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Goodbye, 12-0 Utah; hello, 7-5 UF

Urban Meyer paused a few times to collect himself.

Saying goodbye was hard enough. Doing so after a 12-0 season was almost too much.

Fifth-ranked Utah sent Meyer to his new job at Florida (7-5) with a final nearly perfect performance, beating Pittsburgh 35-7 late Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl.

"All the speaking, all the work, all of the people just trying to get them interested in Utah football. And we've done that," Meyer said. "There's an interest in Utah football."

The first team from a non-BCS conference to play in a Bowl Championship Series game didn't disappoint against Big East champion Pitt (8-4), scoring on half of its 10 possessions. The Utes of the Mountain West will be one of, at most, three unbeaten teams in Division I-A.

"Going undefeated is hard to do. There's a lot of good football teams out there," Meyer said.

It was not such a great sendoff for Pitt coach Walt Harris, who is leaving to take over Stanford.

"They are a very good, very explosive team and it was a tough game for us," Harris said. "We did not match up physically the way we needed to in order to stay in it offensively."

Saturday's sendoff turned into a party for Utah fans, who made up at least 75 percent of the sellout crowd of 73,519 at Sun Devil Stadium, giving it a red hue. Utah hadn't gone unbeaten and untied since 1930.

So Meyer's farewell message was simple: Enjoy it.

"It was a great game against a very good team and I told our players," Meyer said, before pausing briefly. "People can take a lot from you; they can never take the fact that you're 12-0."

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