Chris Simms and Texas wanted to wind up in a bowl game in Southern California, and they did. Only the Longhorns will spend the holidays in San Diego instead of Pasadena.
After losing an opportunity to reach the Rose Bowl and the national championship game, the No. 10 Longhorns accepted a bid Monday to play No. 20 Washington in the Holiday Bowl.
Texas (10-2) had its title hopes wrecked Saturday in a 39-37 loss to Colorado in the Big 12 championship game. Simms threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.
Several other teams, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Iowa and Iowa State, firmed up their bowl trips Monday.
The Orange and Sugar bowls planned to make announcements Tuesday, with Atlantic Coast Conference champion Maryland expected to go to the Orange and Big Ten champ Illinois expected to play in the Sugar.
Kansas State (6-5) is headed to the Insight.Com Bowl on Dec. 29 in Phoenix to play Syracuse (9-3).
The Wildcats beat Syracuse 35-18 in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State's first bowl under coach Bill Snyder was the Copper Bowl in 1993, which eventually became the Insight.Com bowl.
Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury will play in front of a hometown crowd when the Red Raiders face Iowa in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Antonio.
Tech (7-4) and Iowa (6-5) met in the Alamo Bowl in 1996, and the Red Raiders lost 27-0.
Iowa State (7-4) is headed to the Independence Bowl. The Cyclones' opponent for the game Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La., has not been determined. It will be Arkansas if Tennessee beats LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
Texas A&M, relegated to a bottom-tier postseason game after going 4-4 in the Big 12, will play in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl on Dec. 28 in the Astrodome.
The Aggies (7-4) will face the winner of Friday's Conference USA game between TCU and Southern Miss.
Louisiana Tech, which won the Western Athletic Conference in its first season as a member, is going to the Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 31 in Boise, Idaho.
The Bulldogs (7-4) will face an undetermined at-large opponent. Among the possibilities reportedly under consideration are UCLA (7-4), Mississippi (7-4) and Clemson (6-5).
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