Longhorns Burn the Sun Devils
by Mike Mitchell
December 28, 2007
Arizona State's five turnovers, and Texas RB Jamaal Charles' 161 yards and 2 TD's, helped the Longhorns roll to a 52-34 win.
The Sun Devils were gracious gift-givers at Christmastime as they coughed up two fumbles and 3 interceptions. It could have been worse but ASU managed to recover three more of its own fumbles.
Meanwhile, the ball seemed to bounce the right way all night for Colt McCoy and the Longhorns. The Texas quarterback fumbled four times, but Texas recovered three of them. McCoy's fumble into the end zone at the end of a 30-yard run was recovered by tight end Jermichael Finley giving the Longhorns a 35-13 lead in the third quarter.
Arizona State tried to rally, and even cut the lead to 45-34 with 3:42 to play. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Texas which promptly scored the game's final points three plays later on a 32-yard run by Charles.
Texas won its fourth straight bowl game while improving its over-all bowl record to 24-21-2. The postseason win streak is the longest for the Longhorns since they won five straight from 1963-1969.
Texas set school superlatives with four bowl wins in consecutive seasons, and ten straight bowl appearances. Longhorn head coach Mack Brown has appeared in 16 straight bowl games going back to his days with North Carolina.
The Sun Devils are now 12-11-1 in bowl games.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and both teams finished the season 10-3.