SAN DIEGO (AP) — Arizona State coach Todd Graham was emphatic — he and his assistants didn't do their jobs leading up to the Holiday Bowl.
"I apologized to our players. We didn't have them prepared to play, but don't take anything away from Texas Tech," Graham said after the No. 16 Sun Devils lost 37-23 to the Red Raiders on Monday night.
Freshman quarterback Davis Webb threw for 403 yards and tied the Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes as Texas Tech snapped a five-game losing streak.
Webb tied the mark set by BYU's Jim McMahon in 1980 and matched by Kansas State's Brian Kavanagh in 1995 and Texas' Major Applewhite in 2001.
The Red Raiders (8-5) won for the first time since beating West Virginia on Oct. 19. Arizona State (10-4) lost its second straight.
The Sun Devils, coming off a 38-14 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, were held 18 points below their average. They dropped to 0-4 in the Holiday Bowl dating to 1985.
"I thought we played poorly in the last two games," Graham said. "You know what? It's not the players' fault. That's why they hire coaches, to get your guys ready to play. We didn't get our guys ready to play and on the other hand, the other team did. One of the things I believe in is great sportsmanship, and you get your tail whipped, you congratulate the other team, the other coach.
"It was the best bowl experience that I've ever had up until today, and one of the worst ones I had today."
Arizona State's players took the blame, too.
"You can say what you want about the coaching, but we're the ones on the field playing," safety Alden Darby said. "We're the ones making the plays."