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Flashback: Utes beat Mountaineers in Atlantic City

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

As the Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers get ready for their second meeting all-time, we look back at their historic first meeting. The Utes won 32-6 over the Mountaineers in the 1964 Liberty Bowl in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This was — and still is — the only Bowl game played indoors in the United States. It was also the only Bowl game to take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Hall on December 19th, 1964.

Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers playing in the 1964 Liberty Bowl in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Hall (Photo by the Associated Press)

Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers playing in the 1964 Liberty Bowl in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Hall (Photo by the Associated Press)

The Convention Hall (now the Boardwalk Hall) became the venue for this game after it was moved from five-years at Philadelphia Stadium. This Liberty Bowl game — which was the first major Bowl game broadcasted nationwide — has been played in Memphis, Tennessee ever since.

The Utes finished their season with an 8-2 record. The Mountaineers ended their season with a 7-3 mark.

Utes quarterback Dick Groth had a 33 yard touchdown pass to Bill Morley.

The Utes also had three rushing touchdowns. Pokey Allen scored on a 11 yard rushing touchdown.

Ron Coleman also added a 53 yard rushing touchdown. Andy Ireland also had a 47 yard rushing touchdown.

Utes kicker Roy Jefferson also connected on two field goals.

Mountaineers quarterback Allen McCune threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Milt Clegg. The two-point conversion failed.

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