Washington State football to close unique season with game against Miami at Sun Bowl

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Washington State will look for its eighth victory of the year and its fourth under the direction of its new coach, when the Cougars end this unique season on New Years Eve in a rare bowl rematch.

WSU (7-5) and Miami (7-5) meet at the Sun Bowl – six years later.

Kick-off is scheduled for December 31 at 9 a.m. in El Paso, Texas. CBS will broadcast the game from Sun Bowl Stadium.

On December 26, 2015, in gusty and heavy snowfall, the WSU claimed the first of two bowl wins during former coach Mike Leach’s tenure, outscoring the Hurricanes 20-14.

Since then, the Cougs have played in a bowl every winter – excluding 2020 coronaviruses. They are 8-8 in bowl appearances, including another Sun Bowl win, a 33-27 decision over Purdue under the direction of coach Mike Price in 2001.

“This year’s team has worked extremely hard to carry on the tradition of the bowl in Washington State and we look forward to writing the final chapter of our 2021 season,” recently hired coach Jake Dickert said in a statement. Press release.

The Cougars were 6-3 in conference this year and had a slim chance of winning the Pac-12 title game after their last game of the season. They were picked in the preseason polls to finish last in the Pac-12 North.

They have won their last two games, both against Arizona and Washington. About a day after the WSU’s most unbalanced Apple Cup triumph, Dickert went from caretaker to permanent coach.

The Hurricanes have been competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference game all season, but have fallen late in a couple of roller-coaster clashes and suffered big losses to their ranked foes Alabama – the top seed in the playoff standings. college football – and Michigan State.

Reports have recently emerged that Miami coach Manny Diaz may be about to leave.

Sun Bowl tickets can be ordered at wsucougars.com or by calling the Cougs box office Monday at 9 a.m. at 1-800-GO-COUGS.

Arizona State was chosen to play Wisconsin at the Las Vegas Bowl, a destination Cougar fans seemed to be hoping for.


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