that they would score in regulation.

Utah was able to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter by scoring two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to tie the game. Georgia Tech had one last chance to win the game in regulation with a 48-yard field goal attempt, but the David Scully kick went wide right and the game went to overtime.

In the overtime period Georgia Tech was unable to move the ball and settled for a Justin Moore 34-yard field goal. On Utah's overtime possession they moved the ball inside the 10-yard line and on third and eight John White IV scored the game winning touchdown to give Utah the 30-27 win.

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2011 Sun Bowl To Overtime: Georgia Tech Misses 48-Yard Field Goal Attempt For The Win

The Utah Utes offenses came alive against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24 apiece to send the game into overtime.

Georgia Tech stopped the Utah offense and forced them to punt, but on the next offensive drive Georgia Tech could not run out the clock and was forced to punt the ball. Utah's Griff McNabb returned the punt 31 yards to put the ball at the Georgia Tech 24 yard line.

Georgia Tech's defense held Utah to only one yard and there was a 5-yard delay of game penalty for Utah to push them back to the 28-yard line. Then on fourth down, Utah quarterback Jon Hays connected with DeVonte Christopher for a 28-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 24.

Georgia Tech had 92 seconds for one last chance to drive down the field to get the win. The offense did get the ball into field goal range and they lined up for a 48-yard attempt, but the kick attempt by David Scully had the distance but went wide right. So, the game now is heading to overtime.

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2011 Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Score: Utes Score A TD To Cut Into Yellow Jackets Lead

For most of the second the Utah Utes offense has been held in check by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket defense, but Utah finally got on the board in the second half by scoring a touchdown on fourth down from a Jon Hays 3-yard pass to Kendrick Moeai to get Utah back into this game, but still trail 24-17.

The Utah drive started at their own 29 yard line and they used a mix of pass and the run to drive down the field 10 plays to get back within in seven points. The Georgia Tech rush defense allowed Utah's John White IV to rush the ball 27 yards on five carries for the drive.

The Utah defense stopped Georgia Tech's offense on the following drive and now have one last chance to tie or win this game with 4:21 left in the game.

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2011 Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Score: Yellow Jackets Scored 17 Unanswered Points, Lead 24-10

The Georgia Tech Yellows Jackets are on a roll and have now scored 17 straight points in the second half to take a 24-10 lead over the Utah Utes. The Georgia Tech defense has been dominating the Utah offense so far in the second half.

Georgia Tech forced Utah to punt and the offense was pinned down on their own 13-yard line. However, Georgia Tech went to the air as on the first play of the drive Tevin Johnson completed a 58-yard pass to Embry Peeples to get to the Utah 29-yard line. After a false state penalty and two short running plays, Johnson went back into the air and completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Hill to give Tech a 17-10 lead. The touchdown pass was Johnson's first in seven games.

On the next Utah drive, quarterback Jon Hays threw an interception to Quayshawn Nealy who returned the pick 74 yards for a touchdown to give Georgia Tech a 24-10 lead late in the third quarter.

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2011 Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Score: Yellow Jackets Tie Game At 10

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense stopped the Utah Utes offense on their opening drive of the second half and held Utah to a three and out to force a punt. Georgia Tech then continued to run the ball at will against the Utah defense on their first offensive drive of the second half.

Georgia Tech was in Utah territory and on a fourth and two play they attempted to draw Utah offsides, but instead one of the Georgia Tech offensive lineman jumped to make it a fourth and seven play and had to settle for a field goal. Justin Moore redeemed himself by connecting on his first goal of the day which was a 32-yard attempt to tie the game at 10 points apiece.

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2011 Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Halftime Score: Utes Lead 10-7 At The Break

The first half of the 2011 Sun Bowl is in the books and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets triple-option attack is shredding the Utah Utes rush defense with 232 rushing yards so far, but only have seven points to show for their efforts. Running back Preston Lyons has 130 of those yards and a touchdown; the 130 yards is a season high for Lyons with still the second half ahead for him to improve on that mark.

Georgia Tech's touchdown came on a nine-play 80-yard drive with Lyons capping the drive on a 36 yard score. Tech has had chances in this game but they have missed a pair of field goals and have one turnover as well.

Georgia Tech has been able to hold Utah running back John White IV to only 44 yards in the first half and they have held the Utah passing game in check by allowing only 98 passing yards so far.

Georgia Tech is trailing 10-7 due to penalties, turnover and the pair of field goals. Take care of those errors and Georgia Tech can come back in this game.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Score: Utes Climb To Early 7-0 Lead In The Sun Bowl

Utah Utes quarterback Jon Hays found Shawn Asiata on a misdirection pass play for 1-yard touchdown as Kyle Whittingham's squad has a 7-0 lead over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Sun Bowl.

The Utes touchdown drive went for 79 yards on 7 plays, as Hays is 4-of-7 for 64 yards and a score.

Georgia Tech has shown flashes of brilliance with their triple option attack, but have yet to string positive plays together consistently to score in the first quarter. Justin Moore missed a 42-yard field goal midway through the first quarter and Tech has 115 yards on offense thus far, 109 via the run game.

Georgia Tech has the ball on their own side of the field to start in the second quarter, as Paul Johnson attempts to get his 9th win of the season.

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2011 Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Cannot Be Worse Than The 2008 Sun Bowl

The 2011 Sun Bowl matches a Georgia Tech team that began the 2011 college football season as one of the nation's most explosive teams with a Utah squad that scored 30 points in three of its last four games (before scoring just 14 points in its regular season finale against Colorado, but whatever). That already puts the game on pace to be better than the 2008 Sun Bowl, one of the all-time benchmarks for bowl season futility.

In that game, Oregon State beat Pittsburgh, 3-0. The two teams combined for 451 yards of total offense, and that was one of their more respectable numbers. They also completed 30 of a combined 71 passes, converted a combined five of 32 third down tries, had no plays of over 30 yards, and punted 20 times combined. Both teams were ranked heading into the game, and produced a rank spectacle that was the lowest-scoring bowl game since 1959.

So chin up, Yellow Jackets and Utes. There's only an infinitesimal chance that you will end up playing the least inspiring Sun Bowl ever.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Utah, 2011 Sun Bowl: Time, Location, History And More

The 2011 Sun Bowl is a rematch of the 2005 Emerald Bowl where Utah defeated Georgia Tech 38-10, but this time around Utah will be focusing on stopping the vaunted triple-option offense that Georgia Tech instead of a passing attack. The Utah coaching staff and defense is familiar with the triple-option attack that Georgia Tech runs after years of facing the Air Force Falcons who run a similar offense when in the Mountain West.

This game will be a battle of Georgia Tech's rushing offense, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation, against Utah's rushing defense which is ranked No. 8 in the country. However, Utah will be without starting defensive tackle Dave Kruger who has a leg infection and will be replaced by James Aiono.

Georgia Tech will also be missing players in offensive tackle Phil Smith and cornerback Louis Young who are not playing due to disciplinary reasons.

Georgia Tech will be looking to get their first bowl victory since 2004 when they defeated Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Game date, time: 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 31

Location: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

TV channel: CBS

Streaming: CBSSports.com

Radio: Georgia Tech radio network

Odds: Georgia Tech favored by three points

2010 Sun Bowl results: Notre Dame 33 Miami 17

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Georgia Tech Vs. Utah: Dave Kruger Ruled Out Of 2011 Sun Bowl

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offense will face a Utah Utes defense that isn't full strength when the two teams meet on December 31 for the 2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl as defensive tackle Dave Kruger has been ruled out of the team's bowl game with an infection in his leg, according to head Utah head coach Kyle Whitingham. The junior defensive lineman has started 10 games this season, making 22 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He's been a major part of the defensive line, which has been one of the strength of Utah's defense.

"Nobody is more competitive than Dave Kruger, he loves football and comes out every day and practices hard so it's tough on him," Whitingham said. "But he'll be back and hopefully he'll have a great senior year."

According to Whitingham, Kruger will be replaced by a trio of defensive lineman: senior Tevita Finau, senior James Aiono and junior Star Lotulelei. Aiono will get the start in Kruger's absence.

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Sun Bowl 2011: Georgia Tech OT Phil Smith Sent Home, Discipline Issues Mounting

For Paul Johnson, these are the type of distractions that you never want to deal with going into your final game of the season. Yet, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach has sent home another one of his players due to "violating team rules."

offensive tackle Phil Smith has been sent home from Sun Bowl for violating team rules. --

Redshirt sophomore tackle Tyler Kidney would be next in line to start for the Georgia Tech offense.

Nine days earlier, Johnson had announced that Yellow Jackets starting CB Louis Young would be also held out of the Sun Bowl for "disciplinary reasons" and that punishment could extend into next season. Smith could face a similar fate going into his senior season in 2012.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Utah: Utes Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow To Take Hawaii Head Coaching Job

Add Georgia Tech's Sun Bowl opponent to the many, many programs working with a piecemeal staff during bowl season. Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will become the next head coach at Hawaii, according to multiple reports, leaving his status of O.C. for Utes against the Yellow Jackets in question.

Chow told the L.A. Times on Tuesday that if head coach Kyle Whittingham would have him, he would "be honored to stay" and coach against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl December 31. Whittingham echoed Chow's sentiments in a quote to the Associated Press:

"In this profession, nothing's ever a done deal until it's a done deal. Right now he's our offensive coordinator," he said. "I plan on him coordinating the bowl game and if and when there's anything new to report I will get that conveyed."

Whittingham said he would want Chow to coach the bowl game.

"He's done a great job for us. We're fortunate to have him here," he said. "If he leaves then I will be indebted to him for what he did for the program while he was here and if he stays that's great too."

Chow is a Hawaii native with a long resume as an offensive assistant, coaching at both USC and UCLA, BYU, and NC State,as well as the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Former Rainbow Warriors head coach Greg McMackin was fired after a 29-25 record in four seasons at Hawaii. Chow's Utah offense has suffered in a move to the Pac-12 this season, finishing 110th nationally (308.67 yards) in total offense.

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Sun Bowl 2011: Georgia Tech CB Louis Young Out For 'Disciplinary Reasons'

At his press conference Monday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson announced that Yellow Jackets starting CB Louis Young will be held out of the Sun Bowl for "disciplinary reasons", although he declined to elaborate what exactly that meant:

"We’ll see," Johnson said. "For now, he’s not eligible for the bowl game."

The 6'1 201 sophomore was a highly regarded national recruit, racking up 51 tackles and 1 interception for the Yellow Jackets this season.

He'll be replaced in the starting line-up by Jemea Thomas, a 5'10 190 sophomore who had 3 interceptions this year.

Young's absence should not be a huge deal against Utah, a team that relies primarily on their ground game offensively. The Utes starting QB, Jon Hays, threw only nine touchdown passes all season.

However, Johnson left open the possibility that Young's punishment may extend into next season as well.

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Sun Bowl 2011: Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Matchup Not Impressing Columnists

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are set to square off against the Utah Utes at the 2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31.The bowl game isn't one of this year's marquee matchups, leading some columnists to write it off as a somewhat missable game.

Trevor Amicone of KSL Sports in Utah posted an article on Friday running down the most interesting and least interesting bowl games of 2011, as well as potential upsets to watch out for. The Sun Bowl clocked in at No. 4 on Amicone's "5 least viewer-friendly bowl games."  The article mentions that the game should be close and competitive but points out that both teams favor low-scoring and repetitive offenses.

The Utah running game is the team's strong suit, whereas the Jackets lean very heavily on the triple option. Although this game may not be flashy, it may actually come as a welcome surprise to viewers who tend to be inundated with college teams overwhelmingly showcasing a West Coast offense. This might be a good opportunity for both teams to prove that the ground game can live on and be exciting.

For the latest on Georgia Tech football check out From The Rumble Seat and for more information on Utah, head over to Block U. For everything college football, check out SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Sun Bowl 2011: Georgia Tech's Triple Option Isn't Anything New To Utah

The Utah Utes found a nice amount of success in their 2011 campaign by being dedicated to the run, yet the team they face in the Sun Bowl are one of the best running programs in the entire country. Georgia Tech runs the fabled triple option offense, and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham considers Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson one of the "gurus" of the triple option.

The Utes are the newest member of the Pac-12, and one of the things they thought they left behind was having to face the triple-option offense. The Air Force Academy ran the option to perfection in the conference, and Utah will get 4 weeks to prepare for the triple option again.

"Last year, Kalani [Sitake, defensive coordinator] and I looked at each other and said at least we don’t have to play Air Force again, and here we are right out of the gate in the bowl season, back at it," Whittingham said. "We faced it every year, but that will help us." -- Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham

Georgia Tech averages 316 rushing yards a game, and the Utes will need to remember all the defensive keys to get a win in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

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2011 Sun Bowl Update: Utah Utes Kyle Whittingham Signs Extension, Will Coach In Bowl Game

The speculation is over. The Utah Utes will have their head coach for their upcoming bowl appearance in the Sun Bowl, and potentially for much longer. Utah has reportedly given head coach Kyle Whittingham a contract extension  and finally announcing said extension Monday.

Per Dirk Facer of the Desert Sun News:

"Before Thanksgiving, I offered him an increase in his salary. He did not solicit it and added a year to his contract," [athletic director Chris] Hill said. "We made an amendment to his contract and not some big, long-out thing. So it was a relatively quick situation."

Whittingham will be one of the top 15 coaches in the country, and under the circumstances, finishing with a 7-5 record in their first year in the Pac-12 should be a good season to build on. Georgia Tech should prepare for a focused Utes team ready to perform for Whittingham at the Sun Bowl.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Utah Odds, 2011 Sun Bowl: Yellow Jackets Favored By A Field Goal

The 8-4 Georgia Tech Bulldogs are an early -3.5 point favorite over the 7-5 Utah Utes in the 2011 Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Utah has given up only 19.7 points a game this season, 18th best in the nation, but they've done it primarily against sub-standard competition. Of their seven wins, only one came against an above-.500 team, a 54-10 pounding of their archrival BYU in September before the Cougars made a QB switch that turned their season around.

With a chance to win the Pac-12 South on the last week of the regular season, Utah fell 17-14 to 3-10 Colorado, who ranked 109th in the country in total offense and 110th in total defense.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is looking for their first bowl victory under Paul Johnson, as his triple-option offense has not been as effective against opponents who have over a month to prepare for it.

The Yellow Jackets averaged 34.9 points a game, 19th best in the country, and defending a run-first attack should be fairly unfamiliar to a Ute team used to playing in the more pass-happy Pac-12.

Utah will have opportunities against a Georgia Tech defense that is giving up 25.8 points a game, 60th best in the country. They are led offensively by junior RB John White IV, who has rushed for 1,404 yards and 14 TD's on 4.8 yards a carry.

Despite running a far more traditional offense under coach Kyle Whittingham, the Utes are almost as unproductive through the air as the Yellow Jackets, ranking 99th in the country in passing yards. Junior QB Jon Hays took over the team half-way through the season, completing 57% of his passes for 1,266 yards, 9 TD's and 7 INT's in nine games.

For the latest on Georgia Tech football check out From The Rumble Seat and for more information on Utah, head over to Block U.

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Sun Bowl 2011: Georgia Tech Vs. Utah In Bowl Rematch

As projected and reported, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Utah Utes will play in the 2011 Sun Bowl. It's one of the few ACC bowl games that didn't get thrown into chaos by the Sugar Bowl selecting the Virginia Tech Hokies as an at-large for some reason, as the Sun had had its eye on the Jackets for several weeks now.

It's a rematch of the 2005 Emerald Bowl, which Utah won, 38-10.

In their first season as a BCS-conference team, the Utes started out with four Pac-12 losses in a row before nearly taking the conference's South division title. You could say they've found their momentum, but giving the Colorado Buffaloes a rare victory away from Boulder is no way to express momentum. A confounding team. 

The Utes are No. 110 in the country in offense, but No. 30 in defense.

For more on this game, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and Utah blog Block U.

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2011 Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech To Take On Utah, According To Reports

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are expected to accept a bid for the 2011 Sun Bowl, according to CBS Sports, as has been plotted for some time. Their opponent will be Pac-12 foe Utah, according to the El Paso Times. Before the game, it had looked to come down to Utah or Cal for the other spot.

It's the first trip to the El Paso, Texas bowl for the Jackets since 1970, when defensive tackle Rock Perdoni was the game's MVP. That probably won't happen this time around. It's also a rematch of the 2005 Emerald Bowl, a resounding Utes victory.

Tech is on a six-year bowl losing streak, most recently dropping the Independence Bowl against the Air Force Falcons. The good news, however, is that the Jackets still boast the country's fourth-longest bowl participation streak at 15 years, a mark they share with theGeorgia Bulldogs.

Game date, time: 2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Location: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Tx.

TV channel: CBS

2010 winner and loser: Notre Dame def. Miami Hurricanes, 33-17

For more on each bowl game as it's announced, stay tuned to SB Nation's 2011 college football bowl game bids coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Georgia Tech To El Paso? Georgia To Orlando?

While things are shaky at the top of the BCS standings as to who will face off versus the LSU Tigers in the national championship game in New Orleans, things have become relatively crystal clear for the Georgia-based schools, based on the latest 2011 bowl projections.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, all signs point to the boys from Atlanta making a trip down to El Paso, Texas to play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Their likely opponents will be the Utah Utes of the Pac-12, a 7-5 team who just missed out on playing on the conference championship.

For the Georgia Bulldogs, now 10-3, their valiant attempt at pulling off the upset versus LSU in the SEC title game was thoroughly squashed in the second half in a 42-10 loss. However, their reward for their successful 2011 turnaround season will likely be a New Years' Day bowl game. Georgia could look to face off versus the 10-3 Michigan State Spartans, who similarly lost in their conference title game versus Wisconsin on Saturday, in the Capital One Bowl game in Orlando.

For more on the Bulldogs, check out Dawg Sports. For more on the Yellow Jackets, visit From The Rumble Seat. For everything college football, check out SB Nation's college football news hub.

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