Utah Tops Navy in Wild Bowl

Midshipmen Sail to Within 3
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2007 3:32 AM CST
Utah quarterback Brian Johnson holds up the offensive Most Valuable Player trophy after leading Utah to a 35-32 victory over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl football game on Thursday Dec. 20, 2007 in San...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite an exhilarating final push, the Midshipmen were held off by Utah in a 35-32 victory in last night's Poinsettia bowl, the AP reports. Navy certainly made it close, bringing the score within 3 with less than a minute to play, and successfully recovering their ensuing onside kick. However, Navy QB Kaheaku-Enhada was picked off to give Utah the close-fought victory.

The win was Utah's eighth in nine games, earning them a 9-4 record on the season. The victory was also their seventh consecutive in a bowl game, dating back to 1999. QB Brian Johnson both threw and ran for touchdowns, and RB Darrell Mack rushed for two more. The loss dropped Navy to 8-5, souring the debut of coach Ken Niumatalolo.