Longhorns Gore Sun Devils

Texas opens up playbook to trounce Arizona State
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 3:10 AM CST
Texas' coach Mack Brown holds the Holiday Bowl trophy after his team defeated Arizona State 52-34 in the 30th Holiday Bowl football game on Thursday Dec. 27, 2007 in San Diego. With coach Brown are Holiday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite some truly bizarre play, No.19 Texas had little difficulty dispatching No.11 ASU in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, 52-34, the Dallas Morning News reports. The play which will make all the highlight reels didn't even involve a player—Texas coach Mack Brown's stepson interfered with a ball off the sideline, ultimately leading to an Arizona State touchdown.

Despite competing hard in the second half after trailing 28-10, ASU had few solutions for the Longhorns' inventive play calling. The Sun Devils were also seriously hampered by turnovers, including two interceptions by QB Rudy Carpenter and a botched punt. The win earned the Texas seniors the distinction of being the first class to go 4-0 in Bowl games.