January 1, 2012 in Sports

Utes sting Yellow Jackets in overtime for Sun Bowl victory

 
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DeVonte Christopher, Utah overcame
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EL PASO, Tex – John White took his final hand-off of the day, followed his lead blocker and set off a celebration.

White plowed into the end zone from 8 yards out to give Utah a 30-27 overtime victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

“They trusted me with the ball, so I saw Shawn Asiata blast somebody and I knew I was going to go in,” White said. “As soon as the ball crossed the plane I looked up to the ref and saw his hands go up and knew it was a touchdown so I just wanted to go celebrate with my teammates.”

Justin Moore kicked a 34-yard field goal in Georgia Tech’s overtime possession to take a three-point lead, but White finished a 115-yard rushing day with the winning score on his 26th carry.

The Utes (8-5) tied it in regulation when Jon Hays hit DeVonte Christopher with a 28-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-14 with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter.

“There’s no quit in these guys,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “They kept believing, coaches kept believing, and we found a way to win in the end.”

The Yellow Jackets (8-5) drove to the Utah 31 with 2 seconds left, but David Scully missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt as time expired to send the Sun Bowl to overtime for the first time in its 77-year history. Moore had earlier missed two 42-yard tries for Tech.


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