THE 2002 PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL
Kansas St. (10-2) vs. Arizona St. (8-5)
Kansas State entered the game as an 18-point favorite, but it quickly became apparent that the 25th edition of the Holiday Bowl was going to be no mismatch. The underdog Arizona State Sun Devils shut down Kansas State’s high-scoring offense and, after a scoreless first quarter, built a 20-7 lead late in the second quarter.
Wildcat quarterback Ell Roberson broke loose on a 32-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the half to pull Kansas State to within a touchdown 20-14.
After a scoreless third quarter, the offenses warmed up again. Kansas State tied the game at 20 on another Roberson touchdown run. Then sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter put the Sun Devils back on top, 27-20, with his second touchdown pass of the night.
With 7:27 left to play, Kansas State faced a fourth and 10 at the Sun Devils’ 22-yard line. The Wildcats gambled and Roberson escaped pressure to complete a crucial pass to the 1-yard line. He scored two plays later to tie the game again, 27-27.
Kansas State got the ball back with under five minutes left and Roberson guided them on one final drive, which culminated on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Evans with only 75 seconds remaining.