No. 22 Wildcats upsets No. 17 Utes in Holiday Bowl on New Year’s Eve

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats defeated No. 17 Utah Utes on New Year’s Eve. The Wildcats won 31-20 in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California.

The Wildcats ended their season with a 9-5 record. They ended their season with a one-game win streak.

Northwestern improved to 5-10 all-time in Bowl games. They have won their last three Bowl games.

The Utes fell to 9-5 with the loss. They ended their season with a two-game losing streak.

With the loss, Utah fell to 17-5 all-time in Bowl games. The loss snapped their five-game Bowl win streak.

Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson went 21 of 30 for 241 yards. He had two touchdowns and one interception.

Isaiah Bowser had 23 carries for 70 yards. Riley Lees had two carries for six yards and a touchdown.

Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman had two receptions for 64 yards. Cameron Green had seven receptions for 46 yards. Kyric McGowan had four receptions for 45 yards.

Trey Klock had a 20-yard touchdown reception. Lees had two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Utes quarterback Jason Shelley went 27 of 45 for 302 yards. He also had two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Shelley had 12 carries for 39 yards. Armand Shyne had 14 carries for 33 yards.

Jaylen Dixon had nine receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. Siaosi Mariner had four receptions for 38 yards. Brant Kuithe had four receptions for 36 yards.

Solomon Enis had three receptions for 34 yards. Jake Jackson had three receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Northwestern had 28 points in the second half. Thorson hit Lees for a four-yard touchdown reception. Jared McGee scored on an 82-yard fumble return.

Thorson hit Klock for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Lees also scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown.

The Utes led 20-3 at halftime. Shelley hit Dixon for a 27-yard touchdown reception. Shelley hit Jackson for a four-yard touchdown reception.

Matt Gay also made two field goals.

Wildcats’ Charlie Kuhbander made a 21-yard field goal.

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