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Utah and Alabama’s roads to the Sugar Bowl

By James Boehly, Staff Writer

Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1

Alabama 34, Clemson 10 * Aug. 30 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Alabama’s offense kept the ball for a little more than 41 minutes, held Clemson to zero rushing yards and upset then-No. 9 Clemson in a season-opening victory.

Alabama 20, Tulane 6 * Sept. 6 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Javier Arenas set a school record for Alabama with 212 return yards, including an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Alabama held the Tulane Green Wave to only two field goals.

Alabama 41, Western Kentucky 7 * Sept. 13 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Alabama’s offense gained 557 total yards and 30 first downs as the Crimson Tide scored 24 straight points and rolled to the victory.

Alabama 49, Arkansas 14 * Sept. 20 (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Behind a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, Alabama cruised to victory in its first conference game of the season. Glen Coffee gained 162 yards on 10 carries for two touchdowns.

Alabama 41, Georgia 30 * Sept. 27 (Athens, Ga.)
Against the preseason No. 1 team, Alabama took a 31-0 halftime lead and held off a Georgia surge to win by 11. Alabama Quarterback John Parker Wilson was 13-for-16 passing for 205 yards and one touchdown.

Alabama 17, Kentucky 14 * Oct. 4 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
After a late fourth-quarter field goal that put it up by 10, Alabama avoided an upset and held off Kentucky in the final two minutes. Glen Coffee rushed for 218 yards and one touchdown.

Alabama 24, Mississippi 20 * Oct. 18 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Alabama was taken to the wire, but stopped Ole Miss on a fourth-down attempt late in the game. After trailing for the first time all year, Alabama went on a 24-0 run in the first half.

Alabama 29, Tennessee 9 * Oct. 25 (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Alabama beat its SEC rival for the second straight year with a strong rushing game and a defense that held Tennessee to 36 yards rushing.

Alabama 35, Arkansas State 0 * Nov. 1 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
In its first shutout since 2005, Alabama rolled over Arkansas State behind tailback Mark Ingram’s 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama 27, LSU 21 (OT) * Nov. 8 (Baton Rouge, La.)
Alabama avoided another scare as John Parker Wilson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime to give the Crimson Tide the victory.

Alabama 32, Mississippi State 7 * Nov. 15 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
The Crimson Tide’s special teams produced a safety and an 80-yard punt return by Javier Arenas and the defense held Mississippi State to only 35 rushing yards.

Alabama 36, Auburn 0 * Nov. 29 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
In its second shutout of the season, Alabama broke a six-game losing streak to Auburn, holding the Tigers to 170 yards.

Florida 31, Alabama 20 * Dec. 6 (Atlanta, Ga.)
In the SEC title game, Alabama suffered its first loss of the season after coughing up a 20-17 lead going into the final quarter by gaining just 1 yard in the final 15 minutes.

Utah (12-0, 8-0 MWC)

Utah 25, Michigan 23 * August 30 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
In front of 108,000-plus fans at the Big House, quarterback Brian Johnson threw for 305 yards as he helped lead the Utes to a 25-23 road win against the Wolverines.

Utah 42, UNLV 21 * Sept. 6 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
In their first conference game of the season, the Utes avenged last season’s loss to UNLV by outscoring the Rebels 28-7 in the second half, holding Frank Summers to under 100 yards rushing.

Utah 58, Utah State 10 * Sept. 13 (Logan, Utah)
The Utes gained 446 yards and held the Aggies to 116 yards in a 48-point victory that included three touchdowns by Matt Asiata.

Utah 30, Air Force 23 * Sept. 20 (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
After a fast start, the Utes survived three turnovers. Darrell Mack had three rushing touchdowns in the second half, including the game winner with 58 seconds remaining.

Utah 37, Weber State 21 * Sept 27 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Against their former head coach Ron McBride, the Utes scored 30 unanswered points that led to the 16-point victory. Kicker Louie Sakoda went 3-3 on the day to become the Utes’ all-time leading scorer.

Utah 31, Oregon State 28 * Oct. 2 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
After struggling for most of the second half, the Utes rallied from a 10-point deficit to win the game on a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Louie Sakoda went 3-3 on the day, including the game winner.

Utah 40, Wyoming 7 * Oct 11 (Laramie, Wyo.)
The Utes’ defense forced five turnovers, scored half of the team’s total points and shut out Wyoming until the final quarter en route to a 33-point victory over the Cowboys.

Utah 49, Colorado State 16 * Oct. 18 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
The Utes’ offense gained 549 yards and 25 first downs behind Brian Johnson and Corbin Louks. Johnson got it done through the air with 185 passing yards and two touchdowns while Louks rushed for 109 yards for two touchdowns.

Utah 13, New Mexico 10 * Nov. 1 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Despite struggling against a tough New Mexico defense, the Utah defense was able to shut out the Lobos in the final quarter to preserve the win.

Utah 13, TCU 10 * Nov. 6 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Against their highest-ranked opponent of the season, the Utes were down 10-0, but the defense held firm and Brian Johnson threw a touchdown to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds remaining, keeping Utah’s Bowl Championship Series’ hopes alive.

Utah 63, San Diego State 14 * Nov. 15 (San Diego, Calif.)
In their highest-scoring game since 2004, the Utes had 520 yards and 30 first downs to rout the Aztecs. Brian Johnson had his best game of the season with 283 passing yards and five touchdowns.

Utah 48, BYU 24 * Nov. 22 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
In the final game of the regular season, the Utes’ defense forced six turnovers and outscored the Cougars 21-0 in the fourth quarter to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2004.

Compiled by James Boehly

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