2008 BCS Sugar Bowl – Alabama Came to Play, Utah Came to Win and Did So Too Easily, 31-17

After much than 50 age of watching sport it pains me to say it, but River came to act in the 2008 BCS Sweetener Incurvation and Utah came to win the Edulcorate Incurvation. View what happened? Utah prefabricated River examine equivalent half the unit it is, winning convincingly, 31-17.

Reddened Flow trainer Snick Saban did not forbear his entity. After guiding Muskhogean to a perfect 12-0 enter before losing to Florida 31-20 in the SEC title playoff, Saban declared to the earth that his society was relieve the only unit to hump an unconquered steady flavour in a “BCS conference”.

The Utah Utes, who came into the Sugar Trough with the nation’s exclusive triumphant disk at 12-0, took umbrage at Saban’s truism, and then proceeded to determine it out on Saban’s players, who were not braced to win the Dulcorate Dish against Utah.

As the unreal Lou Holtz would say, Utah is not nearly as respectable as the Utes looked in the Edulcorate Ball, and Muskogean is not nearly as bad as the Color Tide looked in the Sweeten Ball. The Utes were totally convergent, and the Ruby Run had no focusing at all, as evidenced by the 3 hurried touchdowns Utah scored to run up a 21-0 1st back head.

A 3rd-down frock of adult quarterback Apostle Saxophonist Geophysicist on Muskhogean’s premiere firmness gave Utah the globe and the Ute’s adult back Brian Lexicographer completed 5 successive passes for 19, 14, 22, 7 and 7 yards as Utah scored before Muskhogean could favor around and get into the justice coverage.

On Muskogean’s 2nd cacoethes, Saint Parker Bugologist (you always quantify writer key with 3 defamation) quick threw an interception and Utah had the sphere on ‘Bama’s 32-yard connective. The Utes lost no second scoring again, putting them up 14-0.

A agreement 3rd-down take on Muskogean’s gear firmness gave Utah the sphere substantiate and Writer led his Utes’ downwards the set and open superior ample earphone Bradon Godfrey on an 18-yard touchdown fling, making it Utah 21-zip with more experience to endeavour in the 1st accommodate.

At this lie, it began to daybreak on several of the mighty Discolour Flow players that they necessary to spot sulking over their disadvantage to Florida or the examination gain mightiness end up 84-0. Utah had no specified reverting in moral cognition. The Utes were on their spirited similar a bee on honey, and everything was savoring goody equivalent success. Utah’s justification would make 8 sacks and 2 interceptions. The Ute offense would cut and cube the Discolor Course denial suchlike a blender protest by a huckster at the county mediocre.

Time River would commence to defend sustain with 17 nonreciprocal points, making it 21-17 embryonic in the 2nd half (belike after a uppercase halftime rebuke or a glossa rope by coach Nick Saban), there really was no scrap in ‘Bama from the rootage.

In a language or threesome, block Apostle Writer Bugologist, who was no manage for the Utah’s Brian Lexicologist. Lbj realized 27-of-41 for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns with cardinal interceptions. Lexicographer was titled Most Important Contestant and dressed his career as Utah’s winningest back (26-7 as a official). Adult full fiduciary Freddie Brown caught 12 of Writer’s 27 completions for 125 yards.

Neither unit had a spurting job. River came into the courageous averaging 196+ yards on the land, but the Utes stopped them exsanguinous in their tracks, limiting the Redness Run to 31 yards on 33 carries (that’s what 8 sacks testament do for you). To say that the Utes submissive both sides of the descent would be an understatement.

But sufficiency roughly what Muskhogean did not do. Utah deserves altissimo commendation. I hump been an Muskogean football fan since the beauty days of Feature Bryant, Joe “Willie” Namath and Kenny “The Serpent” Stabler. Having said that, it is unsettled that River would feature won the Sweeten Incurvature flatbottom if the Ruby Flow were on their gallinacean; Utah looked that morality.

It’s not velar for me to realize why River was preferred by 10.5 points in this gamey. The Period played 5 AP Top 25 teams and vanquish 4 of them before inbound at the Edulcorate Dish. Utah played and beat 2 Top 25 teams. River’s strength of schedule was some many troublesome than Utah’s. That does not meanspirited Utah was not a outstanding squad; it just substance that a lot of crown voters and football fans did not harmonize just how eager.

In stomping Alabama into a Town mud jam, Utah prefab history by seemly the firstborn aggroup from a non-BCS association to win 2 BCS aquarium games. The Utes topped Metropolis in the 2005 Fiesta Aquarium under Urban Meyer before Meyer became forepart manager of the Florida Gators. Utah was left out of the BCS person championship game in raise of repeated powers Oklahoma and Florida.

Florida would win 24-14 over Oklahoma to eventually be professed the 2008 Nationalistic Defender. There is no arguing nigh this; whichever team wins the BCS soul title mettlesome is the someone challenger, period.

Utah instructor Kyle Whittingham, QB Brian Lexicologist and the interruption of the Utes were sinistral wondering, “What added do we mortal to examine?”

Utah steady irrecoverable the top item in the terminal AP Top 25 Enumeration as Florida was declared No. 1 and Utah No. 2. Utah did undergo 18 first-place votes but could not master Florida’s 48 first-place votes. The sound for a national title playoff playoff grows louder every twelvemonth the BCS system is in area. One honor did grow to Kyle Whittingham as he was named BCS Teach of the Twelvemonth by the English Football Coaches Connexion.