Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham improved to 11-1 in bowl games after the Utes took down West Virginia, 30-14, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday afternoon in Cotton Bowl Stadium.
The Utes led from start to finish and were never really threatened in a battle between teams out of the Pac-12 and Big 12 conference.
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Sophomore running back Zach Moss put on another show as the 5-foot-10, 210-pound back ran for a game-high 150 yards. On the Utes’ opening possession and facing a third-and-1 situation near midfield, Moss turned on the jets and ran right up the middle for a career-long 58-yard touchdown run.
Moss finished the day with 20 carries and was averaging a staggering 7.5 yards per carry.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley completed 12 of 26 passes for 165 yards on a drizzly and chilly day in Dallas, Texas. Huntley also got it done on the ground as the sophomore ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns in a game that wasn’t really all that close.
With the win, Whittingham now ties Alabama’s Nick Saban for most bowl wins by an active coach. After Urban Meyer left to take the head coaching job at Florida, Whittingham helped coach the Utes during the big 2004 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh.
West Virginia, which came in having one of the most potent offenses in the country, was without its starting quarterback and running back and nwo finishes the season with its third straight loss. The Utes allowed just 153 yards of total offense for the Mountaineers.
The bowl win caps off an up-and-down year for the Utes who should be one of the top teams in the Pac-12 next year. Both Huntley and Moss will be back along with 14 other starters (eight on offense, six on defense) during its season opener against Weber State on Aug. 30.