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Dec. 31, 2013

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GETTING STARTED
• Weather conditions at kickoff: Temperature: 63 degrees; Winds: NNW at 5 mph; Humidity: 32 percent.
• Tonight's game was televised nationally by ESPN and marked Tech's third appearance on network's flagship channel this season.
• Tonight's game marked the second all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Arizona State and the first since the season opener in 1999.
• Tonight's game marked the 987th all-time game in Texas Tech history.
• Texas Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive. Texas Tech finished the season with an 8-5 record on the opening coin toss.
• Texas Tech wore black helmets, gray jerseys and black pants for tonight's Holiday Bowl game. It marked the first such uniform combination of the season.
• Tonight's game captains were Kerry Hyder, Terrance Bullitt, Eric Ward and Kenny Williams
• Senior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder made his 38th consecutive start and the 41st of his career tonight against Arizona State.
• Senior defensive back Tre' Porter made his third career start in a bowl game tonight (TicketCity, Meineke Car Care Bowl and Holiday Bowl).
• Tonight's game was a homecoming for seven Red Raiders that hail from the state of California: Brandon Bagley (Los Angeles), Dorian Crawford (San Diego), Olaoluwa Falemi (Carson), SaDale Foster (Riverside), Bruce Jones (Eastvale), Thierry Nguema (Corona) and Will Smith (Riverside).
• Tonight's attendance was 52,930.

Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Le'Raven Clark, (LG) Baylen Brown, (C) Jared Kaster, (RG) Beau Carpenter (RT) Rashad Fortenberry, (QB) Davis Webb, (RB) Kenny Williams, (RB) SaDale Foster, (WR) Jakeem Grant, (WR) Eric Ward, (WR) Bradley Marquez (Defense) - (DE) Brandon Jackson, (T) Dartwan Bush (N) Kerry Hyder, (BAN) Pete Robertson, (WILL) Will Smith, (MIKE) Sam Eguavoen, (RAIDER) Terrance Bullitt, (BC) Bruce Jones, (FC) Justis Nelson, (FS) Tre' Porter, (SS) Tanner Jacobson

TECH'S WIN...
• Gives Texas Tech an 8-5 record on the season... Red Raiders have finished with eight or more wins in 11 of the last 12 seasons dating back to 2002.
• Gives Texas Tech first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury a victory in his first career bowl game... Kingsbury is the second Red Raider head coach to lead Tech to a bowl game victory during his first season as head coach (Tommy Tuberville, 2010)... Overall, Texas Tech has made a bowl game under five first-year head coaches.
• Gives Texas Tech four consecutive bowl game victories (2009 Alamo, 2010 TicketCity, 2012 Meineke Care Care Bowl of Texas, 2013 Holiday Bowl)... marks the most consecutive bowl victories in program history.
• Gives Texas Tech a 6-1 record in bowl games since 2006.
• Gives Texas Tech a 9-2 record in bowl games since 2002.
• Gives Texas Tech a 2-0 record in Holiday Bowl games... Red Raiders defeated No. 4 Cal 45-31 in the 2004 game in San Diego.
• Gives Texas Tech a 2-1 record against PAC-12 opponents in bowl games.
• Gives Texas Tech a 2-1 record in bowl games played in the state of California.

WEBB (OFFENSIVE) AND SMITH (DEFENSIVE) EARN GAME MOST VALUABLE PLAYER HONORS
• Texas Tech freshman quarterback Davis Webb earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors while Tech senior linebacker - and California native - Will Smith was named the game's Defensive Most Valuable Player.
• Webb passed for 403 yards on 28-of-41 passing with four touchdown passes... four touchdown passes ties a Holiday Bowl all-time record... Webb becomes the fourth quarterback to throw for four TD passes in the game, joining Jim McMahon (BYU - 1980), Brian Kavanagh (Kansas State - 1995) and Major Applewhite (Texas - 2001).
• Webb is the first freshman in school history to earn bowl game MVP honors... it marks the ninth consecutive bowl-game victory that a Red Raider quarterback has taken home MVP or offensive MVP honors.
• Webb's 403 passing yards marked the most by a Red Raider in a bowl game since 2007 (Graham Harrell, 407 - Gator Bowl).
• Smith finished the game leading the Red Raiders with 14 tackles (10 solo).

Jace Amaro BREAKS NCAA RECORD FOR MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN A SINGLE-SEASON BY A TIGHT END

• Texas Tech junior Jace Amaro broke the NCAA all-time record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with 1,352... Amaro broke the record that was previously held by Rice's James Casey (1,329) during the 2008 season... Amaro finished the game with eight receptions and 112 receiving yards.
• Amaro recorded his sixth 100-yad receiving game of the season (7th career)... Six 100-yard receiving games leads the nation among tight ends.
• Amaro announced after the game that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
• The 38-yard reception by redshirt freshman Reginald Davis on Tech's first drive of the game marked the longest catch of his career (previous high was 32 yards in the regular-season finale at Texas). The reception came on third down and set up a 1-yard TD catch by sophomore Rodney Hall on a fourth and goal situation. The reception and TD catch were the first by Hall.
• Sophomore Jakeem Grant caught an 18-yard TD pass on Tech's second offensive possession to put the Red Raiders up 13-0 at the 6:27 mark of the second quarter. The TD reception was his sixth of the season.
• Junior receiver Bradley Marquez now has at least one catch in 29-of-31 career games. He caught his first TD pass in the second quarter to give Texas Tech a 20-6 lead at the 14:30 mark. The touchdown was his first since the Iowa State game back on Oct. 12.
• Grant hauled in his second touchdown catch of the night with 10:08 to go in the second quarter when he caught a 21-yard pass from Davis Webb. It marked his first career multiple touchdown game.
Reginald Davis' 90-yard kickoff return for touchdown was the third longest in Holiday Bowl history and the first of his career. The last time Tech returned a kickoff for a touchdown was in last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl when Jakeem Grant went 99 yards against Minnesota.
Ryan Bustin's 23-yard field goal gave Texas Tech a 37-20 lead with 5:28 to go in the third quarter. Bustin is now 13-for-13 this season from 20-29 yards out.
• Senior receiver Eric Ward ends his career with the second most receptions in school history. He ends his Red Raider career with 255 receptions and just missed surpassing Wes Welker who tallied 259 between 2000-03.

TEAM NOTES
• Texas Tech has now scored a touchdown on its opening drive in back-to-back bowl games. The Red Raiders scored a TD on its first drive in last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl and went on to defeat Minnesota 34-31.
• Texas Tech's opening touchdown extended the Red Raiders' school record consecutive game scoring streak to 207. Of those 207 games, Texas Tech has scored in double digits 193 times. The streak is currently the second longest active streak in the Big 12 behind Kansas State's 215 games.
• Texas Tech compiled 201 yards in the first quarter of tonight's game. The last time Tech rang up 200-plus yards in the first quarter of a bowl game, the Red Raiders were led by quarterback Kliff Kingsbury in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.
• Texas Tech compiled 347 yards of total offense in the first half of tonight's game which matches the 347 yards put up in the first half of the 2004 Holiday Bowl against California.
• Texas Tech's 14-point win is its largest margin of victory in a bowl game since defeating California in the 2004 Holiday Bowl.
• Freshman DB Justin Nelson recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter marking the first Tech freshman with an interception in a bowl game since 2002 (Vincent Meeks).

 

 

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