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#pounditThursday, July 25, 2024

Utah QB Tyler Huntley says team treated bowl game like a ‘vacation’

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Utah entered the Alamo Bowl on Tuesday as the 11th-ranked team in the nation and a favorite over unranked Texas, but the Utes looked completely unprepared. Judging by what senior quarterback Tyler Huntley said after the game, they may have been.

After Texas dominated Utah from start to finish in a 38-10 rout, Huntley admitted his team treated the bowl invite “more as a vacation than preparing for a game.”

Utah had College Football Playoff aspirations until losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, so there was always a risk of them not being motivated enough in their bowl game. When you have a team that is coming off a letdown that also failed to adequately prepare, that is the result you get. The media may have appreciated Huntley’s honesty, but that does not reflect well on Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger made it clear he was not going to come out with a big proclamation after Tuesday’s win the way he did last year, and that’s probably for the best. The Longhorns’ upset win may say a lot more about Utah’s indifference to the Alamo Bowl than it does about where Texas is at heading into 2020.

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