December 29, 2005
Wide receiver Travis LaTendresse caught an Emerald Bowl-record four touchdown passes to lead the University of Utah to a 38-10 upset victory over Georgia Tech in the 4th annual Emerald Bowl game before 25,742 fans on Dec. 29 at AT&T Park.
LaTendresse, whose TD reception in overtime against BYU in the season finale made the Utes bowl eligible, caught a bowl record 16 passes for 214 yards and the four scores. The El Dorado Hills, California native, playing in front of 125 family and friends, also caught a two-point conversion. He was named the game's Offensive MVP.
Utah quarterback Brett Ratliff, playing only his second game as the Utes' starter, completed 30 of 41 passes for 381 yards and the four LaTendresse touchdowns, setting Emerald Bowl records in all four categories. The Utes racked up 550 yards against the nation's 10th-ranked defense.
The defensive MVP was Utah cornerback Eric Weddle, who shut down Georgia Tech's All-America receiver Calvin Johnson, limiting him to two catches for 19 yards. Weddle also lined up at quarterback on occasion, rushing for 23 yards in three carries, and picked up a key first down off a fake field goal.
Utah's win was the first for a Mountain West Conference team in the Emerald Bowl. In the three previous Bowls, Virginia Tech edged Air Force 20-13, Boston College beat Colorado State 35-21 and Navy defeated New Mexico 34-19.