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Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter
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Posted Dec 18, 2007


Holiday Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More



Texas A&M (9-3) vs. California (9-3)

Dec. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Holiday Bowl History
2006 California 45, Texas A&M 10
2005 Oklahoma 17, Oregon 14
2004 Texas Tech 45, California 31
2003 Washington State 28, Texas 20
2002 Kansas St 34, Arizona State 27
2001 Texas 47, Washington 43
2000 Oregon 35, Texas 30
1999 Kansas State 24, Washington 20
1998 Arizona 23, Nebraska 20
1997 Colorado St. 35, Missouri 24
1996 Colorado 33, Washington 21
1995 Kansas St. 54, Colorado St. 21
1994 Michigan 24, Colorado St. 14
1993 Ohio State 28, BYU 21
1992 Hawaii 27, Illinois 17
1991 BYU 13, Iowa 13
1990 Texas A&M 65, BYU 14
1989 Penn State 50, BYU 39
1988 Oklahoma St 62, Wyoming 14
1987 Iowa 20, Wyoming 19
1986 Iowa 39, San Diego State 38
1985 Arkansas 18, Arizona State 17
1984 BYU 24, Michigan 17
1983 BYU 21, Missouri 17
1982 Ohio State 47, BYU 17
1981 BYU 38, Washington State 36
1980 BYU 46, SMU 45
1979 Indiana 38, BYU 37
1978 Navy 23, BYU 16

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Sun Devil Bowl Moment: Best Sun Devil Bowl Moment – While the Sun Devils’ 1975 Fiesta Bowl win over Nebraska put the school on the national radar, Pac-10 teams are judged by how they perform in Pasadena.  Arizona State’s only Rose Bowl victory came in 1987 at the expense of Michigan.  The Sun Devils shut out the Wolverines in the second half, getting a pair of Jeff Van Raaphorst to Bruce Hill touchdown passes to pick up win No. 10 of the season.

Best Longhorn Bowl Moment: Best Longhorn Bowl Moment – With all due respect to its last two thrilling comeback wins over USC and Michigan in the Rose Bowl, nothing defines the Texas bowl experience more than the Cotton Bowl, home to almost half of the program’s 46 bowl destinations.  Arguably the most rewarding of those trips to Dallas was in 1970, when the ‘Horns came from behind twice in the fourth quarter to beat a Notre Dame team that was ending a 44-year self-imposed bowl-moratorium.  The win, No. 500 in school history, cemented UT’s second national title.

Arizona State's best win ... Arizona State 44 ... Oregon State 32
Arizona State ripped off 31 straight points in the second half to overcome a rough first quarter, as Ryan Torain scored on two Rudy Carpenter passes to go along with a 41-yard dash. Oregon State got up 19-0, starting of with a safety off a bad snap before Howard Croom caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, and Yvenson Bernard ran for a one-yard score. And then the ASU passing game kicked in, as Carpenter connected with Michael Jones for a 64-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and again late in the third quarter from 43 yards out. The Sun Devil defense also did its part with five interceptions, with Robert James and Troy Nolan picking off OSU QB Sean Canfield twice.
Player of the game: Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter completed 25 of 36 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Arizona State - Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 25-36, 361 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ryan Torain, 26-91, 1 TD. Receiving: Rudy Burgess, 6-38
Oregon State - Passing: Sean Canfield, 28-48, 324 yds, 2 TD, 5 INT
Rushing:
Yvenson Bernard, 24-128, 1 TD. Receiving: Sammie Stroughter, 6-102

Arizona State's worst loss ... Oregon 35 ... Arizona State 23
Dennis Dixon threw four touchdown passes including strikes of 26 and 27 yards to Jaison Williams in the first half. Jonathan Stewart caught a 13-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 33-yard score to keep the Ducks ahead, but the Sun Devils kept pressing with Rudy Carpenter throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jones, and an 11-yard score to Brent Miller. But ASU blew two key scoring chances, with Carpenter throwing an interception in the end zone and a Tyrice Thompson fumble off a long pass all but sealing the Duck win. The Sun Devils outgained the Ducks 489 yards to 400.
Player of the game: Oregon DE Nick Reed made 11 tackles with 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Oregon - Passing: Dennis Dixon, 13-22, 189 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Jonathan Stewart, 21-99, 1 TD. Receiving: Jaison Williams, 5-106, 2 TD
Arizona State - Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 22-36, 379 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Keegan Herring, 12-83. Receiving: Brent Miller, 6-45, 1 TD


Texas' best win ...
Texas 59 ... Texas Tech 43
Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores, Texas outgained Texas Tech 551 yards to 476, and held on to the ball for 40:12, but it needed two onside kicks and to keep the pressure on offensively to overcome 466 passing yards and five passing touchdowns from Graham Harrell. The Texas Tech quarterback connected with Michael Crabtree from 26 and 69 yards out as part of a 23-point fourth quarter, but the Longhorns cranked out 24 in the final frame with McCoy connecting with Nate Jones from 34 yards out and Quan Cosby from 14 yards out, and ran for a 22-yard score. The Longhorns outgained the Red Raiders 283 yards to ten on the ground.
Player of the game: Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 21 of 30 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, and ran 11 times for 51 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 21-30, 268 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jamaal Charles, 23-174, 1 TD. Receiving: Quan Cosby, 8-94, 2 TD
Texas Tech - Passing: Graham Harrell, 36-48, 466 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Edward Britton, 1-9. Receiving: Michael Crabtree, 9-195, 2 TD

Texas' worst loss ...
Kansas State 41 ... Texas 21
Special teams and defense helped Kansas State blow past Texas, with Ian Campbell taking an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, James Johnson returning a kickoff 85 yards for a score, and Jordy Nelson bringing back a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. Texas appeared to overcome early problems with a six-yard Jamaal Charles touchdown run in the third quarter pulling the Longhorns within three, but KSU scored the final 17 points of the game helped by a two-yard Johnson touchdown. The Wildcat offense only gained 272 yards, but the defense came up with four interceptions and held Texas to 330 yards.
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 22-38, 177 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: James Johnson, 19-77, 1 TD. Receiving: Jordy Nelson, 12-116, 1 TD
Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 19-39, 20 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Rushing:
Jamaal Charles, 17-72, 1 TD. Receiving: Jermichael Finley, 4-51

2006 Holiday Bowl
California 45 ... Texas A&M 10

California dominated, but it wasn't with its normal flash and dash. The ground game pounded out 241 yards averaging 7.5 yards per carry while running away with the second half scoring 31 unanswered points. Up 14-10 after halftime, the Bears got a Marshawn Lynch's second touchdown run of the day and a four-yard scoring catch from Lavelle Hawkins on fourth down to go up 28-10 into the fourth. Texas A&M, taken out of its normal offense playing in catchup mode, struggled to move the ball while the defense couldn't stop anything the Bears wanted to do. Justin Forsett and Bryan Schutte added late touchdown runs, while Nate Longshore ran for a one-yard score in the first quarter to go along with his touchdown pass. A&M started off the scoring with a 19-yard catch from Chad Schroeder, but only managed a 32-yard Matt Szymanski field goal the rest of the way.
Player of the game ... California's offensive line, tackles Andrew Cameron and Mike Gibson, guards Erik Robertson and Noris Malele and center Alex Mack for paving the way for 241 rushing yards and not allowing a sack.
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 17-26, 177 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Mike Goodson, 13-62. Receiving: L'Tydrick Riley, 4-52
California - Passing: Nate Longshore, 19-24, 235 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Justin Forsett, 8-124, 1 TD  Receiving: DeSean Jackson, 5-81


Texas Bowl History (23-21-2)
2006 Alamo Texas 26, Iowa 24
2005 Rose Texas 41, USC 38
2004 Rose Texas 38, Michigan 37
2003 Holiday Washington St 28, Texas 20
2003 Cotton Texas 35, LSU 20
2001 Holiday Texas 47, Washington 43
2000 Holiday Oregon 35, Texas 30
1999 Cotton Arkansas 27, Texas 6
1998 Cotton Texas 38, Miss State 11
1996 Fiesta Penn State 38, Texas 15
1995 Sugar Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1994 Sun Texas 35, North Carolina 31
1990 Cotton Miami 46, Texas 3
1987 Bluebonnet Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
1985 Bluebonnet Air Force 24, Texas 16
1984 Freedom Iowa 55, Texas 17
1983 Cotton Georgia 10, Texas 9
1982 Sun North Carolina 26, Texas 10
1981 Cotton Texas 14, Alabama 12
1980 Bluebonnet North Carolina 16, Texas 7
1979 Sun Washington 14, Texas 7
1978 Sun Texas 42, Maryland 0
1977 Cotton Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1975 Bluebonnet Texas 38, Colorado 21
1974 Gator Auburn 27, Texas 3
1973 Cotton Nebraska 19, Texas 3
1972 Cotton Texas 17, Alabama 13
1971 Cotton Penn State 30, Texas 6
1970 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1969 Cotton Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1968 Cotton Texas 36, Tennessee 13
1966 Bluebonnet Texas 19, Mississippi 0
1964 Orange Texas 21, Alabama 17
1963 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1962 Cotton LSU 13, Texas 0
1961 Cotton Texas 12, Mississippi 7
1960 Bluebonnet Texas 3, Alabama 3 
1959 Cotton Syracuse 23, Texas 14
1957 Sugar Mississippi 39, Texas 7
1952 Cotton Texas 16, Tennessee 0
1950 Cotton Tennessee 20, Texas 14
1948 Orange Texas 41, Georgia 28
1947 Sugar Texas 27, Alabama 7
1945 Cotton Texas 40, Missouri 27
1943 Cotton Texas 7, Randolph Field 7 
1942 Cotton Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
Arizona State Bowl History (12-10-1)
2006 Hawaii Hawaii 41, Arizona St 24
2005 Insight Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40
2004 Sun Arizona State 27, Purdue 23
2002 Holiday Kansas State 34, Arizona State 27
2000 Aloha Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
1999 Aloha Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
1997 Sun Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
1996 Rose Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
1987 Freedom Arizona State 33, Air Force 28
1986 Rose Arizona State 22, Michigan 15
1985 Holiday Arkansas 18, Arizona State 17
1982 Fiesta Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
1978 Garden State Arizona State 34, Rutgers 18
1977 Fiesta Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1975 Fiesta Arizona State 17, Nebraska 14
1973 Fiesta Arizona State 28, Pittsburgh 7
1972 Fiesta Arizona State 49, Missouri 35
1971 Fiesta Arizona State 45, Florida State 38
1970 Peach Arizona State 48, North Carolina 26
1950 Salad Miami (Ohio) 34, Arizona State 21
1949 Salad Xavier 33, Arizona State 21
1940 Sun Case Western Reserve 26, Arizona State 13
1939 Sun Arizona State 0, Catholic 0

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