Kliff Kingsbury and 13-point underdog Texas Tech used strong defense and outstanding quarterback play to stun #14 Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl 37-23.
The Red Raiders started off hot, scoring on their first two possessions to take a 13-0 lead. Freshman Quarterback Davis Webb, who was battling for the starting nod with Sophomore Michael Brewer, continued the intensity in the 2nd Quarter, throwing four total touchdown passes to three different receivers in the first half, a Holiday Bowl record.
The 2nd Half saw Arizona State take their opening possession in for a touchdown to bring the Sun Devils within seven, but Reginald Davis took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards back to the house to extend the lead back to 14, which quelled the Arizona State momentum and ended up being the play of the game.
From there, the Red Raider defense put the clamps on the Sun Devils. Arizona State only had 125 yards passing all game and were held to only six of 19 on 3rd downs.
Miscues from the Sun Devils on Special Teams helped Texas Tech - particularly right before the half when Arizona State had First and Goal from the one yard line and ended up missing a field goal as the Half expired.
From there the momentum remained on the Red Raiders side of the field. With the Sun Devils driving down two touchdowns and over three minutes left to play, Freshman Cornerback Justice Nelson intercepted ASU Quarterback Taylor Kelly in the end zone to seal the win for the Red Raiders - the only turnover of the game for the Sun Devils.
After the turmoil of the latter half of the season defensively, it's fitting that Matt Wallerstedt's defense put a solid performance together to send the seniors out with a huge win.
Freshman Quarterback Davis Webb finished 28 of 41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns, but most importantly zero turnovers.
Junior Tight End Jace Amaro, who is expected to declare for the NFL Draft, finished with eight receptions for 112 yards.
After the excitement of a 7-0 start and the turmoil of a 0-5 finish the Red Raiders finish 2013 with a huge win to launch the program into the off season.
Kliff Kingsbury gets a Bowl Victory in his first year as Head Coach and Tech has now won 9 of their last 11 bowl games.
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