2019 Alamo Bowl
The 2019 Alamo Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 31, 2019, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. local CST) on ESPN. It was the 27th edition of the Alamo Bowl, and was one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by Valero Energy, the game was officially known as the Valero Alamo Bowl.
|2019 Valero Alamo Bowl|
|27th Alamo Bowl|
|Date||December 31, 2019|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|MVP||Sam Ehlinger (QB, Texas) & Joseph Ossai (LB, Texas)|
|Favorite||Utah by 7|
|Referee||John McDaid (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN and ESPN Radio|
|Announcers||ESPN: Dave Flemming (play-by-play)|
Louis Riddick (analyst)
Paul Carcaterra (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
|Nielsen ratings||3.1 (5.61 million viewers)|
The game was played between the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12 Conference and the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 Conference. This was second time that the two programs have met; their prior meeting was in 1982, won by Texas.
Texas entered the game with a 7–5 record (5–4 in conference). They finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big 12. The Longhorns were 1–3 against ranked opponents; losing to LSU, Oklahoma, and Baylor while defeating Kansas State. This was Texas' fourth Alamo Bowl, tying the Longhorns with Iowa and Oklahoma State for the most appearances. Texas entered the game with a 2–1 record in prior Alamo Bowl appearances.
Utah entered the game with a 11–2 record (8–1 in conference), and ranked 12th in the AP Poll. They finished the regular season atop the Pac-12's South Division, having only lost to USC. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, the Utes faced Oregon and were defeated, 37–15. Utah was 1–1 against ranked opponents, defeating Arizona State and losing to Oregon. This was the first appearance for the Utes in the Alamo Bowl.
|No. 11 Utah||0||0||3||7||10|
|Time of possession||31:26||28:34|
|Utah||Passing||Tyler Huntley||15/23, 126 yards, 1 TD|
|Rushing||Zack Moss||16 carries, 57 yards|
|3 receptions, 30 yards|
|Texas||Passing||Sam Ehlinger||12/18, 201 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Keaontay Ingram||13 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Devin Duvernay||3 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD|
- Both Kuithe and Fotheringham finished with the same number of receptions and receiving yards, meaning Utah finished with two leading receivers.
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