THE 2001 CULLIGAN HOLIDAY BOWL
Texas (10-2) vs. Washington (8-3)
It took the Washington Huskies and Texas Longhorns a quarter to get warmed up, but once they did it was a classic, record-setting Holiday Bowl as No. 9 ranked Texas rallied from behind twice in the fourth quarter for a breath-taking 47-43 win.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams posted a record 37-point second quarter, with the Huskies taking a 23-14 lead over the turnover-plagued Longhorns. When Willie Hurst scored from 4 yards out with 3:51 left in the third quarter, Washington was well on its way to an upset win with a 36-17 lead.
Behind senior quarterback Major Applewhite, the Longhorns launched a furious aerial assault and scored 23 points in a little over ten minutes to take a 40-36 lead with 6 minutes to play. Hurst capped a Washington drive with a 34-yard touchdown run to put the Huskies back on top, 43-40 with 1:49 to go.
Then it was Applewhite’s turn. He moved Texas down the field, primarily on 25 and 36 yard completions to B.J. Johnson. Ivan Williams scored on a 3-yard run with 38 seconds left to play to give the Longhorns a thrilling victory.
The aerial circus shattered existing Holiday Bowl records for passing attempts by both teams (109) and completions (64).