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(11) Arizona State 34, (19) Texas 52

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#11 ASU (10-3) 0 10 10 14 34
#19 TEX (10-3) 21 7 7 17 52


8:00 PM ET, December 27, 2007
Qualcomm Stadium,
San Diego, CA

McCoy fumbles four times, but Texas still routs Arizona State in Holiday Bowl

Odd Mishap Doesn't Cost Longhorns the Holiday Bowl
Bowl Overview
It was over when... Tight end Jermichael Finley fell on quarterback Colt McCoy's fumble in the end zone to give Texas a 35-13 lead late in the third quarter.
Gameball goes to... Texas' rushing offense, defense. The Horns pounded out 306 yards on the ground and held the Sun Devils to 22 rushing yards.
Stat of the game... 10. The Longhorns have won 10 or more games in seven straight seasons, which is the third-longest streak in major-college history.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs2327
Total Yards327474
3rd Down Conversions5-148-19
4th Down Conversions2-31-2
Individual Leaders
Arizona State Passing
Texas Passing
Arizona State Rushing
Texas Rushing
Arizona State Receiving
Texas Receiving
Scoring Summary
TD13:39Derek Lokey 2 Yd Pass From Colt Mccoy (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 49 yds, 1:21
TD07:08John Chiles 4 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 57 yds, :13
TD01:30Jamaal Charles 15 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 71 yds, :30
TD12:36Chris Mcgaha 7 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:54
TD04:43Colt Mccoy 9 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yds, 4:09
FG00:35Thomas Weber 32 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 9 yds, :17
FG11:49Thomas Weber 46 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 38 yds, 3:11
TD03:33Jermichael Finley Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 32 yds, :53
TD02:49Michael Jones 22 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 50 yds, :44
FG12:55Ryan Bailey 21 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 77 yds, 4:54
TD11:03Vondrell Mcgee 28 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 39 yds, 1:24
TD08:55Michael Jones 10 Yd Pass From Danny Sullivan (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 78 yds, 2:08
TD03:42Jarrell Woods 3 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 1:35
TD02:24Jamaal Charles 32 Yd Run (Ryan Bailey Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 44 yds, 1:18

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- As wacky plays go, this one certainly earned a spot in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl lore.

What made it downright bizarre is that the central character wasn't a player.

Texas fans will remember Colt McCoy leading the No. 19 Longhorns (No. 17 AP) to a 52-34 win Thursday night over the Arizona State Sun Devils (No. 11 BCS, No. 12 AP) in the first meeting between the schools and their successful coaches.

No one will forget Chris Jessie, the stepson of Texas coach Mack Brown, inadvertently becoming part of the game.

With the Longhorns leading 21-0 and the Sun Devils driving early in the second quarter, ASU's Rudy Carpenter dropped back to pass and was hit by linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy. The ball squirted backward, toward the Longhorns' sideline.

Ten for Texas
Mack Brown
Beating Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl gave Mack Brown and his Longhorns their seventh straight 10-win season. Texas' run is now third in FBS (formerly Div. I-A) history.

Streak School Years
14 Florida St. 1987-00
8 Miami (FL) 1985-92
7 * Texas 2001-06
6 ** USC 2002-07
6 Florida 1993-98
* Active streak
** USC's streak has already been updated for the 2007 season.

Jessie, a member of his stepfather's football operations staff, stepped about a yard onto the field and was motioning toward a player when he reached down and appeared to touch the ball with his left thumb. Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller slapped the ball away from the sideline and defensive end Aaron Lewis recovered and returned it to about the ASU 44.

After a 12-minute review, officials reversed the play. They ruled that Jessie touched the ball, which is illegal interference, an unsportsmanlike foul. The ball reverted to the Sun Devils and Texas was penalized half the distance to the goal, giving ASU fourth-and-3 at the 7. Carpenter threw a touchdown pass to Chris McGaha.

Feldman: Horns Dominate
Not even one more crazy play in the Holiday Bowl could slow down highly-motivated Texas against Arizona State, Bruce Feldman writes. Story

"It was just natural instinct," Jessie said. "I thought it was a forward pass. I was looking at the ball being thrown and I was waiting for a grounding penalty. When I realized the ball was in play, I jumped back."

The gaffe didn't end up costing the Longhorns (10-3), other than some embarrassment.

"I didn't touch it, I didn't touch it," Jessie said. "The focus shouldn't be on me. That was a great game."

He said his stepfather told him "not to worry about it, the guys would pull it out."

Brown joked about it afterward.

"I was standing there. I didn't think he touched it, but it just shows you how badly our family wanted to win the game. He even got involved," Brown said.

"That's the most unusual play I've ever seen in college football," ASU coach Dennis Erickson said. "I was talking to the official and I said, in my 35 or 40 years -- it feels like 50 right now -- however many years I've coached, I've never seen anything like that."

The 86 points were the fourth-most in the Holiday Bowl's 30-year history, which is full of crazy plays and wild finishes.

Texas set team records for points in a bowl game and with its fourth straight postseason win.

McCoy led the way for the Longhorns, throwing for a touchdown, running for another and fumbling into the end zone at the end of a 30-yard run, with tight end Jermichael Finley recovering for a score.

McCoy fumbled four times. The Longhorns recovered three and ASU got the other one.

Jamaal Charles carried 27 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns.

Brown and Erickson have been friends for years, but had never coached against each other. Erickson won two national championships at Miami and Brown coached Texas to the national title two years ago.

ASU (10-3) committed five turnovers, with Carpenter throwing two interceptions before leaving the game in the fourth quarter.

Carpenter had a horrible night, going 18-of-32 for 187 yards. He was sacked four times.

"I just couldn't step into my throws," Carpenter said. "They were bringing a lot of pressure and they were bringing heat. Sometimes I was trying to make some throws off my back foot and the ball is going to sail on you."

Texas cornerback Brandon Foster had a monster game, with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a tipped pass that was picked off by teammate Marcus Griffin.

McCoy was 21-of-31 passing for 174 yards, and carried 16 times for 84 yards.

The Longhorns raced to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, including the fastest score in Holiday Bowl history. McCoy threw a 2-yard TD pass to Derek Lokey just 1:21 in. John Chiles scored on a 4-yard run, and Charles had a 15-yard scoring run.

"When you play a team like Texas, they're too good to get in that type of deficit," Carpenter said.

After ASU's score following the bizarre play, McCoy added a 9-yard TD run.

It looked like he was going to score again in the third quarter when he went zigzagging through ASU's defense. But he fumbled as he was tackled at the 3 and the ball rolled into the end zone. Finley was the third player into the pile and ended up with the ball and the TD.

Vondrell McGee scored on a 28-yard run for Texas in the fourth quarter, and Charles added a 32-yard score.

College Football Scores

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Today's Games
Alabama 30 Final
Colorado 24
Thursday, December 20th
Utah 35 Final
Navy 32
Friday, December 21st
Memphis 27 Final
Florida Atlantic 44
Saturday, December 22nd
UCLA 16 Final
17 Brigham Young 17
Southern Miss 21 Final
22 Cincinnati 31
Nevada 0 Final
New Mexico 23
Sunday, December 23rd
24 Boise State 38 Final
East Carolina 41
Wednesday, December 26th
Purdue 51 Final
Central Michigan 48
Thursday, December 27th
11 Arizona State 34 Final
19 Texas 52
Friday, December 28th
14 Boston College 24 Final
Michigan State 21
TCU 20 Final
Houston 13
Maryland 14 Final
Oregon State 21
Saturday, December 29th
25 Connecticut 10 Final
Wake Forest 24
UCF 3 Final
Mississippi State 10
Penn State 24 Final
Texas A&M; 17
Monday, December 31st
15 Clemson 7:30
23 Auburn PM ET
21 South Florida 2:00
Oregon PM ET
California 12:30
Air Force PM ET
Georgia Tech 2:00
Fresno State PM ET
Kentucky 4:00
Florida State PM ET
Indiana 5:30
Oklahoma State PM ET
Tuesday, January 1st
10 Hawaii 8:30
5 Georgia PM ET
6 Missouri 11:30
Arkansas AM ET
13 Illinois 4:30
Michigan 1:00
12 Florida PM ET
16 Wisconsin 11:00
18 Tennessee AM ET
Texas Tech 1:00
20 Virginia PM ET
Wednesday, January 2nd
9 West Virginia 8:00
4 Oklahoma PM ET
Thursday, January 3rd
8 Kansas 8:00
3 Virginia Tech PM ET
Saturday, January 5th
Rutgers 12:00
Ball State PM ET
Sunday, January 6th
Bowling Green 8:00
Tulsa PM ET
Monday, January 7th
2 LSU 8:00
1 Ohio State PM ET