2002 Holiday Bowl

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2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 0 14 0 20 34
Arizona State 0 20 0 7 27
Date December 27, 2002
Season 2002
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Ell Roberson, Kansas State and
Defensive: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 58,717[1]
Payout US$2,035,788 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico
Nielsen ratings 4.2
Holiday Bowl
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The 2002 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 27, 2002 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Arizona State Sun Devils against the Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State won the game by a 34-27 final score.

After a scoreless first quarter, Arizona State scored first following a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Walter to wide receiver Justin Taplin for an early 7-0 lead. Arizona State added to the lead when Matt Barth drilled a 26-yard field goal to put Arizona State up 10-0. Kansas State finally got on the board when running back Darren Sproles rushed 41 yards for a touchdown making it 10-7. Running back Hakim Hill answered for ASU by rushing 9 yards for a touchdown, making it 17-7. Matt Barth later connected on a 39-yard field goal, increasing ASU's lead to 20-7. Before halftime, quarterback Ell Roberson rushed 32 yards for a touchdown, pulling Kansas State to within 20-14.

The defenses held in the third quarter, and the score remained 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Kansas State's Ell Roberson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, but a missed PAT left the score tied at 20. Andrew Walter threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams to give Arizona State a 27-20 fourth quarter lead. Ell Roberson scored the tying touchdown on a 1 yard quarterback sneak with just 7 minutes left in the game. With only 75 seconds left in the game, Roberson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Evans for the winning score.

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