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West Virginia to play Utah in Heart of Dallas Bowl

The Mountaineers (7-5) will be taking on the Utah Utes (6-6) out of the Pac-12. WVU Athletics/Dale Sparks)

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be spending Christmas in Dallas after accepting a bid to play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The Mountaineers (7-5) will be taking on the Utah Utes (6-6) out of the Pac-12.

The Mountaineers, who finished fifth in the Big 12, and Utes will square off on Dec. 26 in the Cotton Bowl.

West Virginia will enter the Heart of Dallas Bowl coming off back-to-back losses after starting quarterback Will Grier suffered an injury in the Mountaineer’s 28-14 loss to Texas.

It is not clear whether Grier will be cleared to play in the bowl game.

The Mountaineers are scoring just over 36 points a game, while giving up 31.5 points a game.

Until his injury, Grier led the way for the Mountaineers, averaging 317 passing yards a game. The junior has thrown for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 11 games this season. Grier has also ran for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Grier’s favorite target this season has been David Sills V. Sills has 60 catches on the season for 980 yards and has scored 18 touchdowns.

The Utes finished fifth in the Pac-12 South and have lost six of their last eight games after starting the season 4-0.

The Utes offense is scoring 29.5 points a game and is led by running back Zack Moss, who has rushed for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley has thrown for 2,246 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

The Mountaineers and Utes have met just once before. Utah defeated West Virginia 32-6 on Dec. 19, 1964.

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