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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY BOWL

Final

(21) Arizona State 23

(10-4)

Texas Tech 37

(8-5)

Coverage: ESPN

10:15 PM ET, December 30, 2013

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

1 2 3 4 T
#21ASU 6 7 7 323
TTU 13 14 10 037

Top Performers

Passing: D. Webb (TTU) - 403 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Kelly (ASU) - 25 CAR, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Grant (TTU) - 6 REC, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Davis Webb throws 4 TDs to launch Texas Tech over No. 14 ASU

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Davis Webb helped end Texas Tech's unsightly five-game losing streak while making sure the Red Raiders' seniors had a great sendoff.

The freshman threw for 403 yards and tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 14 Arizona State on Monday night.

Webb tied the record set by BYU's Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State's Brian Kavanagh in 1995 and Texas' Major Applewhite in 2001.

"When Coach told me I was going to start, there was nothing but joy," Webb said. "I told myself that I was going to make sure that I was going to send the seniors out right. We came prepared. We leaned on each other and we showed that today.

"It's pretty exhilarating right now. I'm so proud of this team," he added.

The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (10-4) lost its second straight.

Webb completed 28 of 41 passes. He threw touchdown passes of 18 and 21 yards to Jakeem Grant, 1 yard to Rodney Hall, and 23 yards to Bradley Marquez, all in the first half.

"He's really battled to separate himself all year," said first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, a former Red Raiders quarterback.

"To play that young in this type of arena, D-I, that's very rare, and I think he does a great job handling the pressure, coming out here and making things happen," wide receiver Eric Ward said.

After losing their final five games by an average of 20.6 points, the Red Raiders scored on four of their first five drives to take a 27-6 lead five minutes into the second quarter.

Kingsbury said the Red Raiders had seen predictions that they'd lose by 22 points.

"We saw that all week. We knew what people thought and we knew the type of team we had," the coach said.

"We didn't get any respect all weekend long," Ward said. "It was all about Arizona State and their record and this, that and the other. So we used that to fuel the fire."

Ward said the losing streak "preyed upon us pretty heavily. No one likes losing that much and (losing) that much on the road. It starts depressing the team a little bit. We just did all we could to prepare for this game. During the bowl practices, the time we had together helped us bond together."

Texas Tech All-American tight end Jace Amaro had eight catches for 112 yards. He set the Football Bowl Subdivision single-season record for yards receiving by a tight end with 1,352.

The Sun Devils, coming off a 38-14 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, were held to 18 points fewer than their average. They dropped to 0-4 in the Holiday Bowl dating to 1985.

"I'm very embarrassed for our program," coach Todd Graham said. "As coaches we didn't have our guys prepared to play. They came to play. We didn't. Give them credit. I was embarrassed for the fans that showed up today. We didn't have our players prepared. Zero excuses, but we didn't have our players prepared to play. It was an ugly game offensively and defensively. We just didn't play very well. They were the more passionate team today."

While Texas Tech was finding the end zone early on, Arizona State had to settle for field goals of 44 and 31 yards by Zane Gonzalez.

The Sun Devils got their first touchdown when D.J. Foster scored on a 20-yard run with 7:52 left in the second quarter to close to 27-13. ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly scored on a 44-yard run early in the third, but Reginald Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to extend the Red Raiders' lead to 34-20.

Kelly gained 135 yards on 25 carries but threw for only 125 yards, going 16-of-29. He was sacked three times. Foster gained 132 yards on 20 carries.

Arizona State's Richard Smith couldn't hold on to a 50-yard pass from Kelly as he tripped and tumbled into the end zone with 9:50 left and the Sun Devils trailing by 14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
TTU
1st Downs2024
Total Yards412484
Passing125403
Rushing28781
Penalties7-598-60
3rd Down Conversions6-199-16
4th Down Conversions3-41-1
Turnovers12
Possession29:1930:41

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kelly16/291254.301
Texas TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb28/414039.840

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly251355.4144
Foster201326.6120
Texas TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington14513.6012
Williams8172.1017

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ozier23115.5021
Strong4287.0016
Texas TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amaro811214.0023
Grant68914.8223

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASUTTU
TD09:41Rodney Hall 1 Yd Pass From Davis Webb (Pat Failed) 06
TD06:27Jakeem Grant 18 Yd Pass From Davis Webb (Ryan Bustin Kick) 013
FG04:26Zane Gonzalez 44 Yd 313
FG02:22Zane Gonzalez 31 Yd 613
SECOND QUARTERASUTTU
TD14:30Bradley Marquez 23 Yd Pass From Davis Webb (Ryan Bustin Kick) 620
TD10:08Jakeem Grant 21 Yd Pass From Davis Webb (Ryan Bustin Kick) 627
TD07:52D.J. Foster 20 Yd Run (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 1327
THIRD QUARTERASUTTU
TD13:13Taylor Kelly 44 Yd Run (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 2027
TD13:02Reginald Davis 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Ryan Bustin Kick) 2034
FG05:28Ryan Bustin 23 Yd 2037
FOURTH QUARTERASUTTU
FG13:39Zane Gonzalez 33 Yd 2337