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Dec. 12, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY -
Note: a few notes on Utah's upcoming Tostitos Fiesta Bowl appearance follow. For the complete release, download the accompanying PDF document.
Location Tempe, Ariz.
Date Saturday, Jan. 1
Site Sun Devil Stadium (73,752)
Kickoff 6:30 p.m. MST
Television ABC National (Brent Musburger, Gary Danielson, Jack Arute)
Radio ESPN National (Dave Barnett, Bill Curry, David Norrie, Alex Flanagan)
Hot Ticket 700/KALL-AM (Bill Marcroft, Frank Dolce, Sharrieff Shah)
Internet www.UtahUtes.com and www.HotTicket700.com
Assignments Utah is the home team; Pittsburgh is the visiting team
Payout $14-$17 million per team
> No. 5/6 ranked Utah (11-0, 7-0 MWC) and No. 19/20 Pittsburgh (8-3, 4-2 Big East) will square off in the 34th-annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 1 in Tempe, Ariz. The game will be played in Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium (73,752) and will be televised nationally by ABC. Team introductions will begin at 6:30 p.m. MST and the game will kickoff at 6:43 p.m.
> Utah has made history by becoming the first school from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to earn a berth in a BCS bowl.
> Utah is the outright Mountain West Conference champion for the second straight year, while Pitt tied with three other teams for first place in the Big East.
> Utah earned an at-large BCS bid by finishing the season ranked in the top six in the BCS standings. Pitt received its league's automatic BCS berth as the highest ranked team from the Big East. Utah's final BCS ranking was No. 6, while Pitt's was No. 21.
> Utah and Pitt have never played each other in football. Utah is 1-0 all-time against the Big East, having beaten West Virginia 40 years ago in the 1964 Liberty Bowl.
> Kyle Whittingham, Utah's defensive coordinator since 1995, was named the new head Utah football coach on Dec. 8, 2004. Whittingham requested that outgoing coach Urban Meyer serve as head coach of Utah's Fiesta Bowl team before departing for his new job at Florida.