Texas Tech's special teams play was a roller coaster of the highest highs and the lowest lows during its 37-23 Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona State.
Reginald Davis played a key role with his 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was a big moment that stopped any chance of Arizona State taking full swing of the momentum. There were many miscues though.
The first special teams mistake could've made some Tech fans flashback to the game against Baylor. Tech went up 20-7 against the Bears when Ryan Bustin missed an extra point. Tech struck first against Arizona State and nailed the extra point, but a penalty forced Bustin to kick again. Bustin missed the second try and left Tech with a 6-0 lead.
In the same quarter with a 13-3 lead, Jakeem Grant fumbled on the kickoff return at the Texas Tech 27-yard line. The defense stood tall forcing another field goal.
There were some great plays on special teams. The punt team had tremendous coverage. Senior punter Ryan Erxleben punted five times and only two of them were returned. Those two returns went for a combined seven yards.
The kicking coverage was not shabby either. Arizona State averaged 21 yards on seven kickoff returns. The longest return went for 33 yards.
Once again though, Arizona State had several chances to turn the tide starting with special teams. With a 27-6 lead, Texas Tech was ready to get the ball back when Deandre Washington, who was blocking, got tangled up with punt returner Jordan Davis causing a muffed punt. The Sun Devils capitalized on a D.J. Foster 20-yard rushing touchdown two plays later.
Arizona State momentarily gained some momentum, but it was killed by late time management blunders and a missed field goal on a third down to end the second half.
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