by CFP Staff
December 23, 2010
Utah failed to capitalize on early scoring opportunities which allowed Boise State time to wake up and then methodically cakewalk to a 26-3 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas victory on December 22nd.
Even though they committed four turnovers, the Broncos outgained Utah 543-200 and limited the Utes to just 8 first downs. Utah had three turnovers and, In the process, its 9-bowl winning streak came to a crashing halt.
Boise State finished the season 12-1, with its only loss coming at Nevada in its next-to-last regular season game. The Broncos' placekicker, Kyle Brotzman, missed a short game-winning field goal at the end of regulation and then missed another on Boise State's first overtime possession.
Brotzman did all he could to redeem himself in the bowl game as he hit field goals of 29 and 21 yards, but had another blocked. He also dropped on a wide-open pass off a fake punt. Nonetheless, his first field goal of the night set a new NCAA record for kicking points in the FBS. The second pushed his total to 439, eclipsing the previous mark of 433 points set by Louisville kicker Art Carmody in 2007.
Utah finished 10-3 but all three losses were ugly shellackings administered by TCU (47-7 at home), Notre Dame (28-3, road) and Boise State.
Boise State and Utah are the only members of non-BCS automatic qualifying conferences to win a BCS bowl game, and each has won a pair - the Broncos snared Fiesta wins in the 2006 (Oklahoma) and 2009 (TCU) seasons while Utah won the 2004 season Fiesta (Pitt) and 2008 season Sugar Bowl (Alabama).
This was Boise State's final game as a WAC member as it moves to the Mountain West next year, just as Utah exits the Mountain West to join the PAC-10.
Boise State improved to 7-4 all-time in bowl games while Utah fell to 13-4 with its first bowl loss since the 1996 Copper Bowl.