SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Utah Utes are taking this bowl business seriously.
Brian Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Utah opened the bowl season with a wild 35-32 victory over the Navy Midshipmen in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.
It was Utah's seventh straight bowl victory dating to 1999.
The loss spoiled the head coaching debut of Navy's Ken Niumatalolo, who was promoted from assistant head coach and offensive line coach after Paul Johnson left for Georgia Tech.
Running back Darrell Mack, who grew up in the San Diego area, scored the first and last touchdowns for Utah (9-4), which won for the eighth time in nine games.
The teams combined for 50 points in the second half.
Navy pulled to 35-32 on Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada's 58-yard touchdown pass to Zerbin Singleton with 57 seconds left.
Singleton recovered the onside kick at the 42, but Kaheaku-Enhada was intercepted by Joe Dale on the second play of the drive to seal the victory.
Navy fell to 8-5.
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