Utah Utes football: Utes set to play Georgia Tech in Sun Bowl

Published: Sunday, Dec. 4 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Here comes the Sun.

For the first time since 1939, the University of Utah will play in the Sun Bowl game. The Utes (7-5) have accepted an invitation to represent the Pac-12 in the New Year's Eve contest (noon, CBS) in El Paso, Texas. They'll face Georgia Tech (8-4) of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It'll be a rematch of the 2005 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, where Utah topped Georgia Tech by a score of 38-10.

The Utes are going bowling for the ninth consecutive season, every year under head coaches Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham. They're 8-1 in those bowl games. The lone loss was a 26-3 setback to Boise State in the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Utah's bowl history, which will soon include a 17th appearance, began with a 26-0 win over New Mexico in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 1, 1939.

2011 Sun Bowl

Utah (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (8-4)

Saturday, Dec. 31, noon

El Paso, Texas


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