ASU Football: Sun Devils To Face Texas Tech in Holiday Bowl


Dec 7, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly (10) throws a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona State received word on Sunday it will play the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5) in the 2013 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. Set for Dec. 30, the game will be played at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, and televised by ESPN. The winner will receive a payout of $2,075,000.

ASU (10-3) missed an opportunity to play in it first Rose Bowl since 1997 when it lost to Stanford in Saturday night’s Pac-12 Championship Game.

The Sun Devils received the Holiday Bowl berth after the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio chose Oregon to represent the Pac-12 Conference.

Despite losing out on a chance to play for the roses in Pasadena, ASU will earn significant benefits from its Holiday Bowl appearance. The team will battle for its 11th victory of the 2013 season, having reached 11 wins only five other times in program history. The last time was in 1996. The bowl berth also brings extra practice time and the opportunity to play a high-profile game in recruitment-rich Southern California.

ASU has a 0-3 all-time Holiday Bowl record. Previous results include: an 18-17 loss to Arkansas in 1985, a 34-27 loss to Kansas State in 2002 and a 52-34 loss to Texas in 2007.

ASU is 1-0 all-time against the Red Raiders. Their most recent match-up, in 1999, resulted in a 31-13 home win for the Sun Devils. This year’s meeting will pit a Texas Tech offense that averages 392 passing yards per game against a Sun Devil defense that is among the nation’s best in interceptions, forced turnovers and sacks.

Additional Holiday Bowl Information:

Site: San Diego, Calif.
Date: Monday, December 30, 2013
Time: 7:15 p.m. PT kickoff
Coverage: ESPN/ESPN Radio
Tickets: ASU student tickets will be available on Monday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. for student season ticket holders and student Sun Devil Club members before becoming available to all students on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. Students may purchase one ticket for as low as $40 by visiting the Sun Devil Ticket Office or calling 480-727-0000.

Regular football season ticket holders or Sun Devil Club Members who want to ensure priority status for Holiday Bowl game tickets will need to place their request by December 13, 2013, at 5 p.m. Ticket allocations will be set upon this deadline and remaining locations will be released for sale to the general public.

The Sun Devil Club will be selling travel packages that include tickets to Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate. Travel packages will not include game tickets.

For more information on the Holiday Bowl, visit