This is the first time Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has faced off against Utah's Kyle Whittingham, but barely. In Johnson's previous job at Navy, he led the Midshipman to an 8-4 regular season in 2007 and a berth in the Poinettia Bowl to face Whittingham and Utah.
On Dec. 7, two weeks before the game, Johnson took the Georgia Tech job. Utah went on to win the bowl game, 35-32, against Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. Niumatalolo still holds that position.