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Texas Tech to face Arizona State in Holiday Bowl


The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to snap their 5-game losing streak when they face #16 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl December 30th at 9:15 p.m. CST in San Diego, California.

The Sun Devils are 10-3 after going 8-1 in the PAC 12, winning the South Division. Arizona State lost to Stanford in the Conference Championship Game Saturday.

The Red Raiders started out the season 7-0 and were ranked #10 in the nation. They then lost their last five. Now they look to beat a ranked team to cap off Kliff Kingsbury's first season.

Arizona State is 0-3 all-time in the Holiday Bowl while the Red Raiders pulled a huge upset in the 2004 Holiday Bowl. The Red Raiders were 11-point underdogs to #4 Cal, but Sonny Cumbie threw for 520 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Red Raiders 45-31 win over the Golden Bears.

Arizona State and Texas Tech have met once before in 1999 with the Sun Devils winning 31-13 at Sun Devil Stadium.

The official announcement about the Holiday Bowl will come later tonight. Tune in to hear from the Red Raiders tonight after the NFL game.

Texas Tech released this statement Sunday night:

Texas Tech University has formally accepted its 36th bowl invitation in school history and will face the No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils in the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Monday, Dec. 30.

Tickets (ranging from $40-90) for Texas Tech's second appearance in the Holiday Bowl can be purchased immediately at www.texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-8324 (M-F; 8:30-5:30 p.m. CT). Texas Tech has received an allotment of 11,000 tickets for the game and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through Tech so that the university receives credit toward this allotment.

"Texas Tech is honored to accept an invitation to the National University Holiday Bowl," Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics said. "The tradition surrounding the Holiday Bowl makes it one of the most anticipated games of the postseason. Texas Tech's Holiday Bowl win in 2004 is a source of great pride for our fans and we look forward to a return to San Diego."

Texas Tech will be making its 36th bowl appearance in school history, a number thank ranks 17th nationally, and its second in the Holiday Bowl. In their only other trip to San Diego in 2004, the Red Raiders stunned the heavily favored and fourth-ranked California Golden Bears 45-31. Texas Tech's quarterback in that game was Sonny Cumbie who now serves as co-offensive coordinator. Trey Haverty, Tech's All-American receiver in that game, is now the safeties coach while starting linebacker Mike Smith is the co-defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders.

"We are excited about the opportunity to play in the National University Holiday Bowl," Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said. The Holiday Bowl has a reputation for providing a phenomenal experience for their teams. Arizona State is a very good football team and we will have to play our best."

Texas Tech comes into the game with a 7-5 overall record while Arizona State stands at 10-3 overall. Kickoff for the Holiday Bowl is set for 9:15 p.m. (CT) and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Red Raiders and Sun Devils have meet once previously, the 1999 season opener which Arizona State won, 31-13, in Tempe.

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