No.22 Utah Defeats BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

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Utah had an early 35-0 lead (almost entirely from their defense) in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl and won by a final of 35-28, wrote ESPN.

They took advantage of a terrible start by BYU, scoring five first-quarter touchdowns on turnovers-including two interceptions by Tevin Carter- before beating the Cougars on Saturday, December 19. Carter returned a pick for a touchdown and another one to the one-yard line as they lead 35-0 against their heated rival. During the first five times BYU had the ball, they turned it over with their freshman quarterback, Tanner Mangum throwing three interceptions and fumbling once, stated utahutes.com.

All the scoring Utah did was in the first quarter; it nearly cost them the game. Mangum brought BYU back into the game by throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another score with 3:23 left to go in the game. However, the Cougars never got the ball back and lost by a touchdown, reported fox5vegas.com.

“It’s a little bit ridiculous on our part, I’ll tell you that”, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham stated to ESPN. “It’s the only thing that matters.”

Mangum’s horrible start did not stop him from throwing 315 yards to bring his team back into the game. BYU had control over most of the game, but couldn’t quite get themselves out of a big hole, according to sports.yahoo.com.

“You’re not going to lose a lot of games when you’re plus-5 in the turnover department,” explained Whittingham. “We got complacent and that’s on me. Next time were up 35-0, hopefully we won’t have the same results.”

Before a sellout crowd of 42,213, Utah’s victory was the ninth in 10 bowl games as head coach for Utah. The Utes have now won 12 out of their last 13 bowl games,explained sports.yahoo.com.