After closing out the 2013 regular season on a five-game losing skid, Texas Tech found redemption in the form of a 37-23 win over No. 14 Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury never managed to coax that elusive “perfect game” out his guys this year, but last night’s effort in San Diego came as close as any. Thanks mostly to true freshman quarterback Davis Webb and the Red Raider offense, Tech scored early and often in the first half.
After the unceremonious departure of Baker Mayfield during the break, Webb got the start over sophomore Michael Brewer and put on an absolute show. However, Kingsbury appeared to hold tryouts during the first half, substituting Brewer in for Webb on several plays. The night ultimately belonged to Webb though, as the freshman threw for 403 yards, four touchdowns and (most importantly) no interceptions on his way to earning Offensive MVP honors.
After receiving the ball to start the second half, the Sun Devil offense came to life and started pushing Tech’s much maligned defense around, eventually cutting the lead to seven. However, Tech’s floundering special teams earned some redemption as redshirt freshman receiver Reginald Davis took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the house, extending the lead back to two touchdowns, a margin ASU would never overcome.
It wasn’t Tech’s best offensive showing of the season, and the defensive only regained a glimmer of their early-season production. But when one side fell down the other picked up the slack. It was definitely a team win, and winning never felt so good.