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Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News
Utah quarterback and Poinsettia Bowl offensive MVP Brian Johnson (3) leads the Utes' postgame celebration after a 35-32 win over Navy.

SAN DIEGO — By holding off a late-game charge by Navy, the University of Utah posted a 35-32 Poinsettia Bowl victory last week and racked up its seventh consecutive bowl victory — the nation's second-longest such active streak.

In the Utes' first-ever postseason appearance in San Diego, Utah used a strong second half by quarterback Brian Johnson to turn the momentum and post a double-digit lead at 35-25 with less than 90 seconds to play.

However, Utah needed to survive a final-minute Navy touchdown and a successful onsides kick by the Midshipmen before Joe Dale's interception of a Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada pass halted Navy's drive for a game-tying or go-ahead score.

Utah finished the season 9-4, winning eight of its final nine contests of the 2007 season.