The highlights failed to brighten up the sadness of having the program's bowl streak snapped. It dated back to 1999.
"We wanted to defend that, for sure. That was one of our big goals," Walker said. "But Boise State's a great team. They came out, fought hard and they made more plays than us."
The season-ending outcome left the Broncos with a 12-1 record, while the Utes finished 10-3 overall.
"We had good preparation coming into the game. Guys were focused in practice, working hard — just like the previous nine times we've been in this situation," Whittingham said of the bowl roll ending in a tie for the second-longest in NCAA history. "But (we) just weren't able to make the plays this particular year like we have in years past."
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