Whenever it seems Joe Williams won’t be available to Utah, he comes back and delivers.
Williams returned from a four-week retirement early in the season to help solidify a broken-down running back position. Then in the bowl game, he overcame an illness that forced him to miss a team meeting the night before and capped his career in style.
Williams ran for 222 yards and a touchdown, Andy Phillips kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:24 to play and Utah beat Indiana 26-24 on Wednesday night in the Foster Farms Bowl for its 14th victory in its past 15 bowl games.
“We weren’t positive we’d have him tonight. He showed a lot of toughness,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “I couldn’t be more proud of Joe to end his career as a Ute on this note.”
Williams had to check out of the game several times but shook off his own costly fumble to run for 64 yards on the final drive, setting up Phillips’ fourth field goal of the night.
“We prepared well these last few weeks so I just had to go out there like (Michael) Jordan did in ’97 in the flu game and just leave it all out there,” Williams said.
Tyler Huntley ran for another score and the Utes (9-4) forced three turnovers to spoil Tom Allen’s coaching debut at Indiana and improve Whittingham’s bowl record to 10-1.
“We’re carrying the mantle for hundreds of football players who have come through here and raised the bar to where it’s at,” Whittingham said. “We have to continue that tradition and this group did just that.”
Allen took over the Hoosiers (6-7) after Kevin Wilson’s sudden resignation this…
click here to read more.