Boxscore
Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27
Saturday, December 31, 2011 2:00 PM
Location - Sun Bowl Stadium
Attendance - 48123

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 OT T
Utah 7 3 0 14 6 30
Georgia Tech 0 7 17 0 3 27

Recap


John White IV’s 8-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Utah to a 30-27 win over Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.

The Utes (8-5) improved to 10-1 in their last 11 bowls, while the Jackets (8-5) lost their seventh straight bowl.

Justin Moore’s 34-yard field goal had given Tech a 27-24 lead in overtime, then White burst through the middle on 3rd-and-goal.

Utah overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, tying the game when DeVonte Christopher beat man coverage for a 28-yard touchdown catch with 1:32 left. Tech’s

David Scully missed a 48-yard field goal as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

Senior fullback Preston Lyons had a career day for the Jackets. Playing for injured starter David Sims, Lyons ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Jackets erupted for 17 third-quarter points. Tevin Washington’s 31-yard strike to Stephen Hill put Tech ahead 17-10, and Quayshawn Nealy’s 76-yard interception return for a score pushed the lead to two touchdowns.

Ranked last in the Pac-12 in passing, the Utes came out throwing. Jon Hays hit 3 of 5 passes for 67 yards on their opening drive, capping it with a 1-yard TD toss to Shawn Asiata.

The Jackets played without several key players due to injuries and suspensions, and lost leading tackler Julian Burnett to a neck injury in the first half.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:54
Utah   TD  Georgia Tech 0 - Utah 7
2nd Quarter - 11:39
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 7 - Utah 7
2nd Quarter - 0:14
Utah   FG  Georgia Tech 7 - Utah 10
3rd Quarter - 10:27
Georgia Tech   FG  Georgia Tech 10 - Utah 10
3rd Quarter - 4:43
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 17 - Utah 10
3rd Quarter - 4:15
Georgia Tech   TD  Georgia Tech 24 - Utah 10
4th Quarter - 6:50
Utah   TD  Georgia Tech 24 - Utah 17
4th Quarter - 1:32
Utah   TD  Georgia Tech 24 - Utah 24
OT - 0:00
Georgia Tech   FG  Georgia Tech 27 - Utah 24
OT - 0:00
Utah   TD  Georgia Tech 27 - Utah 30
TEAMS

Team Records

  Utah Georgia Tech
W/L 8 - 5 - 0 8 - 5 - 0
Conference 4 - 5 - 0 5 - 3 - 0

Team Stats

  Utah Georgia Tech
Score 30 27
First Downs 14 19
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-15
27%
8-for-18
44%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-2
100%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 337 451
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-144 56-314
Average/Rush 4.5 5.6
Passing
Comp-Att 15-32 11-15
Passing Yards 193 137
Average/Pass Play 5.7 9.1
Penalties-Yards 4-20 4-30
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 4-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 41:02 48:58

PLAYER STATS

Utah (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hays 15/31 193 3 1
D. Christopher 0/1 0 0 0
Georgia Tech (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Washington 11/15 137 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. White IV 26 115 4.4 1
R. Dunn 2 37 18.5 0
J. Hays 4 -8 -2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Lyons 18 138 7.7 1
T. Washington 21 97 4.6 0
E. Peeples 9 59 6.6 0
R. Jones 5 20 4.0 0
S. Hill 1 2 2.0 0
C. Perkins 1 -1 -1.0 0
O. Smith 1 -1 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Christopher 4 74 18.5 1
S. Asiata 5 57 11.4 1
L. Matthews 1 31 31.0 0
D. Rolf 1 20 20.0 0
K. Moeai 2 8 4.0 1
M. Walker 1 6 6.0 0
J. White IV 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
E. Peeples 1 58 58.0 0
S. Hill 2 35 17.5 1
T. Melton 3 19 6.3 0
R. Jones 3 17 5.7 0
P. Lyons 2 8 4.0 0
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