Texas rallies for win in Alamo Bowl
SAN ANTONIO _ This season was a history-making turnaround for the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers.
But in the final 10 minutes of it, everything turned on them.Oregon State began the fourth quarter of the Alamo Bowl cruising toward its first 10-win season since 2006, but that opportunity unraveled when Texas quarterback David Ash shook off a rocky start to throw two late touchdowns, carrying the Longhorns to a 31-27 comeback win Saturday.
The Beavers (9-4) entered the game already assured of a school-record turnaround after going 3-9 the year before. But after a sudden collapse _ they had negative 4 yards of total offence in the fourth quarter _ they’re ending the season disappointed instead of celebrating.
``It was definitely a game we let slip away,’’ quarterback Cody Vaz said. ``I don’t take anything away from Texas, they are a great team, but I definitely feel we let this one slip out of our hands.’’
Ash threw the go-ahead 36-yard touchdown strike to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left. The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodwin scored his second touchdown on that 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.
``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.’’