SAN ANTONIO (AP) — David Ash threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the last a 36-yard strike to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left, to give Texas a 31-27 comeback victory over No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night.
The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodwin scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, just a down after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive.
Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for Oregon State (9-4). The Beavers left stunned after looking as though they would wrap up their first 10-win season since 2006.
Ash, whose been pulled at times for McCoy this season, was 21 of 33 for 241 yards. Ash sputtered until the fourth quarter, when he went 9 for 11 for 146 yards. Texas had no choice but to stick with the only backups two redshirt freshmen who haven’t taken a snap all season.
Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz was 15 of 28 for 194 yards. The Beavers had negative 4 yards in the fourth quarter as they were muffled by the Longhorns defense that was led by Alex Okafor, who finished with 4 1/2 sacks.
The Valero Alamo Bowl marked the Beavers’ 16th bowl game and OSU is 10-6 all-time in them – 5-2 under head coach Mike Riley. The dean of Pac-12 Conference coaches engineered one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2012, with the Beavers improving to a 9-4 mark after finishing the 2011 campaign at 3-9.
The six-win improvement tied Ohio State and Middle Tennessee for the best win improvements from last season.
Markus Wheaton ended his Oregon State career at the Alamo Bowl, catching three passes for 37 yards – he leaves as the program’s all-time receptions leader with 227 and is sixth with 1,244 yards.
Another senior playing in his final game for the Beavers, Jordan Poyer, was tied for third on the team with five tackles, including a sack.
Linebacker Michael Doctor was the team leader with 11 tackles.
Oregon State found itself up 20-10 at halftime and 27-17 entering the fourth quarter but two late Texas touchdowns sealed the come-from-behind win for the Longhorns. Ash found Johnathan Gray from 15 yards out with 8:18 remaining and followed that up with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin with just 2:24 left in the game.