SAN DIEGO — Arizona State will play Texas Tech in the 36th annual Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in a matchup of powerful offenses, organizers announced Sunday.
Arizona State (10-3) is ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 41 points per game. Texas Tech (7-5) is second in passing offense, averaging 392 yards per game.
Arizona State had a seven-game winning streak snapped in its 38-14 loss to Stanford Saturday in the Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game, its second loss of the season to the Cardinal. Its other loss was to Notre Dame, 37-34, Oct. 5.
Arizona State is making its fourth appearance in the Holiday Bowl and first since the 2007 game when it lost to Texas, 52-34. The Sun Devils are 0-3 in the Holiday Bowl.
Texas Tech’s only other Holiday Bowl appearance came in 2004 when it upset California, 45-31. Sonny Cumbie was named as the game’s MVP, completing 39 of 60 passes for three touchdowns a game-record 520 yards.
Cumbie is now the Red Raiders co-offensive coordinator. Two of his teammates from the 2004 team are also on Texas Tech’s coaching staff — co- defensive coordinator Mike Smith and safeties coach Trey Haverty.
The Holiday Bowl has the second choice among Pacific-12 Conference teams and fourth choice from the 10-team Big 12 Conference after the conference champions and any additional teams are chosen to play in Bowl Championship Series games.