By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm EST
On Wednesday night, the Indiana Hoosiers faces the #19 Utah Utes in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The game will be on FOX at 8 pm EST.
“There’s a lot of positives attached,” Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham said. “It’s a great venue and a great destination for a bowl game. Who wouldn’t want to spend a week in San Francisco? It’s a great city.”
The game is about 40 minutes from San Francisco in Santa Clara. At least it’s a different location than Las Vegas, where Utah spent its previous two bowl games.
“I’m excited for the new opportunity,” Utes defensive end Hunter Dimick said via the Desert News. “Vegas has been absolutely phenomenal the last two years, but everybody was ready for something new and we’re excited for it.”
The Hoosiers are 6-6, while the Utes are 8-4. Indiana was 2-3 on the road, while Utah was 4-2.
This is the third meeting between these two teams. However, the last time they played each other was on Sept. 7, 2002 when the Utes won 40-13.
Utah also won the initial meeting on Sept. 22, 2001 when they won 28-26.
This is the first game for Tom Allen, who was named permanent head coach for the Hoosiers since their last game. Their former head coach Kevin Wilson resigned on Dec. 1 after allegations that he mistreated his players, including pressuring one player into playing when he was allegedly injured with a back injury.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Allen said. “It’s been crazy.”
Allen has never coached a game as a head coach before at any level. He was previous the Hoosiers defensive coordinator, before being promoted to the head coach.
“At this point, you’re trying to get everybody kind of comfortable with what the direction is,” Allen said to the Indianapolis Star. “When something like this happens, there’s just a lot of questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about the future and everything, so I think for me, it was a matter of just kind of calming everybody down, say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re doing, this is the vision between now and the bowl game.’”
Whittingham is in his 12th season as the Utes head coach. He’s 9-1 in bowl games as their head coach.
Indiana won their last game over the Purdue Boilermakers. They haven’t lost since Nov. 19 when they were defeated 20-10 by the Michigan Wolverines.
Utah has lost its previous two games. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 10 when they were defeated 49-26 by the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Richard Lagow leads the Hoosiers attack with 3,174 passing yards. He has 18 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.
“He is locked in at practice,” Hoosiers wide receiver Nick Westbrook said of Lagow. “He understands the offense better, he knows where he wants the ball to go. He has matured a lot over the season.”
Devine Rodding has 1,050 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Nick Westbrook has 915 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Troy Williams leads the Utes attack with 2,579 passing yards. He has 15 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
Joe Williams has 1,185 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Tim Patrick has 684 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
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