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Texas beats Sun Devils 52-34 in wacky Holiday Bowl

Texas beats Sun Devils 52-34 in wacky Holiday Bowl

A penalty against a University of Texas staff member for touching the ball could not stop the Longhorns beating Arizona State 52-34 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday.
Texas also overcame an error-prone performance by quarterback Colt McCoy _ who fumbled four times _ to defeat the Sun Devils.
McCoy threw for a touchdown, ran for another and fumbled into the end zone at the end of a 30-yard run, with tight end Jermichael Finley recovering for a score.
The Longhorns recovered two other fumbles by McCoy, with ASU getting one. Jamaal Charles carried 27 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns.
The 86 points were the fourth-most in the Holiday Bowl's 30-year history.
The wackiest play in a Bowl game that's had plenty of crazy ones over the years, belonged to Texas' Chris Jessie _ the stepson of head coach Mack Brown and a member of staff.
With the Longhorns leading 21-0 and the Sun Devils driving early in the second quarter, ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter was sacked by linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy and the ball went toward the Longhorns' sideline.
Jessie stepped about a yard onto the field and was motioning toward a player when he reached down and appeared to touch the ball. Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller slapped the ball away from the sideline and defensive end Aaron Lewis recovered around midfield.
After review, officials ruled that Jessie touched the ball, which is an unsportsmanlike act. Texas was penalized half the distance to the goal, giving the Sun Devils fourth-and-3 at the 7 yard line. Carpenter then threw a touchdown pass to Chris McGaha.
The gaffe didn't end up costing the Longhorns, other than some embarrassment.


Updated : 2021-06-24 10:56 GMT+08:00