THE 2004 PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL
California (10-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-4)
The Golden Bears of Cal entered the game as the nation’s # 4 ranked team and an 11 point favorite. Someone forgot to mention this to the 23rd ranked Red Raiders.
Riding the arm of the nation’s top ranked quarterback Sonny Cumbie, Texas Tech drubbed the Bears in another high scoring Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Cumbie threw for 520 yards on 39 of 60 attempts and threw three touchdown passes en route to his offensive MVP performance. The crowd of 63,711, the second largest in the game’s history, watched the Red Raiders amass 597 total yards.
In an uncharacteristically lopsided Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech led 24-14 at the half, and increased the lead in the 3rd quarter to 38-17. The final winning margin of 14 points made 2004 only the fifth Holiday Bowl where the margin of victory has been 14 points or more, and the first time since Kansas State’s 33 point win in 1995.
Cal, whose # 4 ranking was the school’s highest since 1952 and their 10-1 regular season record was the best in 54 years, were led by All-American running back J.J. Arrington, who ran for 173 yards in the game on 24 carries.