by CFP Staff
December 29, 2012
David Ash hit Marquise Goodwin on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 2:24 remaining in the game to lift Texas over Oregon State 31-27 in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night (December 29).
The Longhorns rallied from a 27-17 deficit entering the fourth quarter by scoring the final 14 points of the game.
A much-maligned Texas defense was led by Alex Okafor who contributed 4-1/2 sacks.
Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and two TD's for Oregon State which never trailed until Goodwin's touchdown. The Beavers were looking to secure a 10-win season for the first time since 2006.
Texas quarterback Chase McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks were suspended before the game for what was reported as missing curfew on the same night that an alleged sexual assault case against two unnamed Texas football players was filed.
Texas finished a 9-4 campaign with its 7th bowl win in its last 8 tries and is 27-22-2 overall.
Oregon State dropped to 9-4 and saw its bowl record slip to 8-6 with its second straight bowol loss ater winning five straight from 2003 to 2008.
The 20th Anniversary Valero Alamo Bowl was the third all-time meeting between Oregon State and Texas, with the Longhorns now holding a 3-0 record. Both prior games were played in Austin, with Texas winning 35-0 on September 27, 1980 and 61-16 on September 26, 1987.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected Texas to win by 5.03.