Just when it looked like No. 14 Arizona State was starting to mount a comeback, Reginald Davis turned the tide. The Texas Tech receiver returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score to give Texas Tech a two-touchdown lead they would never relinquish in a 37-23 victory over the Sun Devils at the National University Holiday Holiday Bowl on Monday night in San Diego.
Texas Tech controlled the game from start-to-finish through the air. As is the Red Raiders' M.O., it was an aerial assault pacing the offense. Quarterback Davis Webb threw for 403 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers, led by Jace Amaro, who hauled in eight passes. Jakeem Grant added two touchdowns.
Arizona State was plagued by missed opportunities. On a first half drive, the Sun Devils had the ball at the 1-yard line but failed to punch it in. Kicker Zane Gonzalez proceeded to miss the ensuing field goal. In the fourth quarter, quarterback Taylor Kelly hit wide open receiver Rick Smith with a perfect pass in the end zone, but Smith dropped the ball. It wasn't the Sun Devils' night.
Box Score Hero: Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb: 403 yards and four touchdowns on 28-of-41 passing.
Texas Tech wide receiver Jace Amaro: eight receptions for 112 yards.
Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant: six receptions for 89 yards.Texas
Rankings Ramifications: ASU came into the game ranked No. 14, but they sure didn't play like it. The loss will surely drop them a couple of rungs in the final top-25 poll of the season. And while it was a really impressive performance from the Red Raiders, it likely won't be enough to get them back into the rankings.
But Did They Cover? Arizona State came in as a 17-point favorite. They did not cover.
For More On This Game: For more on ASU football, visit Arizona State community House Of Sparky, plus Pac-12 community Pacific Takes. For more on Red Raiders football, visit Texas Tech community Viva the Matadors.