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Alamo Bowl 2012: Texas vs. Oregon State

The Texas Longhorns hope to end a disappointing season on a high note in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.

Erich Schlegel

The Texas Longhorns ended the 2012 season in disappointing fashion yet again, as defensive issues and quarterback inconsistencies led to a 8-4 record. The frustrating season led to a bid to the Valero Alamo Bowl to take on No. 13 Oregon State on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The Longhorns dropped the final two games of the regular season, including a 42-24 loss to Kansas State that featured a blown third quarter lead and 28 straight points allowed in the second half. Texas now has plenty of questions to answer leading up to the bowl game and beyond, most notable of which is which quarterback will be under center against Oregon State.

David Ash played most of the season at quarterback for Texas, struggling against Oklahoma, Kansas and TCU while putting up a relatively good season overall. The Longhorns turned to Case McCoy at quarterback against Kansas State, however, and there are questions as to which passer the team will be sticking with long-term.

Led by sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion, the Oregon State Beavers finished the season 9-3 after losses to Stanford and No. 5 Oregon in the final month of the season. The Beavers closed out the year with a 77-3 beatdown of Nicholls State to come in No. 3 in the Pac-12 and earn a bid to face Texas.

The Valero Alamo Bowl will be covered on ESPN, with kickoff set for 5:45 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.