Scores
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

Final/OT

Georgia Tech 27

(8-5)

Utah 30

(8-5)

Coverage: CBS

2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2011

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
GT 0 7 17 0 327
UTAH 7 3 0 14 630

Top Performers

Passing: J. Hays (UTAH) - 193 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Lyons (GT) - 18 CAR, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Christopher (UTAH) - 4 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Utah foils Georgia Tech to win Sun Bowl on John White's OT TD

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- John White took his final hand-off of the day, followed his lead blocker and set off a celebration.

White plowed into the end zone from 8 yards out to give Utah a 30-27 overtime victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

"They trusted me with the ball, so I saw Shawn Asiata blast somebody and I knew I was going to go in," White said. "As soon as the ball crossed the plain I looked up to the ref and saw his hands go up and knew it was a touchdown so I just wanted to go celebrate with my teammates."

Justin Moore kicked a 34-yard field goal in Georgia Tech's overtime possession to take a three-point lead, but White finished a 115-yard rushing day with the game-winning score on his 26th carry.

The Utes (8-5) tied it in regulation when Jon Hays hit DeVonte Christopher with a 28-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-14 with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter.

"There's no quit in these guys," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "They kept believing, coaches kept believing, and we found a way to win in the end."

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was disappointed with his team's play in the fourth quarter.

"We couldn't block in the fourth quarter and the plays we needed to make just didn't happen," Johnson said. "It feels like somebody kicked you in the gut. When you are competitive, it really hurts"

The Yellow Jackets (8-5) drove to the Utah 31 with 2 seconds left, but David Scully missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt as time expired to send the Sun Bowl to overtime for the first time in its 77-year history. Moore had earlier missed two 42-yard tries for Tech.

"I thought (Scully) hit the ball good and I actually thought it went in but I guess it was a few feet to the right," Johnson said. "We didn't make enough plays and we missed three field goals."

Georgia Tech lost its seventh straight bowl appearance and Utah improved to 7-1 in bowls under Whittingham.

Georgia Tech's Preston Lyons, who came in with only 39 carries, rushed for a career-best 140 yards on 18 carries and Tevin Washington passed for 137 yards and ran for 97.

Utah grabbed a 7-0 lead after Asiata capped the game-opening drive with a 1-yard run.

With David Sims out with an injury and Orwin Smith also ailing, Georgia Tech relied heavily on Lyons, who put the Yellow Jackets on the board with a 36-yard run up the middle tie the game at 7.

Lyons finished the first half with 129 yards on 12 carries.

"Defensively we were real soft against the running game in the first half," Whittingham said. "They had a nice scheme and showed us stuff we didn't practice. It took us a while to adjust to that and we gave (up) a bunch of rushing yards in the first half. However (we only gave up) only seven points, which is the bottom line."

Coleman Peterson banked in a 25-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the first half to give the Utes a 10-7 lead.

A 27-yard punt by Utah set up Moore's 32-yard field goal to tie it in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets scored again on their next possession. Washington hit Embry Peeples with a 58-yard pass, then found Stephen Hill for a 31-yard touchdown to make it 17-10.

Moments later, Quayshawn Nealy picked off a pass by Hays and returned it down the sideline 74 yards for a touchdown with 4:14 left in the third quarter.

"We should have put the game away in the fourth quarter," Johnson said. "We didn't let up. We ran most of the same plays in the fourth quarter that we ran in the rest of the game."

Hays hit Kendrick Moeai with a 3-yard touchdown pass with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter to make it 24-17.

Hays went 15 for 31 for 193 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
UTAH
1st Downs1914
Total Yards448337
Passing137193
Rushing311144
Penalties4-304-20
3rd Down Conversions8-184-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers11
Possession33:5826:02

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Washington11/151379.110
UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hays15/311936.231

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lyons181387.7158
Washington20964.8024
UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
White IV261154.4120
Dunn23718.5031

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Peeples15858.0058
Hill23517.5131
UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Christopher47418.5135
Asiata55711.4118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTUTAH
TD09:54Shawn Asiata 1 Yd Pass From Jon Hays. (Coleman Petersen Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERGTUTAH
TD11:39Preston Lyons 36 Yd Run. (Justin Moore Kick) 77
FG00:15Coleman Petersen 25 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERGTUTAH
FG10:27Justin Moore 32 Yd 1010
TD04:43Stephen Hill 31 Yd Pass From Tevin Washington. (Justin Moore Kick) 1710
TD04:15Quayshawn Nealy 74 Yd Interception Return. (Justin Moore Kick) 2410
FOURTH QUARTERGTUTAH
TD06:50Kendrick Moeai 3 Yd Pass From Jon Hays. (Coleman Petersen Kick) 2417
TD01:32DeVonte Christopher 28 Yd Pass From Jon Hays. (Coleman Petersen Kick) 2424
OVERTIMEGTUTAH
FGJustin Moore 34 Yd 2724
TDJohn White IV 8 Yd Run. 2730