If someone told me that David Ash would outperform Zach Maynard before the Holiday Bowl, I wouldn't believe them. I was surprised David Ash got the start. Most people thought that Case McCoy (Colt's little brother) would get the starting nod since he's thrown three times as many TDs than Ash and only half the INTs, but head coach Mack Brown let Ash start instead. Both defenses showed up early in the ballgame as the Longhorn rushing attack was stifled in the first half, while Cal put up only a FG. Texas drew up an end-around where WR Jaxon Shipley (Jordan's little brother) threw a 4-yard TD to Ash. The Golden Bears would finally break out of their offensive slumber as Isi Sofele scored a TD, but Texas would pull away with two more TDs and the Longhorns left with the Holiday Bowl trophy.
The Toledo Rockets and Air Force Falcons headed into Wednesday's match-up in the Military Bowl with a victory on their minds. By days end, Toledo emerged victorious as they imposed their passing offense against a run-happy Air Force offense, but the Falcons gave the Rockets everything they could handle in a classic shootout. Air Force's game plan was quickly altered once they fell into a 21-7 hole in a wild display of first quarter offense. Tim Jefferson, the Falcon's option QB, started throwing the ball with efficiency in the last three quarters and the shootout was on. The Falcons tied the game at 21, then Toledo scored a TD, which Air Force answered with a TD of their own. This pattern carried on till there was 1:32 left in the game. Jefferson threw a TD, but Air Force opted to do a trick-play FG option-run, which was fumbled in the end zone and Toledo held on for the victory.