Holiday Bowl 2012: Texas Longhorns Coming Home for the Holiday (A Look Back)

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Holiday Bowl 2012: Texas Longhorns Coming Home for the Holiday (A Look Back)

Prior to the 2010 season, the Texas Longhorns had gone bowling in every season of Mack Brown's twelve-year Texas coaching tenure. After the unexpected—and very much unexcused—nuclear meltdown of last season snapped the long bowl streak, Coach Brown's charges are returning to a bowl game once again, and yes, it feels like a little bit like coming home.

The venue for the Longhorns' thirteenth bowl appearance in fourteen seasons is a familiar one, indeed: the Holiday Bowl, or more officially, the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Four times previously in the Mack Brown era, the Longhorns have ventured west to San Diego to participate in this game; twice they have won (2001 vs. Washington, 2007 vs. Arizona State).

A quick peek at the record book reveals one thing: The Holiday Bowls in which the Longhorns have participated have been high-scoring, dramatic affairs. In fact, the average final score of Texas' four appearances in this bowl has been 37-35. As bowl games go, it simply doesn't get much better than this.

Let's take a timeout, flop into a comfy chair and take a stroll down Longhorn Lane. The Longhorns' history in the Holiday Bowl demands as much.

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