No. 7 Utah beats No. 4 Alabama 31-17 in Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Utah is the best of the BCS busters.

Brian Johnson threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 7 Utes upset fourth-ranked Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night to finish 13-0.

With the victory, Utah became the first team from a non-BCS conference to win two BCS bowls.

Johnson's pinpoint passing led Utah to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and the Utes refused to wilt when Alabama pulled to 21-17 early in the second half.

Utah's defense was equally impressive, intercepting John Parker Wilson twice and sacking him eight times, with the seventh sack forcing a fumble that sent crimson-clad Alabama fans streaming for the exits with just more than five minutes to go.

After surging to No. 1 in the rankings with a 12-0 regular season, Alabama closed the season with two consecutive losses, the first against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by fsuisdabest Location: Dothan Al on Jan 3, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Mark this day down bama fans...this is the day when your boy Saban was completely out coached....He had a month to prepare his team and come up with a game plan and he failed to do so....the first quarter looked like he had never seen Utah's offense before. I seen Utah demolish BYU evidently saban didn't because they ran the same offense against ua....the score was alot closer than the actual game was....Utah had ua at every corner and won on both sides of the ball. hopefully now you all will quit saying saban is the second coming to pay him an awful lot to be outcoached.....this loss is completely on him...he didn't have his team ready or prepared.
  • by schildgenc Location: Dothan on Jan 3, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    There is a god! Go Utah! WDE
  • by Tired of Alabama fans Location: New Brockton on Jan 2, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    I too am tired of Alabama's trash talk. All you ever hear about is what they did when Bear Bryant was there. Get over it people, the school's rep is just that, nothing more, nothing less.You got your bell rung tonight. Hey Hey Tide Utah whipped yo hide.
  • by Sick of Alabama Fans Location: Coffee County on Jan 2, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    I am glad that Alabama lost, they did not deserve to be there to start with. That team is not as good as everyone says, just lucky. I am sick of all the trash talk and the way they put down other teams. Go Utah Utes. You Rock!!!!!!!!
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