University of Utah
10 INSIDE EDITION
University of Utah

There were plenty of special moments in Utah’s 32-6 victory over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl at the Atlantic City Convention Center. From a historic perspective, though, the most special moment may have been the opening kickoff. It ushered in the first major bowl game ever played indoors. (Dec. 19, 1964)

9 DOWN TO THE WIRE
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Utah fans were kept in their seats to the final eight seconds of a 28-21 loss to USC in the Freedom Bowl. That’s when a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Mike McCoy was picked off and ended a comeback bid by the Utes, who had rallied from a 28-0 halftime deficit to the Trojans. (Dec. 30, 1993)

8 HOMETOWN HERO
Scott G. Winterton

True freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn turned things around after throwing an early pick-six that put Utah in 14-0 hole against California in the Poinsettia Bowl. Wynn went on to throw for 338 yards and earned offensive MVP honors in the Utes’ 37-27 win over the Golden Bears. (Dec. 23, 2009)

7 WEDDLE: AN ARMED FORCE
Associated Press

Eric Weddle’s versatility paid big dividends as the Utes held on for a 25-13 win over Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. Weddle scored a touchdown on offense, was the holder for four field goals, and recovered a fumble and picked off a pass on defense. (Dec. 23, 2006)

6 SAN FRAN-TASTIC
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Travis LaTendresse didn’t waste any time hitting a home run inside the home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants. He caught the first of four touchdown passes from quarterback Brett Ratliff less than three minutes into Utah’s 38-10 win over Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl. (Dec. 29, 2005)

5 SINKING NAVY
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Safety Joe Dale’s first career interception proved to be a big one. His last-minute pick allowed Utah to hang on for a 35-32 victory over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Midshipmen had just recovered an onside kick after scoring a touchdown. Dale, who made 12 tackles, was named Defensive MVP. (Dec. 20, 2007)

4 TRUHE’S BREAKTHROUGH
Associated Press

Kicker Cletus Truhe, who had two attempts blocked earlier in the game, came through when it mattered most. His 33-yard field goal with 5:03 remaining provided the go-ahead score in Utah’s 17-16 triumph over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Mike Anderson rushed for 254 yards. (Dec. 19, 1999)

3 FIESTA BOWL FINALE
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Utah used a little trickery to cap off its BCS-busting 35-7 win over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. The Utes’ final touchdown came on a hook-and-ladder play. After Alex Smith and Steve Savoy connected on a short pass, Paris Warren got the ball on a lateral from Savoy and ran 18 yards for a score. (Jan. 1, 2005)

2 FOLLOW ME TO FREEDOM
George Widman

An improbable finish led the Utes to a 16-13 victory over Arizona in the Freedom Bowl. Cal Beck set up the game-winning score with a 72-yard kickoff return. Utah pulled ahead when Mike McCoy and Kevin Dyson teamed on a 5-yard touchdown play on fourth down with 3:34 remaining. (Dec. 27, 1994)

1 SWEET AS SUGAR
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

This one took place in the postgame press conference. After Utah’s 31-17 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, head coach Kyle Whittingham made a strong statement for the Utes (13-0) to be national champions. “There’s only one undefeated team in the United States of America right now in Div. I football and it’s these guys right here.” They wound up finishing No. 2, however, in the final Associated Press poll. (Jan. 2, 2009)