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2009 Sugar - Profiles, History & More

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Posted Dec 30, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

Sugar Bowl History
2008 Georgia 41, Hawaii 10
2007 LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
2006 West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2005 Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13
2004 LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2003 Georgia 26, Florida State 13
2002 LSU 47, Illinois 34
2001 Miami 37, Florida 20
2000 Florida St 46, Virginia Tech 29
1999 Ohio State 24, Texas A&M 14
1998 Florida State 31, Ohio State 14
1997 Florida 52, Florida State 20
1995 Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1995 Florida State 23, Florida 17
1994 Florida 41, West Virginia 7
1993 Alabama 34, Miami (Fla.) 13
1992 Notre Dame 39, Florida 28
1991 Tennessee 23, Virginia 22
1990 Miami 33, Alabama 25
1989 Florida State 13, Auburn 7
1988 Auburn 16, Syracuse 16
1987 Nebraska 30, LSU 15
1986 Tennessee 35, Miami 7
1985 Nebraska 28, LSU 10
1984 Auburn 9, Michigan 7
1983 Penn State 27, Georgia 23
1982 Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20
1981 Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
1980 Alabama 24, Arkansas 9
1979 Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1978 Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
1977 Pittsburgh 27, Georgia 3
1975 Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1974 Nebraska 13, Florida 10
1973 Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
1972 Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22
1972 Oklahoma 14, Penn State 0
1971 Tennessee 34, Air Force 13
1970 Mississippi 27, Arkansas 22
1969 Arkansas 16, Georgia 2
1968 LSU 20, Wyoming 13
1967 Alabama 34, Nebraska 7
1966 Missouri 20, Florida 18
1965 LSU 13, Syracuse 10
1964 Alabama 12, Mississippi 7
1963 Mississippi 17, Arkansas 3
1962 Alabama 10, Arkansas 3
1961 Mississippi 14, Rice 6
1960 Mississippi 21, LSU 0
1959 LSU 7, Clemson 0
1958 Mississippi 39, Texas 7
1957 Baylor 13, Tennessee 7
1956 Georgia Tech 7, Pittsburgh 0
1955 Navy 21, Mississippi 0
1954 Georgia Tech 42, W Virginia 19
1953 Georgia Tech 24, Mississippi 7
1952 Maryland 28, Tennessee 13
1951 Kentucky 13, Oklahoma 7
1950 Oklahoma 35, LSU 0
1949 Oklahoma 14, North Carolina 6
1948 Texas 27, Alabama 7
1947 Georgia 20, North Carolina 10
1946 Oklahoma State 33, St Mary's (Colorado) 13
1945 Duke 29, Alabama 26
1944 Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
1943 Tennessee 14, Tulsa 7
1942 Fordham 2, Missouri 0
1941 Boston Coll 19, Tennessee 13
1940 Texas A&M 14, Tulane 13
1939 TCU 15, Carnegie Mellon 7
1938 Santa Clara 6, LSU 0
1937 Santa Clara 21, LSU 14
1936 TCU 3, LSU 2
1935 Tulane 20, Temple 14

2009 AllState Sugar Bowl History & Profile

Utah (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1)

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Ute Bowl Moment: Four 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 Crimson Tide Bowl Moment: With an NCAA-record 54 invites and 31 victories, you can make a credible argument for about a dozen different games. By a sliver, the nod here goes to the 1979 Sugar Bowl over the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Both produced national championships, but the 14-7 win over top-ranked Penn State more than a quarter century ago featured an epic, game-saving goal line stand from the ‘Bama D that’s etched in the memory of everyone that witnessed it.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Alabama:
LT Andre Smith. Or won’t see, since he was suspended. Smith was thinking long and hard about his future. So were the agents and NFL teams that want a piece of the 6-4, 330-pound fortress on the left side of the ‘Bama line. He’s the prototype at the position, combining immense power in the running game with the light feet of an ace pass protector. Once it sinks in that he could be one of the top five picks in April’s draft, he’ll likely forego his final year of eligibility in Tuscaloosa.
 
Utah: QB Brian Johnson. The inspirational leader of the Ute program finally got a chance to show what he can do when healthy for an entire season. As a swan song to a rollercoaster ride in Salt Lake City, Johnson has thrown for a career-high 24 touchdown passes, while leading the program to a perfect regular season. With the pressure escalating late in the year, he elevated his game, authoring a masterpiece in the blowout of rival BYU.
 
Breakout Player ...

Utah
: WR David Reed. Reed came on late in his first season out of Pasadena City (Calif.) College, and is poised to be the Utes’ go-to receiver in 2009. The team’s long-ball threat, he’s caught 23 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns, with most of the big plays coming in November. He’s got the speed and improving ball skills to be a 50-catch guy once Freddie Brown, Brent Casteel, and Bradon Godfrey are off campus.
 
Alabama
: LB Dont’a Hightower. It’s early, but Hightower looks like he has the potential to be the second coming of teammate Rolando McClain at Alabama. A big, physical linebacker who runs well, he’s already made an instant impact on the Tide D as a true freshman. A starter at weakside since September, he’s gobbled up 62 tackles almost entirely on raw ability. Once Hightower has a better grasp of where to be on the field, he’ll have all-league potential. 
 

Best Non-Game Event
The Allstate Sugar Bowl fan fest is an annual favorite with fans. It's held in the French Quarter near Jax Brewery and includes live music, interactive games, food, and appearances by the bands and cheerleaders of both schools. This year's Fan Fest dates are Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. In conjunction with the celebration of the Sugar Bowl's 75th anniversary, the Bowl will also host a Legends Luncheon on Jan. 2. At that event, former Sugar Bowl head coaches and MVPs will be honored and recognized.

Player Gift Package
Players will receive a Sony blu-ray disc player, a Sony Walkman digital MP3 player, and a custom watch.

Charitable Component
The Sugar Bowl Committee supports the efforts of a number of different entities in the New Orleans area, including City Park, the New Orleans Recreation Department, and several local colleges and universities.

How Success is Measured
All bowls receive postgame reports from the institutions participating in the game. Positive remarks from these primary constituents are important in measuring the game’s efforts.  The Sugar Bowl also conducts an economic impact study annually and high numbers on that report are viewed favorably as well.

MVP of the Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is a total team effort among local businesses, sponsors, committee members, and staff. The efforts of these groups and others are vital to the standing the bowl has earned in its industry.

Impact to the Community
It provides a tremendous boost for the New Orleans and Louisiana economies. Recent studies show the game averages $175 million in impact annually and last year, as the game hosted both the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Allstate BCS National Championship, that figure grew to more than $400 million.

Role of Volunteers
The Sugar Bowl Committee, a group of 125 volunteers, is the lifeblood of the organization. For 75 years, the efforts of these committee members have been invaluable in carrying out the many tasks involved in the operation of what has become a first-rate BCS game.


Utah Bowl History (10-4)
2007 Poinsettia Utah 35, Navy 32
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
Alabama Bowl History (14-21-1)
2007 Independence Alabama 30, Colorado 24
2006 Independence Oklahoma State 34, Alabama 31
2005 Cotton Alabama 13, Texas Tech 10
2004 Music City Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
2001 Independence Alabama 14, Iowa State 13
1999 Orange Michigan 35, Alabama 34
1997 Music City Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7
1996 Outback Alabama 17, Michigan 14
1994 Citrus Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
1993 Gator Alabama 24, North Carolina 10
1992 Sugar Alabama 34, Miami 13
1991 Blockbuster Alabama 30, Colorado 25
1990 Fiesta Louisville 34, Alabama 7
1989 Sugar Miami 33, Alabama 25
1988 Sun Alabama 29, Army 28
1987 Hall of Fame Michigan 28, Alabama 24
1986 Sun Alabama 28, Washington 6
1985 Aloha Alabama 24, USC 3
1983 Sun Alabama 28, SMU 7
1982 Liberty Alabama 21, Illinois 15
1981 Cotton Texas 14, Alabama 12
1980 Cotton Alabama 30, Baylor 2
1979 Sugar Alabama 24, Arkansas 9
1978 Sugar Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1977 Sugar Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
1976 Liberty Alabama 36, UCLA 6
1975 Sugar Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1974 Orange Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11
1973 Sugar Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
1972 Cotton Texas 17, Alabama 13
1971 Orange Nebraska 38, Alabama 6
1970 Bluebonnet Alabama 24, Oklahoma 24
1969 Liberty Colorado 47, Alabama 33
1968 Gator Missouri 35, Alabama 10
1967 Cotton Texas A&M 20, Alabama 16
1966 Sugar Alabama 34, Nebraska 7
1965 Orange Alabama 39, Nebraska 28
1964 Orange Texas 21, Alabama 17
1963 Sugar Alabama 12, Ole Miss 7
1962 Orange Alabama 17, Oklahoma 0
1961 Sugar Alabama 10, Arkansas 3
1960 Bluebonnet Alabama 3, Texas 3
1959 Liberty Penn State 7, Alabama 0
1953 Cotton Rice 28, Alabama 6
1952 Orange Alabama 61, Syracuse 6
1947 Sugar Texas 27, Alabama 7
1945 Rose Alabama 34, USC 14
1944 Sugar Duke 29, Alabama 26
1942 Orange Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1941 Cotton Alabama 29, Texas A&M 21
1937 Rose California 13, Alabama 0
1934 Rose Alabama 29, Stanford 13
1930 Rose Alabama 24, Washington State 0
1926 Rose Alabama 7, Stanford 7
1925 Rose Alabama 20, Washington 19