National University Holiday Bowl in San Diego

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Fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils or Texas Tech Red Raiders who plan on attending the National University Holiday Bowl in San Diego should be able to find plenty of other things to do in town besides taking in the game. There are tons of great San Diego Attractions to enjoy in one of America’s most enjoyable cities – the weather ain’t bad either!

The Holiday Bowl will kick off at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Monday, Dec. 30 at 7:15 p.m. and it promises to be one of the better bowl games in a day that is packed full of them. The matchup between the Sun Devils (10-3) and the Red Raiders (7-5) is sure to be a competitive one and fans of both schools can expect to see a close contest.

Arizona State is coming into the game after dropping a 38-14 decision to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, while Texas Tech enters the Holiday Bowl looking for a little redemption after a five-game losing streak. One of the streakier teams in college football, the Red Raiders actually started the season by winning seven games in a row.

Second-year Arizona state coach Todd Graham guided his team to its first bowl win since 2005 last season and will look to keep things trending in a positive direction this year with a victory at the Holiday Bowl. This is the first year coaching Texas Tech for former Red Raider quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and he obviously wants to close out his rookie season on the sidelines with a win.

Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www. Holiday Bowl.com. Fans can also purchase tickets at Window B at Qualcomm Stadium, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you already have, or are planning on buying tickets, consider some of the stellar San Diego Travel Deals that are available to make sure you have a great place to stay before and after the big game.

When the teams take the field, it will be the fourth appearance for the Sun Devils in the Holiday Bowl and the second time the Red Raiders have traveled to San Diego for the bowl game. “We are fired up that this year’s bowl game is going match a pair of high-scoring, potent offenses from two of the strongest conferences in the nation,” said 2013 Bowl President Bill Geppert. “We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet and welcome these two fine teams and their legions of fans to San Diego.” Fans of both squads should expect that same sort of welcome…

Geppert wasn’t kidding about the offenses; they can really score. ArizonaState ranks ninth in the country with 41 points per game and Texas Tech’s potent passing attack is second in the nation with 392 passing yards per game. Sun Devil QB Taylor Kelly has already thrown for 3,510 yards and 28 TDs this season while Red Raider TE Jace Amaro has the chance to set a new NCAA single-season record for receiving yards for a tight end if he is able to rack up 90 yards. He currently has 1,240 receiving yards, good for 10th in the country amongst all eligible receivers.

If you are looking for more things to do in Southern California, the San Diego Holiday Attractions package offers discounted admission to the Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Zoo, the Air and Space Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

 

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