1994 Sun Bowl

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1994 Sun Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 7 14 0 14 35
North Carolina 7 10 0 14 31
Date December 29, 1994
Season 1994
Stadium Sun Bowl Stadium
Location El Paso, Texas
Referee Chuck McFerrin (Pac-10)
Attendance 50,612
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Jim Nantz, Doug Flutie and Andrea Joyce
Sun Bowl
 < 1993 1995

The 1994 Sun Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 29, 1994. The game pitted the unranked Texas Longhorns against the No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels and eventual Texas head coach Mack Brown. The game was a seesaw offensive battle. Texas, down 31–21 midway through the fourth quarter, mounted a comeback to gain a 35–31 victory, with Priest Holmes's leap into the endzone proving to be the winning points.[1] A record 50,612 attended this game, a high for both the bowl and the stadium.[2]

Scoring summary[edit]

First quarter

  • North Carolina – Curtis Johnson 11-yd run (Tripp Pignetti kick); Drive: 10 plays, 78 yards, 11:06 remaining
  • Texas - Priest Holmes 1-yd run (Phil Dawson kick); Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 4:37 remaining

Second quarter

  • Texas - Norman Watkins 8-yd fumble return (Dawson kick), 14:49 remaining
  • North Carolina – Pignetti 25-yd field goal; Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 9:57 remaining
  • Texas - Holmes 1-yd run (Dawson kick); Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 6:05 remaining
  • North Carolina – Marcus Wall 8-yd pass from Mike Thomas (Pignetti kick); Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, :28 remaining

Fourth quarter

  • North Carolina – Wall 82-yd punt return (Pignetti kick), 13:35 remaining
  • North Carolina – Octavus Barnes 50-yd pass from Thomas (Pignetti kick); Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards, 9:13 remaining
  • Texas - Holmes 9-yd run (Dawson kick); Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 6:35 remaining
  • Texas - Holmes 5-yd run (Dawson kick); Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 1:17 remaining

Priest Holmes had 161 yards on 27 carries for four touchdowns to lead the Longhorns to victory and give him MVP honors.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Texas North Carolina
First Downs 26 25
Rushing Yards 229 180
Passing Yards 196 298
Total Offense 425 478
Return Yards 98 115
Passing (C-A-I) 15-32-1 23-40-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-55 6-58
Punts-Average 6-35.8 5-35.4
Possession Time 31:15 28:45

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