Foster Farms Bowl Open Thread - Utah Utes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Almost the last thing IN wants this game to turn into is a shootout, given the struggles IU's offense has had at various points, but a shootout would still be better than falling behind early by multiple scores.

Should Scales and Fant decide upon one more year of IN football, the ceiling will be indisputably high for Tom Allen's defense next fall. The Utes have won 14 of their last 15 bowls, and Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham is 10-1 in bowls as Utah boss.

"I feel like everybody is just hungry to play right now", quarterback Troy Williams said.

Kyle Fulks fumbled the opening kickoff, and IN took over IN the red zone.

It was Indiana's second straight close postseason loss after dropping an overtime game to Duke in last season's Pinstripe Bowl. Just 52 seconds into the game, IN led 7-0. "Now he's doing it for the offense, too".

Williams set a Foster Farms Bowl record, passing Cal's Jahvid Best, who rushed for 190 yards in 2008. Instead, the miss allowed the Utes to drive and kick the game-winning field goal. Prior to Utah's final drive, IN kicker Griffin Oakes missed a 41-yard field goal wide right, a kick that would have given IU a four-point lead.

Best player: Utah RB Joe Williams was a man among boys, running 26 times for a Foster Farms Bowl record 222 yards with a TD.

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Mitch Wishnowsky let a punt get away from him, and IN used its favorable field position to it advantage. With five minutes left in the fourth quarter and down one point to Indiana, Williams ran the ball with intensity and refused to be brought down by defenders. He made five catches for 80 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown.

When Utah trailed a 6-6 IN team late IN the fourth quarter, the Pac-12's reputation was IN danger of suffering another painful blow.

Indiana's last-ditch effort, an attempt at a 52-yard heave that actually went about 10 yards, fell harmlessly incomplete, like 25 of Richard Lagow's 39 attempts. The Utes held a 17-7 lead in the first half, but the Hoosiers tied it 17-17 at halftime.

"We have a lot of weapons and we weren't executing", Whittingham said. Offense gets the ball with a 1:24 to with one timeout and they had their shot.

The third quarter was certainly quieter, with only a pair of Utah field goals on the scoreboard to give the Pac-12 squad a 23-17 advantage. Lagow's 53-yard pass to Ricky Jones put Oakes in position to kick a 24-yard field goal that reduced the Utah lead to 17-10. That possession featured a big third-down conversion in the form of a 19-yard pass from Lagow to Westrbook, and Redding finished things off with a go-ahead touchdown run that gave the Hoosiers a one-point lead at 24-23.

After it looked like the Utah defense held up and IN couldn't complete a third down, Taumoepenu was flagged for roughing the passer. Phillips finished the job by scoring the game winning field goal. It's not the bowl game in California that Utah was hoping for, but anytime you can end the season in a bowl game, you have to take some pride in that.

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