Dec. 29, 2012
Box Score |
NR/25 Texas 31, 15/14 Oregon State 27
Valero Alamo Bowl Postgame Notes
Dec. 29, 2012
• The Series: Texas improved to 3-0 in the all-time series with tonight's 31-27 victory. The Longhorns downed the Beavers, 35-0, in 1980 in Austin. Seven years later, the teams met again in Austin, with Texas posting a 61-16 victory.
• Bowl Success: Texas played in its 14th bowl game in Mack Brown's 15 years. The Horns have won nine of their last 11 bowls and have a 10-4 record under Brown. In the 15 years prior to Brown's arrival, Texas went to eight bowls and was 2-6. Brown is the first UT coach since Darrell Royal, who was 8-7-1 in bowl games, to post a .500 or better bowl record. Brown has directed his teams to 20 bowls in the last 21 seasons, which is tied for the longest active streak in the nation with Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech.
• Comebacks Under Brown: During Mack Brown's 15 seasons at Texas, the Horns have registered 28 second-half comebacks, including 17 fourth-quarter comebacks. This is the Horns third comeback victory of the season. They trailed twice in the fourth quarter (33-28 & 36-34) of the Oklahoma State game before rallying. Texas also overcame a 17-14 deficit at Kansas to win 21-17.
• Second-Half Adjustments: Texas held the Oregon State offense to 69 total yards in the second half. The Beavers averaged just 2.46 yards per play over the final 30 minutes of action. OSU managed minus 4 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter. Conversely, the Longhorn offense posted 235 total yards in the second half on 38 plays (6.2 yards per play).
• Forcing Turnovers: Texas forced three turnovers in the game and scored 10 points off those miscues. On the season, the Longhorns outscored the opposition 93-45 off turnovers.
• Breaking up is Hard to Do: Texas had four pass breakups in the game, including two by Kenny Vaccaro. It marked the third time this season the Longhorns posted four or more in one game.
• Sack Attack: Texas posted a season-high 10 sacks in the game, including a career-best 4.5 from Alex Okafor. It marked the most sacks by the Longhorns since 1981 when they posted 15 vs. Texas Tech (Oct. 31). The 10 sacks also set a bowl record (previous record: five by four teams).
• Against Ranked Teams: Texas improved to 3-3 in games this season vs. top 25 teams. The Horns defeated Oklahoma State (No. 22 in USA Today Coaches poll) and Texas Tech (No. 20 in both polls). The Longhorns lost to West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kansas State, all top 10 teams.
MACK BROWN ERA MARKS
• 37-29_____ vs. top 25 teams
• 10-4______ in bowl games
• 123-7_____ when outrushing an opponent
• 110-28____ when passing for 200+ yards
• 142-20____ when scoring more than 20 points
• 91-5______ when winning the turnover margin
David Ash, QB
• Completed 21 of 33 passes for 241 yards. He ended the year with 2,699 passing yards which ranks eighth on the school's single-season list. He also moved from ninth to the eighth on the career passing yards chart (3,778), moving past Shea Morenz (3,774/1993-94).
• He threw two touchdown passes and now has 23 in his career. He moved from 10th to ninth on the UT career list, passing Bret Stafford (22/1985-87).
Quandre Diggs, CB
• Had his team-high fourth interception in the third quarter which set up a UT touchdown.
Peter Jinkens, LB
• Started his third career game and picked off his first career pass on the opening play of the game. He was credited with a career-high tying eight tackles.
Marquise Goodwin, WR
• His 64-yard second quarter TD run was his third play of 55 or more yards this season. It was also the third-longest rush in Alamo Bowl history. He had a 69-yard TD run and 55-yard TD reception in the Ole Miss game. He added a 36-yard TD reception which was the game-winner.
• Had a team-high 132 all-purpose yards.
Johnathan Gray, RB
• His 15-yard fourth quarter TD catch was his first TD reception of his career. He posted a total of two catches for 27 yards this game.
D.J. Monroe, RB/KR
• He finished second in UT history with 68 career kickoff returns, just five behind leader, Quan Cosby (73/2005-08). He also finished second with 1,685 career return yards. He was 46 yards short of tying the leader, Quan Cosby (1,731/2005-08).
Alex Okafor, DE
• Recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks and ended the year with 12.5, which was the most in one season since Tony DeGrate in 1984 (13). It also ranks No. 8 on the UT single-season list. Okafor is just the fifth UT player with double-digit sacks in the last 13 years. Sam Acho had 10 in 2009. Brian Orakpo had 11.5 in 2008 and Sergio Kindle had 10.0 in the same season. Tim Crowder had 10.5 in 2006.
• The 4.5 sacks is tied for the second most in an FBS game this season and it set an Alamo Bowl record. Purdue’s Chike Okeafor had 3.5 against Kansas State in the 1998 Alamo Bowl. It was also tied for the third-highest total in a bowl game. The record is 6 by Shay Muirbrook of BYU in the 1997 Cotton Bowl against Kansas State.
• Also registered a career-high 5.0 tackles for loss in the game.
• Recorded his fourth forced fumble of the season which leads the team and ties for the lead in the Big 12.