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Ash And Okafor Lead Longhorns To Alamo Bowl Win
December 29, 2012
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3 7 7 14 31
10 10 7 0 27
 Quick Stats TEXAS ORST
First Downs 16 21
Passing Yards 241 194
Rushing Yards 117 103
Penalties-Yards 9-78 2-10
3rd Down Conversions 5-16 3-11
4th Down Conversions 1-2 0-2
Punts-Avg 5-45.4 4-40.0
Turnovers 1 3
Time of Possession 28:58 31:02
 
 Statistical Leaders
Passing C-Att Yds TD Int
 Ash (UT) 21-33 241 2 1
 Vaz (ORST) 15-28 194 0 2
Rushing Car Yds TD Long
 Goodwin (UT) 1 64 1 64
 Woods (ORST) 21 118 2 19
Receiving Rec Yds TD Long
 Shipley (UT) 8 88 0 20
 Hamlet (ORST) 5 70 0 22
 
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - David Ash wasn't sure he would start the Alamo Bowl. No one will remember after the way he finished Texas' rocky season with a validating and dazzling victory.

The sophomore threw a 36-yard touchdown strike to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left for the last of two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, stunning No. 15 Oregon State and lifting the Longhorns to a 31-27 comeback victory Saturday night.

The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodwin scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, just a down after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive.

"I guess in in every situation you have to be thankful," said Ash, who was pulled in a loss to TCU a month ago and wasn't immediately selected the starter for the Alamo Bowl. "I learned a lot at TCU. It was a tough situation I was in. I was just really thankful I got another opportunity to play a game I love."

With Texas down 20-10 at halftime, Longhorns coach Mack Brown said he told his players they would win.

"I told them this it wasn't going to be easy, but I told them this game was ours and we would win it," Brown said. "This one is really special."

Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Beavers (9-4), who left stunned after looking as though they would wrap up their first 10-win season since 2006.

"Not to take anything away from Texas, that was a great team offensively and defensively," Wood said. "In the first half we had a great style of football. In the second half, Texas made some adjustments and I guess, they just wanted it more."

The victory was a dose of much-needed good news for Texas after coming into the game under a cloud of questions following the suspensions of backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks.

Ash, whose been pulled at times for McCoy this season, was 21 of 33 for 241 yards. Ash sputtered until the fourth quarter, when he went 9 for 11 for 146 yards. Even if there were doubts about Ash before then, Texas had no choice but to stick with him: the only backups were two redshirt freshmen who haven't taken a snap all season.

Brown announced the suspensions Friday but wouldn't reveal which players were sent home. A person with knowledge of the suspensions told The Associated Press the players were McCoy and Hicks, speaking on condition of anonymity because Texas wasn't releasing the names.

Brown addressed the suspensions during a previously schedule news conference and referred to a local TV report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel. Police released a heavily redacted incident report that only identifies the suspects as two students, one 20 and the other 21.

Authorities are still investigating and no charges have been filed.

Brown said he would not address the suspensions further.

Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz was 15 of 28 for 194 yards and two interceptions. The Beavers had negative 4 yards in the fourth quarter as they were muffled by the Longhorns defense that was led by Alex Okafor, who finished with 4 1/2 sacks.

"When we tried to just drop back and pass, it was difficult," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "That's why Cody had to just hang in there. It was very, very tough. He made some plays and some other plays didn't develop because he didn't just have time."

Although Goodwin's touchdown catch might have won the game, two spectacular Texas plays in an earlier 83-yard scoring drive handed the Longhorns momentum - and a chance.

First was wide receiver Jaxon Shipley rescuing a pass sailing behind him with a dazzling one-handed grab at midfield. Ash made up for that off-target throw six plays later, slithering out of safety Anthony Watkins' near-certain sack and flinging the ball to Johnathan Gray, who then zipped down the sideline for a 15-yard scoring play that got the Longhorns to 27-24

The Longhorns played for a national championship in 2009. What's followed has been the shakiest of Brown's 15 years at Texas: a combined 22-16 record, an overhaul of assistant coaches and stubborn instability at quarterback following seven spoiled years with Heisman Trophy finalists Colt McCoy - the suspended player's brother - and Vince Young under center.

A surge of four consecutive victories late this season put this nine-win season in reach - a benchmark that had been the ho-hum standard of the Brown era. It comes following an unexpected twist earlier this month, when school President Bill Powers went to his blog to write that Brown had his "full support" and would remain the head coach.

Powers cited an increase an "increase in media speculation" about Brown's future. It was published on his blog the same day Brown would not yet commit to Ash or Case McCoy as his starting quarterback for the Alamo Bowl.

Texas Bowl History (Record 27-22-2)
Dec. 29, 2012 Alamo Bowl-Texas 31, Oregon State 27
Dec. 28, 2011 Holiday Bowl-Texas 21, California 10
Jan. 7, 2010 BCS Championship-Alabama 37, Texas 21
Jan. 5, 2009 Fiesta Bowl-Texas 24, Ohio State 21
Dec. 27, 2007 Holiday Bowl-Texas 52, Arizona State 34
Dec. 30, 2006 Alamo Bowl-Texas 26, Iowa 24
Jan. 4, 2006 Rose Bowl-Texas 41, Southern Cal 38
Jan. 1, 2005 Rose Bowl-Texas 38, Michigan 37
Dec. 30, 2003 Holiday Bowl-Washington State 28, Texas 20
Jan. 1, 2003 Cotton Bowl-Texas 35, LSU 20
Dec. 28, 2001 Holiday Bowl-Texas 47, Washington 43
Dec. 29, 2000 Holiday Bowl-Oregon 35, Texas 30
Jan. 1, 2000 Cotton Bowl-Arkansas 27, Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1999 Cotton Bowl-Texas 38, Mississippi State 11
Jan. 1, 1997 Fiesta Bowl-Penn State 38, Texas 15
Dec. 31, 1995 Sugar Bowl-Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
Dec. 30, 1994 Sun Bowl-Texas 35, North Carolina 31
Jan. 1, 1991 Cotton Bowl-Miami 46, Texas 3
Dec. 31, 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
Dec. 31, 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl-Air Force 24, Texas 16
Dec. 26, 1984 Freedom Bowl-Iowa 55, Texas 17
Jan. 2, 1984 Cotton Bowl-Georgia 10, Texas 9
Dec. 25, 1982 Sun Bowl-North Carolina 26, Texas 10
Jan. 1, 1982 Cotton Bowl-Texas 14, Alabama 12
Dec. 31, 1980 Bluebonnet Bowl-North Carolina 16, Texas 7
Dec. 22, 1979 Sun Bowl-Washington 14, Texas 7
Dec. 23, 1978 Sun Bowl-Texas 42, Maryland 0
Jan. 2, 1978 Cotton Bowl-Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
Dec. 27, 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 38, Colorado 21
Dec. 30, 1974 Gator Bowl-Auburn 27, Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl-Nebraska 19, Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1973 Cotton Bowl-Texas 17, Alabama 13
Jan. 1, 1972 Cotton Bowl-Penn State 30, Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1971 Cotton Bowl-Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
Jan. 1, 1970 Cotton Bowl-Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
Jan. 1, 1969 Cotton Bowl-Texas 36, Tennessee 13
Dec. 17, 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 19, Mississippi 0
Jan. 1, 1965 Orange Bowl-Texas 21, Alabama 17
Jan. 1, 1964 Cotton Bowl-Texas 28, Navy 6
Jan. 1, 1963 Cotton Bowl-LSU 13, Texas 0
Jan. 1, 1962 Cotton Bowl-Texas 12, Mississippi 7
Dec. 17, 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 3, Alabama 3, tie
Jan. 1, 1960 Cotton Bowl-Syracuse 23, Texas 14
Jan. 1, 1958 Sugar Bowl-Mississippi 39, Texas 7
Jan. 1, 1953 Cotton Bowl-Texas 16, Tennessee 0
Jan. 1, 1951 Cotton Bowl-Tennessee 20 Texas 14
Jan. 1, 1949 Orange Bowl-Texas 41, Georgia 28
Jan. 1, 1948 Sugar Bowl-Texas 27, Alabama 7
Jan. 1, 1946 Cotton Bowl-Texas 40, Missouri 27
Jan. 1, 1944 Cotton Bowl-Texas 7, Randolph Field 7, tie
Jan. 1, 1943 Cotton Bowl-Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
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