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Utah Football: Holiday Bowl Matchup

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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez (12) is sacked by Utah defensive tackle John Penisini (99), defensive end Maxs Tupai (92) and defensive tackle Leki Fotu (52) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo. Utah plays Washington in the Pac-12 championship game. Utah leads the Pac-12 with 8.2 tackles for loss per game, which plays a big role in holding opposing offenses to a league-best 33.2 percent conversion rate on third down when they are able to bring even more pressure on the quarterback. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

No. 20 Utah (9-4, Pac-12) vs Northwestern (8-5, Big Ten), Dec. 31, 7 p.m. EST

LOCATION: San Diego

TOP PLAYERS

Utah: LB Chase Hansen, team-high 114 tackles, including 22 for loss; five sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Northwestern: QB Clayton Thorson, 2,675 yards passing, 14 touchdowns.

NOTABLE

Utah: The Utes won the Pac-12 South before losing to Washington in the conference title game, 10-3.

Northwestern: The Wildcats won the Big Ten West before losing to Ohio State in the conference championship game, 45-24.

LAST TIME

Utah 42, Northwestern 0 (Sept. 26, 1981)

BOWL HISTORY

Utah: First appearance in the Holiday Bowl, 13th bowl appearance under coach Kyle Whittingham and 22nd bowl game overall.

Northwestern: First appearance in the Holiday Bowl, ninth bowl appearance in the last 11 seasons and 15th overall.

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