The 1996 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1996 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Washington Huskies.
1st half 
Washington scored first following a 2 yard touchdown run from running back Corey Dillon, and the Huskies opened up a 7–0 lead. Corey Dillon later scored on a 12 yard touchdown run, increasing Washington's lead to 14–0. 45 seconds later, Colorado quarterback Koy Detmer threw a 75 yard 'bullet' to wide receiver Rae Carruth to close Colorado to within 14–7.
In the second quarter, Nick Ziegler returned a Washington interception 31 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 14. On the very next play, Jerome Pathon returned the kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and Washington reclaimed the lead at 21–14. Koy Detmer later threw a 7 yard touchdown pass to Darrin Chiavverini for a 7 yard touchdown pass, and the score was tied at 21. Jeremy Aldrich kicked a 42 yard field goal before halftime, to put Colorado on top 24–21.
2nd half 
In the third quarter, Aldrich kicked a 36 yard field goal to increase Colorado's lead to 27–21. In the fourth quarter, Koy Detmer threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Rae Carruth, but the 2 point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and Colorado was up 33–21. They held on to that lead to win the game by that same margin.
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