SAN ANTONIO – Mack Brown didn’t want to go out like this, and 10th-ranked Oregon didn’t want its season to end here.

That makes the Alamo Bowl on Monday a finale for two programs making the best of disappointment.

Texas (8-4) wants a fond farewell for coach Brown after the tension surrounding his resignation. The Ducks (10-2) were denied an appearance in a lucrative Bowl Championship Series game for the first time in five years.

“The expectation for both of these programs is to be playing in the last game at the end of the year, and neither one of us are doing that,” Brown said Sunday.

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Speaking publicly for the second time since announcing this month he would leave Texas after 16 seasons, Brown sidestepped questions about the circumstances surrounding his exit and whether he will coach again. He said the only thing he would have done differently this season was win all the games and enjoy the “happy moms and dads and happy media and happy fans” that come with it.

“We’ve done that, and it’s a lot more fun,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s hopes of playing for a national title after four consecutive BCS bowl appearances were dashed in November after a loss to Stanford — which is headed to the Rose Bowl. Two weeks after the Stanford setback, the Ducks were pummeled by Arizona.

First-year Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the disappointment of the Stanford loss created some “stragglers.” He said he could have done a better job of managing the situation.

“There was absolutely some disappointment, kind of punched-in-the-gut type of feeling for a few guys that just needed to grow up and realize that there was a lot of ball left to be played,” Helfrich said. “And as it played out, we could have played ourselves into a better situation — quote, unquote — but we didn’t earn that.”


• No. 16 Arizona State and Texas Tech meet Monday night in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Pac-12 South champion Arizona State (10-3) lost at home 38-14 to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game. The Raiders (7-5) enter with a five-game losing streak.

The Sun Devils average 41 points, having scored 53 or more points six times, including breaking 60 once. Texas Tech’s fast-paced offense averages 88 plays and 513 yards a game.

Arizona State’s Todd Graham, who was voted the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, uses the word “explosive” a lot, so it was not surprising to hear him predict it will be “an explosive game and a game that will be fun for fans to watch.”

2013-14 bowl games
The BCS National Championship is Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Bowl Teams Date, location TV
New Mexico Colorado State 48, Washington State 45
Las Vegas USC 45, Fresno State 20
Idaho Potato San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24
New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s East Carolina 37, Ohio 20
Sheraton Hawaii Oregon State 38, Boise State 23

Little Caesars Pizza

Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27
Poinsettia Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14
Military Bowl Marshall 31, Maryland 20


Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17

Fight Hunger

Washington 31, Brigham Young 16

New Era Pinstripe

Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16
Belk North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17

Russell Athletic

Louisville 36, Miami 9

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kansas State 31, Michigan 14
Armed Forces Middle Tennessee vs. Navy Dec. 30, Fort Worth, Texas 8:45 a.m. ESPN
Music City Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 30, Nashville, Tenn. 12:15 p.m. ESPN
Alamo Oregon vs. Texas Dec. 30, San Antonio 3:45 p.m. ESPN
Holiday Arizona State vs. Texas Tech Dec. 30, San Diego 7:15 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100

Arizona vs. Boston College Dec. 31, Shreveport, La. 9:30 a.m. ESPN
Sun Virginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas 11 a.m. Ch. 7
Liberty Rice vs. Mississippi State Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn. 1 p.m. ESPN


Texas A&M vs. Duke Dec. 31, Atlanta 5 p.m. ESPN
Gator Nebraska vs. Georgia Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla. 9 a.m. ESPN2
Heart of Dallas UNLV vs. North Texas Jan. 1, Dallas 9 a.m. ESPNU
Capital One Wisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla. 10 a.m. Ch. 4
Outback Iowa vs. Louisiana State Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla. 10 a.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif. 2 p.m. ESPN
Fiesta Baylor vs. Central Florida Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz. 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sugar Alabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2, New Orleans 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Cotton Missouri vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 3, Arlington, Texas 5 p.m., Ch. 13
Orange Ohio State vs. Clemson Jan. 3, Miami Gardens, Fla. 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Compass Vanderbilt vs. Houston Jan. 4, Birmingham, Ala. 10 a.m. ESPN
GoDaddy Arkansas State vs. Ball State Jan. 5, Mobile, Ala. 6 p.m. ESPN
BCS Florida State vs. Auburn Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif. 5:30 p.m. ESPN