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SAN DIEGO | Texas 47, Washington 43

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Neuheisel says Notre Dame is not an option
Washington backup QB will make the trip
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Texas QB Major Applewhite airs it out to B.J. Johnson for a 43-yard TD.
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Washington's Jerramy Stevens takes the pass from Cody Pickett and rumbles into the end zone.
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Roy Williams makes the adjustment to pull down the 25-yard TD for the Longhorns.
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A Holiday to Remember
Major Applewhite
Major Applewhite threw for a career-high 473 yards and 4 TDs.
Texas QB Major Applewhite went out in style. Applewhite became a Lone Star legend when he rallied the Longhorns to their greatest comeback win ever, as the ninth-ranked Longhorns outlasted No. 20 Washington 47-43. Applewhite ended his successful and often controversial run with a career-best 473 yards and 4 TDs.
• Best Players: Washington | Texas
• Tale of two QBs: UT's Applewhite | UW's Pickett
• Chat wraps: UW's Larry Tripplett | UT's Roy Williams
• Player diaries: UT's Nathan Vasher | UW's Willie Hurst
• Holiday Bowl postcard | Best players in UW, UT history


Passing Chris Simms 2603 Cody Pickett 2404
Rushing Cedric Benson 1053 Willie Hurst 607
Receiving Roy Williams 836 Reggie Williams 973

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"This just shows what we feared all year -- Mack Brown may have cost Texas a shot at the national title by stubbornly sticking with the sexier Simms instead of starting the proven winner. Congrats on a great career Major. We'll miss you."
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Washington (20)43
Texas (9)47
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Wow! What an incredible game! I feel sorry for people who either didn't watch this game or didn't stick around for the end.

You have to feel great for Longhorn QB Major Applewhite and the incredible way he ended his career after everything he's been through. For Applewhite to lead the game-winning drive, to make every perfect throw and decision and put his team ahead, to end his career that way is amazing. It was phenomenal performance by a guy who’s been an incredible quarterback at Texas.

Washington played a great game offensively. Cody Pickett, even with the bad shoulder, played very well. He got TE Jerramy Stevens involved and got the ball to WR Roy Williams, who was very good in the matchup with Quentin Jammer. The Huskie's also got a great performance out of Willie Hurst.

This was just one of those performances where so many players gave the ultimate effort. You can't really find fault with anyone. This was one of those rare games of great collective and individual performances that you just sit back and say, “did that just really happen?” I'm overwhelmed with the magnitude of performances.

Washington QB Cody Pickett ran out of bounds on fourth down a few yards shy of a first down. Until then, it wasn't safe to assume the game was ever over as there were five lead changes.
Hmmm...who could it be? Texas QB Major Applewhite led the 'Horns back from a 19-point deficit -- its greatest comeback ever -- and threw for a career-high 473 yards and 4 TDs in the process.


One of the pleasant surprises for the Huskies this season was the outstanding play of freshman WR Reggie Williams, who didn't take long to adjust to the college game.


QB Major Applewhite refused to lose on Dec. 28 in the Culligan Holiday Bowl. Thanks to Applewhite's performance, the Longhorns didn't.

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