Impact players in the Sugar Bowl
John Parker Wilson, quarterback
The Alabama senior kept defenses honest with a solid passing game. He was 169-for-293 for 2,096 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also ran for five more scores on the ground.
Brian Johnson, quarterback
The Utah senior directed the undefeated Utes' offense and went 241-for-353 for 2,636 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 150 yards and another score.
Glen Coffee, running back
The Alabama junior put up some impressive numbers on the ground, rushing for 1,347 yards on 220 carries for 10 touchdowns. He averaged 6.12 yards per carry.
Matt Asiata, running back
The Utah junior led a strong rushing attack, carrying the ball 132 times for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 13 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.
Julio Jones, wide receiver
The Alabama freshman didn't go through any growing pains in his first collegiate action. He had 51 receptions for 847 yards and four touchdowns.
Freddie Brown, wide receiver
The Utah senior was quarterback Brian Johnson's favorite target as he hauled in 65 receptions for 775 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Sean Smith, defensive back
The Utah junior led the Utes in interceptions with five, returning one of them for a touchdown. He also tallied 40 tackles and 8 passes broken up.
Terrence Cody, defensive lineman
The Alabama junior helped anchor the nation's third-ranked defense. He registered 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one foreced fumble.
Louie Sakoda, kicker
The Utah senior is one of the top NFL kicking prospects in college football. He went 21-for-23 on field goal attempts and 52-for-53 on extra points. He also had a 51.76 perfect touchback rate.
Nick Saban, head coach
Nick Saban went 7-6 last season, his first with the Tide. But it didn't take him long to turn things around as he led 'Bama to a 12-1 record. The Tide's only loss was to Florida in the SEC Championship. He's 110-49-1 in his collegiate career and 4-5 in bowl games.
Kyle Whittingham, head coach
Kyle Whittingham began his relationship with Utah as the defensive line coach in 1994. The following year, he was promoted to defensive coordinator, a position he held until 2005. That's when he took over the reigns as head coach. He's gone 36-14 and won his first Mountain West title this season. He's also 3-0 in bowl games.