1979 Sun Bowl: Washington 14, Texas 7
In El Paso, the 11th-ranked Horns struggled to maintain offensive consistency and lost to No. 13 Washington 14-7.
On their first possession of the game, the Horns drove the length of the field to the Husky nine where it was first and goal. Three running plays brought the ball to the one for the fourth-and-goal, and UT quarterback Donnie Little ran the option right looking for the score. Little ran out of room, however, and was wrapped up by Greg Grimes for the one-yard loss and Texas came away scoreless.
The Washington defense made another big play eight downs later when Stafford Mays recovered a Texas fumble on the Longhorns 42. Moments later, facing a third-and-11 from the 18, Tom Flick found Paul Skansi in the right corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Huskies were back in business two plays later when they recovered an errant option pitch on the Texas 23. Willis Ray Mackey took it home from there, carrying four straight times and getting the score on a four-yard dash up the middle to extend the lead to 14-0.
Texas put its first points on the board when Little capped an 11-play, 43-yard drive with a five-yard toss to Brad Beck with 3:30 remaining in the half.
The second half was a defensive struggle and the game came down to UTís last possession, which began at the Husky 44 with 3:01 to play. The Longhorns managed one first down to the Washington 32 before the Husky pass rush took over, sending Texas back to its own 48 after four downs to secure the UW victory.
Texas held a decisive edge in rushing yards (233-129), total yards (236-164) and total plays (75-57), but its four turnovers were too much to overcome. Beck led the offense with 98 yards on 16 carries.