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West Virginia to face Utah in Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26

Jerry DiPaola
| Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

West Virginia earned its 36th all-time bowl berth Sunday when it accepted an invitation to the Heart of Dallas Bowl to play Utah of the Pac-12. The game is Dec. 26 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

West Virginia (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) will make its first visit to the Heart of Dallas Bowl and its first postseason appearance in Texas in 30 years (Sun Bowl).

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen has led the Mountaineers to six bowls in seven years, including each of the past four.

Holgorsen said quarterback Will Grier's status with a broken hand is “not good,” but he said doctors will continue to evaluate it.

Utah (6-6, 3-6 Pac-12) will be playing in a bowl for the fourth consecutive season and 21st time overall.

The Utes have played in 11 bowl games under coach Kyle Whittingham, who has the best bowl win percentage in NCAA history at 91 percent (10-1).

Asked about the distance between Morgantown, W.Va., and Dallas, athletic director Shane Lyons said he expects Mountaineers fans to support the game.

“Our fans are used to traveling around the holidays for bowl games,” Lyons said. “They've done it for years.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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