DALLAS–Zack Moss ran for 150 yards as Utah got its fifth consecutive bowl victory with a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.
Tyler Huntley completed 12-of-26 passes for 165 yards. The sophomore quarterback ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns, including two 2-yard keepers.
Chris Chugunov made 9-of-28 passes for 129 yards. The Mountaineers (7-6) finished the day with just 153 yards of total offense. Through three quarters, WVU had just 85 yards.
“Pretty disappointing loss. Disappointing loss to end a disappointing season,” Dana Holgorsen said.
The Utes (7-6) did most of their damage on the ground, rushing for 197 yards and three touchdowns.
On its opening possession, Utah jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Huntley handed the ball off to Moss, who found a hole and exploded into the endzone for a 58-yard touchdown run.
The Utes scored again late in the second quarter after a muffed punt by Marcus Simms at the WVU 13. The ball hit Simms on the shoulder and was recovered by Utah.
For three quarters, the Mountaineers sputtered to get any kind of offense going. Late in the fourth quarter Chugunov connected with Gary Jennings Jr. to push WVU over the 100-yard mark. On the next play, Ka’Raun White grabbed an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chugunov.
The Mountaineer’s went for the two-point conversion and Kennedy McKoy’s pass to Trevon Wesco pulled WVU within 30-14.
With the win, Kyle Whittingham improved to 11-1.
The Mountaineers were without junior quarterback, who suffered a season-ending injury on Nov. 18. They were also without senior running back Justin Crawford, senior offensive lineman Kyle Bosch (injury) and junior offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (injury).
“Your backups got to go in there and play at a high level,” Holgorsen said. “If your backups got to go in there and play at a high level, you get beat against good teams.”
Senior Kyzir White led WVU’s defense with 13 total tackles, seven unassisted, a sack and a tackle for a loss. David Long had six tackles and 2.5 sacks.
The Mountaineer defense sacked Huntley six times.
Utah forced four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries), turning them into 13 points.
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