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Oregon, Texas to meet in Alamo Bowl

No. 10 Oregon faces Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Monday in San Antonio. Texas coach Mack Brown is stepping down after the game.


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SAN ANTONIO – Mack Brown didn’t want to go out like this, and 10th-ranked Oregon didn’t want its season to end here.

That makes the Alamo Bowl on Monday a finale for two programs making the best of disappointment.

Texas (8-4) wants a fond farewell for coach Brown after the tension surrounding his resignation. The Ducks (10-2) were denied an appearance in a lucrative Bowl Championship Series game for the first time in five years.

“The expectation for both of these programs is to be playing in the last game at the end of the year, and neither one of us are doing that,” Brown said Sunday.

Speaking publicly for the second time since announcing this month he would leave Texas after 16 seasons, Brown sidestepped questions about the circumstances surrounding his exit and whether he will coach again. He said the only thing he would have done differently this season was win all the games and enjoy the “happy moms and dads and happy media and happy fans” that come with it.

“We’ve done that, and it’s a lot more fun,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s hopes of playing for a national title after four consecutive BCS bowl appearances were dashed in November after a loss to Stanford — which is headed to the Rose Bowl. Two weeks after the Stanford setback, the Ducks were pummeled by Arizona.

First-year Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the disappointment of the Stanford loss created some “stragglers.” He said he could have done a better job of managing the situation.

“There was absolutely some disappointment, kind of punched-in-the-gut type of feeling for a few guys that just needed to grow up and realize that there was a lot of ball left to be played,” Helfrich said. “And as it played out, we could have played ourselves into a better situation — quote, unquote — but we didn’t earn that.”

Note

• No. 16 Arizona State and Texas Tech meet Monday night in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Pac-12 South champion Arizona State (10-3) lost at home 38-14 to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game. The Raiders (7-5) enter with a five-game losing streak.

The Sun Devils average 41 points, having scored 53 or more points six times, including breaking 60 once. Texas Tech’s fast-paced offense averages 88 plays and 513 yards a game.

Arizona State’s Todd Graham, who was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, uses the word “explosive” a lot, so it was not surprising to hear him predict it will be “an explosive game and a game that will be fun for fans to watch.”

2013-14 bowl games
The BCS National Championship is Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
BowlTeamsDate, locationTV
New MexicoColorado State 48, Washington State 45
Las VegasUSC 45, Fresno State 20
Idaho Potato San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24
New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21
Beef ‘O’ Brady’sEast Carolina 37, Ohio 20
Sheraton HawaiiOregon State 38, Boise State 23

Little Caesars Pizza

Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27
PoinsettiaUtah State 21, Northern Illinois 14
Military Bowl Marshall 31, Maryland 20

Texas

Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17

Fight Hunger

Washington 31, Brigham Young 16

New Era Pinstripe

Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16
BelkNorth Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17

Russell Athletic

Louisville 36, Miami 9

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kansas State 31, Michigan 14
Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 30, Fort Worth, Texas8:45 a.m. ESPN
Music CityMississippi vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 30, Nashville, Tenn.12:15 p.m. ESPN
AlamoOregon vs. Texas Dec. 30, San Antonio3:45 p.m. ESPN
HolidayArizona State vs. Texas Tech Dec. 30, San Diego7:15 p.m. ESPN

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Arizona vs. Boston CollegeDec. 31, Shreveport, La.9:30 a.m. ESPN
SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas11 a.m. Ch. 7
LibertyRice vs. Mississippi State Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.1 p.m. ESPN

Chick-fil-A

Texas A&M vs. Duke Dec. 31, Atlanta5 p.m. ESPN
GatorNebraska vs. Georgia Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.9 a.m. ESPN2
Heart of DallasUNLV vs. North Texas Jan. 1, Dallas9 a.m. ESPNU
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.10 a.m. Ch. 4
OutbackIowa vs. Louisiana State Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.10 a.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.2 p.m. ESPN
FiestaBaylor vs. Central Florida Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz.5:30 p.m. ESPN
SugarAlabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2, New Orleans5:30 p.m. ESPN
CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma StateJan. 3, Arlington, Texas5 p.m., Ch. 13
Orange Ohio State vs. ClemsonJan. 3, Miami Gardens, Fla.5:30 p.m. ESPN
CompassVanderbilt vs. Houston Jan. 4, Birmingham, Ala.10 a.m. ESPN
GoDaddyArkansas State vs. Ball State Jan. 5, Mobile, Ala.6 p.m. ESPN
BCS Florida State vs. Auburn Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.5:30 p.m. ESPN


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