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Texas Tech 41 vs Michigan State 31
The 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl became the most watched bowl game in ESPN history as Texas Tech upended Michigan State 41-31.
Attendance: 64757
MVPs: Offensive-Texas Tech Quarterback Taylor Potts Defensive-Texas Tech Defensive Back Jamar Wall
Awards: Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award-Michigan State Defensive Back Ross Weaver
Coaches: Michigan State-Mark Dantonio Texas Tech-Ruffin McNeill
Highlights: The 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl lived up to the San Antonio bowl games thrilling history as it became the most watched bowl game on ESPN. The high powered offensive battle between Michigan State and Texas Tech translated into a high energy game as the Spartans were only down by a touchdown at the half. Michigan State came back after the half and were up 28-27 over the Red Raiders. The Spartans seemed to catach a break as Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts left the game with an injury after breaking an Alamo Bowl record 372 yards and two touchdowns. Replacement quarterback Steve Sheffield marched the Red Raiders down the field to take back the lead and secure a Texas Tech 41-31 victory.
TV Rating: 5.6
TV Coverage: ESPN

Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010

Box Score

The 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl didn't disappoint as 64,757 fans packed the Alamodome for its sixth largest crowd in Alamo Bowl history and its third sellout in its last four bowl game.

Texas Tech jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter after Baron Batch rushed for a 3 yard touchdown. Michigan State countered the Red Raiders attacked as Edwin Baker rushed up the middle for 46 yards scoring the Spartans first touchdown of the game and it was Bakers first career touchdown as a Spartan.

The fireworks continued to go off in the second quarter as Texas Tech scored three times, two field goals and a Taylor Potts touchdown toss to Lyle Leong. Michigan State scored on a 48 yard bomb from Kirk Cousins to Keshawn Martin. Michigan State trailed 20-14 at halftime.

Early in the third, Cousins rushed up the middle on the quarterback draw pushing Michigan State into the lead 21-20. The back-and-forth battle continued as the Red Raiders responded with a touchdown as Potts hit Jacoby Franks for a 14 yard touchdown bringing the score to 27-21. Late in the quarter, in the wildcat formation, Keshawn Martin dumped one over the middle to wide receiver Blair White for an 8 yard touchdown giving the Spartans the lead.

Michigan State took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, and appeared to get a break when Tech quarterback Taylor Potts left the game after injuring his non-throwing hand. He left with an Alamo Bowl-record 372 yards and two touchdowns.

With Tech down 31-27, QB Steve Sheffield marched the Red Raiders downfield in eight plays, the last an 11-yard touchdown pass to Detron Lewis taking the lead 34-31. Baron Batch tacked on a 25-yard touchdown run late in the game to seal the victory.

Game Notes:

Millionth Fan
After its 17th year, the Valero Alamo Bowl welcomed its one millionth fan who has attended an Alamo Bowl game.

Interim Coach
This is the third time in bowl history that a team was led by an interim head coach. The previous two being Texas A&M in 2007 (a 24-17 loss to Penn State) and Nebraska in 2003 (a 17-3 win over Michigan State).

Stingy Spartans
Michigan State held the Texas Tech defense sackless for only the second time all season. The Red Raiders ranked fourth nationally with 39 quarterback sacks behind only Pittsburg, Nebraska and Rutgers, respectively.

Close Call
Texas Tech's 41-31 win against Michigan State is the fifth consecutive Valero Alamo Bowls to be decided by a touchdown or less.

Big Plays
The 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl was once again highlighted by big plays as Texas Tech and Michigan State combined for four plays of more than 40 yards each.

First and Ten
Texas Tech broke the Valero Alamo Bowl record for most first downs with 31 against Michigan State. The previous of 28 was held by Nebraska (2000) and California (1993). Tech also broke the record for most first downs passing.