American Football Database
American Football Database
2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
35th Holiday Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Baylor 14 21 7 7 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
UCLA 0 10 3 13 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Date December 27, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offense: Lache Seastrunk
Defense: Chris McAllister
Favorite UCLA by 1[1]
Referee Wayne Winkler (C-USA)
Attendance 55,507
Payout US$2.075 million per team [2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Dave Pasch (Play-by-play)
Brian Griese (Analyst)
Jenn Brown (Sideline)
Holiday Bowl
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The 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, the 35th edition of the game, is a postseason American college football bowl game between the Baylor Bears from the Big 12 Conference and the UCLA Bruins from the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12), on December 27, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The game is the final contest of the 2011 NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-FBS) football season for both teams, scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. PT kickoff and carried on both ESPN TV and ESPN Radio. This is the first Holiday Bowl appearance for both Baylor and UCLA, as well as the first-ever meeting between the two teams.[3] It also marks the first time one of the Pac-12's Southern California teams has played in the Holiday Bowl.



The Baylor Bears, winning their last three games, are among the best in the country, averaging 578.8 yards per game (first), averaging 353.3 yards passing (third), and averaging 44.1 points per game (fifth). They defeated then-No. 1 ranked Kansas State Wildcats 52–24 on November 17. Its Quarterback Nick Florence has passed for 4,121 yards for 31 touchdowns this season, and rushed for a gain of 531 yards and nine touchdowns. [4] Baylor is rated 117th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 62 touchdowns, 8 field goals for 458 points.


For the third time this season, the UCLA Bruins will be playing against a team that has defeated a No. 1 ranked team in the country. They lost the last two games to the Stanford Cardinal who defeated the then No. 1 rated Oregon Ducks on November 17.

The Bruins are led by quarterback Brett Hundley and senior running back Johnathan Franklin. Franklin, the school's all-time leading rusher, has carried the ball 268 times for 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 32 receptions for 319 yards. Hundley has completed 292 passes for 3411 yards and for 26 touchdowns. Additionally, he has run for 365 yards for nine touchdowns.

Defensively, UCLA is led by Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Kendricks is fifth in the nation with 137 tackles and has 10 or more tackles in eight games this season. Barr leads the nation with 13.5 sacks and has 20.5 total tackles for loss. He is credited with four forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Baylor UCLA
1 8:01 6 53 1:43 Baylor Glasco Martin 4-yard touchdown run, Aaron Jones kick good 7 0
1 4:22 7 84 3:04 Baylor Antwan Goodley 8-yard touchdown reception from Nick Florence, Aaron Jones kick good 14 0
2 11:08 5 76 1:36 Baylor Tevin Reese 55-yard touchdown reception from Nick Florence, Aaron Jones kick good 21 0
2 6:21 2 21 0:34 UCLA Joseph Fauria 22-yard touchdown reception from Brett Hundley, Ka'imi Fairbairn kick good 21 7
2 4:36 7 75 1:45 Baylor Glasco Martin 26-yard touchdown run, Aaron Jones kick good 28 7
2 1:58 4 56 1:17 Baylor Lache Seastrunk 43-yard touchdown run, Aaron Jones kick good 35 7
2 0:07 13 53 1:51 UCLA 30-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn 35 10
3 8:18 9 58 2:55 UCLA 40-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn 35 13
3 1:52 7 59 2:44 Baylor Glasco Martin 1-yard touchdown run, Aaron Jones kick good 42 13
4 12:25 5 35 2:17 UCLA Shaquelle Evans 24-yard touchdown reception from Brett Hundley, 2-point Brett Hundley pass attempt failed 42 19
4 7:46 7 31 3:20 Baylor Nick Florence 1-yard touchdown run, Aaron Jones kick good 49 19
4 0:00 1 34 0:08 UCLA Logan Sweet 34-yard touchdown reception from Brett Hundley, Ka'imi Fairbairn kick good 49 26
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.


Game notes


  1. Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2012
  2. "Bowls". Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  3. "Twitter / BUFootball: First-ever trip to the Holiday". Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  4. Chris Foster, UCLA to play Baylor in the Holiday Bowl, Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2012
  5. Franklin Finishes Second in Voting for Doak Walker Award,, December 6, 2012

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