Utah’s last bowl victory came way back in 2017 — in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
As Utah gets ready for its first Rose Bowl appearance, against national power Ohio State, coach Kyle Whittingham’s track record in bowl games is well-known.
Under Whittingham, the Utes are 11-3 in bowl games, dating back to 2005. He is No. 3 nationally among active coaches in bowl victories, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban (17) and North Carolina’s Mack Brown (14).
Unlike Saban and Brown, all 11 of Whittingham’s bowl wins have been accumulated at one school. Included in that win total is victories in the Fiesta and Sugar bowls. The Utes defeated Saban’s Crimson Tide in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
The Rose Bowl marks Utah’s third overall appearance in a New Year’s Six Bowl.
“We’ve had a pretty good track record in bowl games. We have a process that we follow and adhere to. It’s been successful for us,” Whittingham said. “We’ll follow that just like we have in the other bowls we’ve played in. Not our first rodeo in that regard. … We’ve got a plan in place. Typically our guys do a great job preparing for a bowl game. We’re going to have to, with Ohio State as our opponent. We’re going to have great preparation to have a shot.”