Utes and Bears to clash on Dec. 23 in San Diego.
Dec. 7, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY -
SALT LAKE CITY--
> No. 23-ranked Utah (9-3, 6-2 MWC) will play California (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) in the fifth-annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Kickoff is 5:00 p.m. (PT) in Qualcomm Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.
> Utah finished the regular season ranked No. 23 in the BCS Standings and the Associated Press rankings. Utah is No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
> Utah owns the nation's longest active bowl win streak at eight games and is headed to its seventh-straight bowl.
> Utah is 11-3 all-time in bowl games and its .786 postseason winning percentage is the best in the nation of the 72 schools with at least 10 bowl appearances. Cal is 10-8-1 in bowl games.
> Utah is 2-4 all-time against California, but has won two of the last three games with the Golden Bears. The two teams have never met in postseason play. See boxed inset on page 2 of this release for complete series information.
> Utah is 2-2 against Pac-10 schools in the postseason, with wins over Arizona in the 1994 Freedom Bowl and Southern California in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl. Losses were to Washington State in the 1992 Copper Bowl and USC in the 1993 Freedom Bowl.
> With a 9-3 mark, Utah has clinched its third-straight nine-win season and the eighth in school history. Five of those have come in the last seven years, including three under current head coach Kyle Whittingham. Utah's nine-win seasons follow: 1964 (9-2), 1994 (10-2), 1999 (9-3), 2003 (10-2), 2004 (12-0), 2007 (9-4), 2008 (13-0), 2009 (9-3).
> Utah has a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver in the same season for only the second time in school history. With a bowl game still remaining, junior Eddie Wide has 1,032 rushing yards and senior David Reed has 1,085 receiving yards. The only other Ute tandem to accomplish the feat in the same year was Keith Williams (1,076 rushing) and Bryan Rowley (1,011 receiving) back in 1991.
> Utah has won 23 of its last 26 games and 30 of its last 34 games.