The Texas Tech Red Raiders, led by head coach Kliff Kingsbury, were getting 14.5 points when they took the field against the 14th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils on Monday night (if you’re into that type of thing, for recreational purposes of course).
Even for some of the lopsided bowl match-ups we see from year to year, that is a big line. Such is the beauty of sports, however, as Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23 and won the 2013 National University Holiday Bowl.
Freshman Tech quarterback Davis Webb was the star of the game, throwing for 405 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Once the Red Raiders jumped out to their lead, the Sun Devils simply could never get back in the game.
It was not for lack of opportunity, however. At the end of the first half the ASU offense was on the goal line. Down 27-13, they had a chance to make it a one-score game going into the half. A fumbled snap and hooked field goal later they came away with no points. Down two scores again in the second half, this time 37-23, wide receiver Greg Smith beat the defense and had a walk-in touchdown to make it a ballgame. Somehow he dropped it, and ultimately Texas Tech cruised to the victory.
It was an especially long night for ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly, who went only 16-for-29 for 125 yards through the air. He did combine with running back D.J. Foster for a big night on the ground (242 yards on the ground as a team), but it was never enough to keep up with the exciting offense from Kingsbury and company.
Here’s your stat of the night: Texas Tech snapped a five game losing streak with their win in the Holiday Bowl Monday night. Never change, sports.