QB Brett Ratliff's will face Tech's top 10 defense in his second-ever NCAA start.
Dec. 5, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY -
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> Utah (6-5, 4-4 MWC) will play No. 24 Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3 ACC) in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco's SBC Park on Thursday, Dec. 29. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. The payout is $750,000 per team. It is Utah's fourth bowl appearance in the last five years and the ninth-consecutive bowl berth for Georgia Tech.
> Utah is 7-4 all-time in bowl games and 4-0 since 1999. Last year, Utah broke into the Bowl Championship Series and defeated Big East co-champion Pittsburgh, 35-7, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Utah's other bowl wins during its current win streak follow: 17-16 vs. Fresno State in the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl, 10-6 over USC in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl and 17-0 vs. Southern Miss in the 2003 Liberty Bowl.
> Utah finished in a tie for fourth in the Mountain West Conference (4-4). Tech was 5-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and tied for third in the 12-team league.
> The Emerald Bowl will pit one of the nation's best offensive teams (Utah) against one of its top defensive teams (Georgia Tech). Utah ranks No. 12 in the nation (first in the MWC) in total offense, averaging 466.0 yards per game. Tech is No. 12 in the nation in total defense, allowing 296.4 yards per game. Utah ranks No. 61 in total defense (372.8 average) and Georgia Tech ranks No. 81 in total offense (345.7 average). Complete rankings can be found on pages 3 (Utah) and 5 (Georgia Tech) of this release.