2007 Poinsettia Bowl Team Best Moments
Utah QB Brian Johnson
Utah QB Brian Johnson
Posted Dec 17, 2007

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Utah (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4)

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Poinsettia Bowl History
2006TCU 37 ... Northern Illinois 7
2005 Navy 51 ... Colorado State 30

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Ute Bowl Moment: Three years ago, the Utes set the bowl bar pretty doggone high for future teams to reach.  Utah got four touchdown passes from Alex Smith, adding an exclamation point to a perfect regular season by completely obliterating Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.  The win more than justified the Utes’ selection as the first non-BCS program to ever get invited to a BCS bowl game.   

Best Middie Bowl Moment: Ben Fay will forever be a part of Navy football lore.  He was the backup quarterback, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of the 1996 Aloha Bowl to help upset Cal, 42-38.  The senior led the offense on touchdown drives of 80 and 84 yards over the final 10:38 as the Academy captured its first bowl win in 18 years.

Utah's best win ...
Utah 27 ... TCU 20
Utah picked off TCU's Andy Dalton four times, with Martel Bennett returning one 55 yards for a score, Darrell Mack ran for a one-yard score, and Marquis Wilson caught a 24-yard touchdown pass, but had to hold on late as TCU got a late field goal to pull within seven, then couldn't convert the onside kick. TCU got a blocked punt return for a score and converted a trick play into a one-yard Marcus Brock rushing touchdown, but the turnovers proved too costly.
Player of the game: Utah S Steve Tate made 12 tackles, picked off a pass, and made a sack
Stat Leaders: Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 13-20, 120 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Darrell Mack, 32-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Marquis Wilson, 6-73, 1 TD
TCU - Passing: Andy Dalton, 20-45, 164 yds, 4 INT
Aaron Brown, 11-59. Receiving: Aaron Brown, 5-21

Utah's worst loss ... UNLV 27 ... Utah 0
Frank Summers scored on a 29-yard pass play, and ran for fourth quarter touchdowns from four and 36 yards out as UNLV stunned Utah. The defense forced four Ute turnovers and held the offense to just 300 yards, while the offense was able to take advantage of the opportunities, going less than 40 yards on three scoring drives. Sergio Aguayo hit field goals from 28 and 20 yards out.
Player of the game: UNLV RB Frank Summer ran 29 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pass for a 29-yard score.
Stat Leaders: UNLV - Passing: Travis Dixon, 12-27, 144 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Frank Summers, 29-190 yds, 2 TD. Receiving: Ryan Wolfe, 3-50
Utah - Passing: Tommy Grady, 11-21, 117 yds, 1 INT
Darrell Mack, 21-89. Receiving: Brandon Godfrey, 6-62

Navy's best win ...
Navy 48 ... Pitt 45 2OT
Down three in the second overtime on the Navy two, Pitt chose to go for it on fourth down, and missed, as Pat Bostick's throw on a fade pattern got broken up. In a wild game, Navy had a chance to win in regulation, but Joey Bullen's 49-yard kick fell way short as time expired. Bostick ran for a one-yard score to put Pitt up in the first overtime, and Navy responded on its first play with a Reggie Campbell 25-yard touchdown catch. Bullen nailed a 29-yard field goal in the second overtime. LeSean McCoy ran for three touchdowns for the Panthers, while Navy got three Campbell scores, along with short touchdown runs from Adam Ballard, Shun White and
Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada in the see-saw battle. The two teams combined for 558 rushing yards.
Player of the game: Navy QB Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran 25 times for 122 yards and a touchdown, and completed nine of 12 passes for 166 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Pitt - Passing: Pat Bostick, 20-28, 191 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: LeSean McCoy, 32-165, 3 TD. Receiving: Oderick Turner, 6-74, 1 TD
Navy - Passing: Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 9-12, 166 yds, 2 TD
Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 25-122, 1 TD. Receiving: Tyree Barnes, 3-58

Navy's worst loss ...
Delaware 59 ... Navy 52
The two teams combined for 1,087 yards of total offense with Navy running for 342 and Delaware throwing for 434. The two teams traded huge shots all game long with Joe Flaco throwing four touchdown passes for Delaware and Omar Cuff running for four scores. His 37-yard dash with 2:02 remaining put the Blue Hens up 59-49. Navy was able to come up with a 29-yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining, but failed toe get the onside kick. Navy ran for seven scores with Adam Ballard tearing off a 55-yard dash and Eric Kettani and
Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada each scoring twice.
Player of the game: Delaware QB Joe Flaco completed 30 of 41 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Navy - Passing: Jarod Bryant, 8-11, 126 yds
Rushing: Adam Ballard, 9-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Zerbin Singleton, 2-61
Delaware - Passing: Joe Flaco, 30-41, 434 yds, 4 TD
Omar Cuff, 28-141, 4 TD. Receiving: Kervin Michaud, 8-96, 2 TD

2006 Poinsettia Bowl
TCU 37 ... Northern Illinois 7
TCU dominated on both sides of the ball as QB Jeff Ballard ran for three scores and threw for another, while Northern Illinois was only able to get into the end zone on a blocked punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth. Huskie star RB Garrett Wolfe was held to 28 yards on 20 carries as the ground attack, hurt by 14 tackles for loss and five sacks, finished with -20 yards. The Horned Frogs used a short field for a four-yard touchdown to start the scoring, and then Ballard went to work with scoring runs from ten, one and six yards out. Ballard finished off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Brent Hecht.
Player of the game ... TCU QB Jeff Ballard completed 19 of 29 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran 11 times for 21 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Northern Illinois - Passing: Dan Nicholson, 6-18, 80 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Garrett Wolfe, 20-28,   Receiving: Jarrett Carter, 2-12
TCU - Passing: Jeff Ballard, 19-29, 258 yds, 1 TD
Lonta Hobbs, 17-114, 1 TD  Receiving: Quentily Harmon, 6-93

Utah Bowl History (9-4)
2006 Armed Forces Utah 25, Tulsa 13
2005 Emerald Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
2004 Fiesta Utah 35, Pitt 7
2003 Liberty Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
2001 Las Vegas Utah 10, USC 6
1999 Las Vegas Utah 17, Fresno State 16
1996 Copper Wisconsin 38, Utah 10
1994 Freedom Utah 16, Arizona 13
1993 Freedom USC 28, Utah 21
1992 Copper Washington St 31, Utah 28
1964 Liberty Utah 32, West Virginia 6
1946 Pineapple Hawaii 19, Utah 16
1938 Sun Utah 26, New Mexico 0
Navy Bowl History (6-6-1)
2006 Meineke Boston Coll 25, Navy 24
2005 Poinsettia Navy 51, Colorado St 30
2004 Emerald Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 Houston Texas Tech 38, Navy 14
1996 Aloha Navy 42, California 38
1981 Liberty Ohio State 31, Navy 28
1980 Garden State Houston 35, Navy 0
1978 Holiday Navy 23, BYU 16
1964 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1961 Orange Missouri 21, Navy 14
1958 Cotton Navy 20, Rice 7
1955 Sugar Navy 21, Ole Miss 0
1924 Rose Navy 14, Washington 14