Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl with Utes and Rams

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Utah’s Nate Orchard

The University of Utah went to Las Vegas to take on the Colorado State Rams in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.  The 22nd ranked CFP Utes came out focused and beat the Rams 45-10. Kyle Whittingham is now 8-1 in bowls games as a head coach where Utah had won nine-consecutive bowl games to tie for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history.

The first quarter saw Utah running on full throttle.  The Rams took the opening kickoff and Utah held them to a three and out.  Utah scored on their first possession with an 8 yard run by Travis Wilson for a touchdown.  That field position was setup on a handoff to Davonte Booker you handed the ball of to #9 who threw the ball backward to Travis Wilson across the field who in turn threw the ball 36 yards down the field to Kaelin Clay.

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Kyle Whittingham (photo Rob Gray)

The first quarter ended with Utah up 21-10 as Utah scored on a Travis Wilson pass to Delshawn McClellon for 16 yards and a Devontae Booker run for 60 yards for a touchdown.  CSU scored on their own trick play with a QB throwback for a touchdown and a 41 yard field goal.

The second quarter had the least scoring with a lone Utah field goal by Andy Phillips from 38 yards.

Utah started the second half with the ball and had the drive stall without scoring making the second half look like it was going to continue to be a low scoring half like the end of the first half.  The only score of the third quarter was for Utah on a Travis Wilson run for 15 yards to put the Utes up 31-10 with one final quarter to go.

Travis Wilson

Travis Wilson (photo Rob Gray)

The fourth quarter started out in Utah’s favor recovering a CSU fumble on the 12 yard line.  Travis Wilson ran for his third touchdown on the first play making his rushing total of 91 yards.  The next possession for CSU, a near sack puts a duck up in there air as Jacoby Hale intercepts the ball and runs it in to the 34 yard line.  Troy McCormick then ran for 19 yds to the 10 and Bubba Poole finished it off on the next play running the ball into the End Zone to put the Utes up 45-10 after the extra point.

Utah leads the nation in total sacks (52) and sacks per game (4.33).  Utah had three sacks at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl by Sese Ianu, Nate Orchard and Jason Fanika.

Utah has been ranked No. 1 nationally in sacks for 10 straight weeks.  Senior defensive end Nate Orchard leads the nation sacks per game (1.46) and is second in total sacks (17.5).


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