2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl

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2017 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
1234 Total
Utah 710013 30
West Virginia 0338 14
DateDecember 26, 2017
Season2017
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPJulian Blackmon (CB, Utah)[1]
RefereeJeff Maconaghy (ACC)
Attendance20,507
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersRoy Philpott, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Heart of Dallas Bowl
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The 2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 26, 2017, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. It was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. The 8th edition of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, it was sponsored by fast food chicken restaurant Zaxby's, and was officially known as the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The game featured the Utah Utes from the Pac-12 Conference against the West Virginia Mountaineers from the Big 12 Conference. Utah defeated West Virginia, 30–14.[1]

Team selection[edit]

The game featured conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA and the Big 12 Conference. However, the bowl instead invited a team from the Pac-12 Conference. This was the second all-time meeting between the two schools, with the first occurring in the 1964 Liberty Bowl. It was the first Heart of Dallas Bowl for each team.

Utah[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Utah WVU
1 11:37 4 83 1:38 Utah Zack Moss 58-yard touchdown run, Matt Gay kick good 7 0
2 13:09 11 67 4:29 WVU 28-yard field goal by Evan Staley 7 3
2 5:46 3 13 1:19 Utah Tyler Huntley 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Gay kick good 14 3
2 1:08 9 56 3:12 Utah 29-yard field goal by Matt Gay 17 3
3 6:43 4 0 1:02 WVU 26-yard field goal by Evan Staley 17 6
4 13:59 7 39 2:35 Utah Tyler Huntley 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Gay kick good 24 6
4 11:38 4 7 1:38 Utah 26-yard field goal by Matt Gay 27 6
4 4:15 8 20 4:03 Utah 24-yard field goal by Matt Gay 30 6
4 1:58 5 67 2:17 WVU Ka'Raun White 18-yard touchdown reception from Chris Chugunov, 2-point pass good 30 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 30 14

Statistics[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Utes 7 10 0 13 30
Mountaineers 0 3 3 8 14
Statistics Utah WVU
First downs 19 6
Plays–yards 80 51
Rushes–yards 53–197 21–29
Passing yards 165 124
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 12–27–0 10–30–2
Time of possession 38:34 21:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Utah Passing Tyler Huntley 12/26, 165 yds
Rushing Zack Moss 20 car, 150 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Darren Carrington II 4 rec, 62 yds
West Virginia Passing Chris Chugunov 9/28, 129 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Kennedy McCoy 14 car, 31 yds
Receiving Gary Jennings 3 rec, 66 yds

Media[edit]

The game was broadcast by ESPN, and kicked off at 1:30 PM ET.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harris, Drew (December 26, 2017). "Utah halts West Virginia to claim another bowl win". theheartofdallasbowl.com. Retrieved December 26, 2017.