Utes total just 211 total yards — and only 73 through the air — in season-ending 14-7 defeat.
Las Vegas • After three quarters of somnambulant play and next to no offense, Utah came alive in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl against Northwestern at Allegiant Stadium …
And lost 14-7.
Running back Micah Bernard, playing for the first time since an early-season injury, got the Utes on the board with a fourth-quarter touchdown.
The Utes wouldn’t score again.
Northwestern quarterback Ben Bryant, who briefly left the game following a scary hit, returned to throw what proved to be the winning touchdown, a 19-yard dime to Bryce Kirtz.
Utah’s defense had a strong performance, but could not make up for the Utes’ lack of offense, as they managed only 211 total yards in the game, and a mere 73 through the air.
With starting offensive linemen Keaton Bills and Satoa Laumea, and receivers Devaughn Vele and Mikey Matthews all gone, and quarterback Bryson Barnes off-target for most of the day besides, the Utes simply never could garner much momentum.
They had one final try, driving down to the Northwestern 39, before a Barnes telegraphed a pass to Luca Caldarella on fourth-and-3, which was easily broken up.
The Wildcats took over, gained one more first down, and ran out the clock.