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Alamo Bowl: Watch Texas vs. Oregon State Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 12/29/12 12:37PM EST
Valero Alamo Bowl

The Texas Longhorns will play the Oregon State Beavers in the Valero Alamo Bowl. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Texas Longhorns will play the Oregon State Beavers in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 6:45 p.m. ET and can be seen via WatchESPN and live TV stream online for free here.

This meeting will be third between Texas and Oregon State, with the Longhorns winning the previous two, the most recent a 61-16 rout in Austin in 1987. The Longhorns are the ones who won their only previous appearance in the Alamo Bowl, defeating Iowa 26-24 in 2006.

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One could classify each team's season as polar opposites -- Oregon State has made one of the country's biggest turnarounds at 9-3, winning six more games than it did last season, being ranked 13th and going to their first bowl game since 2009, while Texas is looking to legitimize what many consider to be a sub-par season of 8-4, ranking 23rd in the BCS and going a third consecutive season without a BCS bowl appearance.

And, both the Beavers and Longhorns have dealt with uncertain quarterback situations all year.

For Texas, David Ash started Texas' first 11 games but was benched in favor of Case McCoy during the team's 20-13 Thanksgiving loss to TCU. McCoy, though, won't be on the field to support his team after he and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks were sent home for breaking team curfew.

While Ash has completed 67.7 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, he will most likely face a hard challenge in contending with Oregon State's defense. It intercepted 19 passes this year, tied for sixth-most in the country, and forced 30 turnovers, tied for 12th.

Texas' defense allowed 35.0 points per game and 472.1 yards through its first seven games, but improved later on, cutting those numbers to 21.6 and 328.4, respectively, in the final five contests. The secondary must slow down wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who ranks 11th in the country with 100.6 receiving yards per game.

Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion led the team to a 4-0 start before he suffered a knee injury that required surgery, which led to junior Cody Vaz taking over before he himself suffered a high ankle sprain. Mannion then regained the starting job against Oregon, but struggled with four interceptions in a 48-24 loss. In his start in the season finale, however, he went 20 of 23 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in a 77-3 blowout of Nicholls State, while Vaz completed 14 of 17 passes for 190 yards and three scores.

Both Mannion and Vaz helped the Beavers rank 15th in the country with 316.5 passing yards per game. Vaz has been named the starter for the Alamo Bowl.

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