The freshman threw for 403 yards and tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech raced to a 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State on Monday night.
Webb tied the record set by BYU's Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State's Brian Kavanagh in 1995 and Texas' Major Applewhite in 2001.
"It's pretty exhilarating right now. I'm so proud of this team," Webb said.
"When Coach told me I was going to start, there was nothing but joy," Webb said. "I told myself that I was going to make sure that I was going to send the seniors out right. We came prepared. We leaned on each other and we showed that today."
The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (10-4) lost its second straight.
Webb completed 28 of 41 passes. He threw touchdown passes of 18 and 21 yards to Jakeem Grant, 1 yard to Rodney Hall and 23 yards to Bradley Marquez, all in the first half.
"He's really battled to separate himself all year," said first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, a former Red Raiders quarterback.
"To play that young in this type of arena, D-1, that's very rare and I think he does a great job handling the pressure coming out here and making things happen," wide receiver Eric Ward said.
After losing their final five games by an average of 20.6 points, the Red Raiders scored on four of their first five drives to take a 27-6 lead 5 minutes into the second quarter.
Kingsbury said the Red Raiders had seen predictions that they'd lose by 22 points.
"We saw that all week. We knew what people thought and we knew the type of team we had," the coach said.
"We didn't get any respect all weekend long," Ward said. "It was all about Arizona State and their record and this, that and the other. So we used that to fuel the fire."
Ward said the losing streak "preyed upon us pretty heavily. No one likes losing that much and lose that much on the road. It starts depressing the team a little bit. We just did all we could to prepare for this game. During the bowl practices, the time we had together helped us bond together."
Texas Tech All-America tight end Jace Amaro had eight catches for 112 yards. He set the FBS single-season record for yards receiving by a tight end with 1,352.
The Sun Devils, coming off a 38-14 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, were held 18 points below their average. They dropped to 0-4 in the Holiday Bowl dating to 1985.
"I'm very embarrassed for our program," coach Todd Graham said. "As coaches we didn't have our guys prepared to play. They came to play. We didn't. Give them credit. I was embarrassed for the fans that showed up today. We didn't have our players prepared. Zero excuses, but we didn't have our players prepared to play. It was an ugly game offensively and defensively. We just didn't play very well. They were the more passionate team today."
While Texas Tech was finding the end zone early on, Arizona State had to settle for field goals of 44 and 31 yards by Zane Gonzalez.
The Sun Devils got their first touchdown when D.J. Foster scored on a 20-yard run with 7:52 left in the second quarter to close to 27-13. ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly scored on a 44-yard run early in the third, but Reginald Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to extend the Red Raiders' lead to 34-20.
Kelly gained 135 yards on 25 carries but threw for only 125 yards, going 16 of 29. He was sacked three times. Foster gained 132 yards on 20 carries.
Arizona State's Richard Smith couldn't hold onto a 50-yard pass from Kelly as he tripped and tumbled into the end zone with 9:50 left and the Sun Devils trailing by 14.
Texas Tech Bowl History (Record 14-21-1)
|Dec. 30, 2013||Holiday Bowl-Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23|
|Dec. 28, 2012||Texas Bowl-Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31|
|Jan. 1, 2011||TicketCity Bowl-Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38|
|Jan. 2, 2010||Alamo Bowl-Texas Tech 41, Michigan State 31|
|Jan. 2, 2009||Cotton Bowl-Mississippi 47, Texas Tech 34|
|Jan. 1, 2008||Gator Bowl-Texas Tech 31, Virginia 28|
|Dec. 29, 2006||Insight Bowl-Texas Tech 44, Minnesota 41, OT|
|Jan. 2, 2006||Cotton Bowl-Alabama 13, Texas Tech 10|
|Dec. 30, 2004||Holiday Bowl-Texas Tech 45, California 31|
|Dec. 30, 2003||Houston Bowl-Texas Tech 38, Navy 14|
|Dec. 23, 2002||Tangerine Bowl-Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15|
|Dec. 29, 2001||Alamo Bowl-Iowa 19, Texas Tech 16|
|Dec. 27, 2000||Galleryfurniture.com Bowl-East Carolina 40, Texas Tech 27|
|Dec. 31, 1998||Independence Bowl-Mississippi 35, Texas Tech 18|
|Dec. 29, 1996||Alamo Bowl-Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0|
|Dec. 27, 1995||Copper Bowl-Texas Tech 55, Air Force 41|
|Jan. 2, 1995||Cotton Bowl-Southern Cal 55, Texas Tech 14|
|Dec. 24, 1993||John Hancock Bowl-Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10|
|Dec. 28, 1989||All American Bowl-Texas Tech 49, Duke 21|
|Dec. 20, 1986||Independence Bowl-Mississippi 20, Texas Tech 17|
|Dec. 23, 1977||Tangerine Bowl-Florida State 40, Texas Tech 17|
|Dec. 31, 1976||Bluebonnet Bowl-Nebraska 27, Texas Tech 24|
|Dec. 28, 1974||Peach Bowl-Texas Tech 6, Vanderbilt 6, tie|
|Dec. 29, 1973||Gator Bowl-Texas Tech 28, Tennessee 19|
|Dec. 30, 1972||Sun Bowl-North Carolina 32, Texas Tech 28|
|Dec. 19, 1970||Sun Bowl-Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9|
|Dec. 31, 1965||Gator Bowl-Georgia Tech 31, Texas Tech 21|
|Dec. 26, 1964||Sun Bowl-Georgia 7, Texas Tech 0|
|Jan. 2, 1956||Sun Bowl-Wyoming 21, Texas Tech 14|
|Jan. 1, 1954||Gator Bowl-Texas Tech 35, Auburn 13|
|Jan. 1, 1952||Sun Bowl-Texas Tech 25, Pacific U. 14|
|Dec. 31, 1949||Raisin Bowl-San Jose State 20, Texas Tech 13|
|Jan. 1, 1948||Sun Bowl-Miami, Ohio 13, Texas Tech 12|
|Jan. 1, 1942||Sun Bowl-Tulsa 6, Texas Tech 0|
|Jan. 2, 1939||Cotton Bowl-St. Mary's 20, Texas Tech 13|
|Jan. 1, 1938||Sun Bowl-West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 6|