Arizona State to face Texas Tech in Holiday Bowl

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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.

footballThe Sun Devils were ranked 16th in the Associated Press media poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, both released today. The Red Raiders are unranked and have lost five consecutive games.

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.

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