At Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Kickoff • 11:30 a.m. MT
TV • ESPN
Radio • 700 AM, Sirius 137/XM 202, Internet 962
Records • Utah 6-6; West Virginia 7-Five
Series historical past • Utes lead 1-Zero
About the Mountaineers • West Virginia completed the season with a couple of losses by way of double-digit margins to Texas and Oklahoma. Starting quarterback Will Grier left the recreation towards Texas with a hand harm and didn’t play towards Oklahoma. … Running again and manufacturer of back-to-back 1,000-yard dashing seasons Justin Crawford will take a seat out the bowl recreation in preparation for the NFL Draft. Backup Kennedy McKoy rushed for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns towards Oklahoma. McKoy rushed for 580 yards and averaged Five.1 yards consistent with raise this season. … Pro Football Focus decided on West Virginia’s sophomore linebacker David Long Jr. to its All-America second-team. Long neglected 4 video games due to an offseason leg harm. He comes into the bowl recreation with 69 tackles (50 solo). However, West Virginia’s protection gave up 204.eight dashing yards consistent with recreation this season.
About the Utes • Utes trainer Kyle Whittingham enters the postseason with a 10-1 bowl document, tied for moment amongst energetic coaches and trailing best Alabama’s Nick Saban. Whittingham’s holds the best possible bowl profitable proportion (91 %) in NCAA historical past. … Kicker Matt Gay become the Utes’ 7th consensus All-America variety on most sensible of the program’s first Lou Groza Award winner. Gay led the country in area targets made (27), area targets made consistent with recreation (2.25), area targets or 50 yards or extra (5, tied) and area targets tried (31) all over the common season. He made 87 % of his field-goal makes an attempt, which ranked 11th in NCAA Division I. He went Five of 6 from 50 yards or extra, and his two 56-yard area targets are tied for the moment longest in the country this season. … Wide receiver Darren Carrington II recorded a career-high 918 receiving yards this season, 10th-most in program historical past. His 83.Five yards consistent with recreation rank moment in the Pac-12 and 28th in FBS. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors for the moment time in his profession.