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Looking back at WSU’s 2015 Sun Bowl win over Miami

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It was five years ago today!

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Good morning Coug fans, and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. With not much else to talk about, let’s look back, because it was five years ago today that we all woke up and readied ourselves for the 2015 Sun Bowl, which matched our Washington State Cougars against the once-mighty Miami Hurricanes. Luckily, this isn’t the Miami team of the 90’s, or the 2001 team, for that matter.

That the game was played on Dec. 26 was only the first issue. The El Paso snowstorm that arrived mid-game was another. And if you were watching from home, a college basketball game prevented you from seeing the kickoff and Jamal Morrow’s touchdown to open the game. Thanks, CBS. As a tribute, someone calling themselves Uncle Bill’s VCR put the entire game on YouTube....beginning right after Morrow’s touchdown. It’s only fitting.

The game was the game: Gabe Marks scored a touchdown, the defense came up with some key takeaways, and Miami was nice enough to gift the Cougs an interception late in the game after a halfback pass. In a stow storm. Genius.

WSU got the ball back and was able to milk the clock thanks to a.....are you ready for this?.....Luke Falk read option. He kept the ball and raced for the first down, solidifying WSU’s first bowl win since the 2003 Holiday Bowl. It was WSU’s second Sun Bowl victory as well.

The win gave WSU a 9-4 record to end the season. It introduced fans to the fellow pictured at the top of this post. Merry Christmas, shirtless fan!

Since you have nothing else to do today, here’s the 30-minute version of the 2015 Sun Bowl:

Links

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Former TCU, Sumner High linebacker Ben Wilson announces transfer to Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
Last Wednesday, when Nick Rolovich unveiled Washington State's 2021 signing class, the coach indicated he'd leave a few scholarships open in case the Cougars came across anything, or anyone, intriguing on the transfer market.

Looking back: Tony Bennett-coached WSU took two of three vs. Mark Few's Zags | The Spokesman-Review
The Zags won all three games against the Dick Bennett-coached Cougars, the first by 38 points, then by two and the last by 14. Tony Bennett’s WSU squads went 2-1 against Few and Gonzaga, including a memorable matchup of ranked squads at the McCarthey Athletic Center.