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Utah Utes defensive end Mika Tafua (42) celebrates a sack as Utah and Washington play in the Pac-12 Championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Deseret News)
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Utes Headed To Holiday Bowl To Face Northwestern

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s not the Rose Bowl, but it’s still a great game in Southern California. The Utah Utes are headed to San Diego to play Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 31st at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium.

It’ll be the first appearance ever for the Utes in the Holiday Bowl as they’ll try to finish a terrific 9-4 season on a strong note.

Utah is set to face another team that made its conference championship game in Northwestern. The Wildcats lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game 45-24, but finished the year with an 8-5 record.

“We are elated to be invited to the Holiday Bowl and to play an outstanding Northwestern team,” said Whittingham. “It is a testament to our players and also our great fan base that we were invited to play in this prestigious game. Our players are deserving to play in a bowl of this caliber and we are especially happy for our exceptional senior class. We look forward to playing in front of a big Utah crowd down in San Diego on December 31.”

December 31 will mark the third meeting between these two teams. Northwestern won the first match up in 1927, 13-6. The Utes beat the Wildcats in 1981 in Evanston, Illinois 42-0.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. It will be broadcast on FS1.