Davis Webb throws four touchdown passes at Texas Tech stuns Arizona State
Red Raiders jump out to commanding lead early in Holiday Bowl
The Associated Press and The Arizona Republic
SAN DIEGO — Freshman quarterback Davis Webb threw for 403 yards and tied the Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Webb tied the record set by Brigham Young’s Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State’s Brian Kavanagh in 1995 and then Texas’ Major Applewhite in 2001.
The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (10-4) lost its second consecutive game.
Webb completed 28 of 41 passes.
He threw touchdown passes of 18 and 21 yards to Jakeem Grant, 1 yard to Rodney Hall and 23 yards to Bradley Marquez, all in the first half.
After losing their final five games by an average of 20.6 points, the Red Raiders scored on four of their first five drives to take a 27-6 lead five minutes into the second quarter.
Texas Tech all-America tight end Jace Amaro had eight catches for 112 yards. He set the FBS season record for yards receiving by a tight end with 1,352.
The Sun Devils, coming off a 38-14 defeat against Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, were held 18 points below their average. They dropped to 0-4 in the Holiday Bowl dating to 1985.
While Texas Tech was finding the end zone early on, Arizona State had to settle for field goals of 44 and 31 yards by Zane Gonzalez.
For Arizona State, perhaps it was the disappointment of not making the Rose Bowl, coming so close only to lose in the Pac-12 championship game. Perhaps it was the loss of Marion Grice, one of college football’s top playmakers.
Or maybe it was simply overlooking what appeared to be an inferior opponent. Texas Tech, after all, entered without a victory since before Halloween.
Whatever the reason, Arizona State clearly lacked something against the Red Raiders. Wasted was an opportunity to post an 11th victory for just the sixth time in program history. Shortly after the Pac-12 title loss to Stanford, ASU made that its goal.
It sounded good, but it carried little weight. The Sun Devils were never in the game in the first half, certainly not physically and maybe not mentally. They had some obstacles. Grice, out with a foot injury, missed his third consecutive game. ASU also played without senior defensive tackle Davon Coleman, who tied for the team lead in quarterback sacks, because of a violation of team policy.
The Sun Devils got their first touchdown when D.J. Foster scored on a 20-yard run with 7:52 left in the second quarter to close the gap to 27-13.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly scored on a 44-yard run early in the third, but Reginald Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to extend the Red Raiders’ lead to 34-20.
Kelly gained 135 yards on 25 carries but threw for only 125 yards, going 16 of 29. He was sacked three times. Foster gained 132 yards on 20 carries.
Arizona State’s Richard Smith couldn’t hold onto a 50-yard pass as he tumbled into the end zone with 9:50 left and the Sun Devils trailing by 14.