THE 1996 PLYMOUTH HOLIDAY BOWL
Colorado (9-2) vs. Washington (9-2)
Colorado overcame an early 14-point deficit in a wild first half shootout, then turned up the defensive pressure to shut down the Washington Huskies in the second half and record a 33-21 victory.
Washington's Corey Dillon scored two first quarter touchdowns to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead, then the fireworks started. First it was a Holiday Bowl record 76-yard scoring pass from Koy Detmer to Rae Carruth to halve the Huskies' lead. Then a 31-yard interception return from Buffalo Nick Zeigler tied the game, followed by an 86-yard return of the ensuing kickoff by Jerome Pathon to give Washington a 21-14 lead.
But that wrapped up the Huskies scoring for the evening. Detmer completed 25 of 45 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns to earn offensive MVP honors and lead the Buffaloes to their fourth consecutive bowl victory. Carruth had seven catches for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns.