Washington State sold just under 3,200 tickets, WSU director of ticket operations Paul Finn tells CF.C.
Given the circumstances, that's not a bad turnout. In addition to the date and time, which meant travelling fans would need to spend Christmas in El Paso, the location offered virtually zero direct flights for Cougar fans. Wazzu fans were also let down when the Holiday and Foster Farms bowls, played in San Diego and Santa Clara respectively, passed over Washington State to select a repeat customer in USC and a team with one less conference win in UCLA.
The Sun Bowl payout to WSU is $2.15 million. After travel and other expenses are figured in, it is not uncommon for schools to break even or lose money on most bowl games.
Sun Bowl tickets were priced at three levels: $72, $67 and $57. If the remaining tickets were split evenly amongst the three price levels, WSU would owe somewhere around $185,000.
NOTE: The Pac-12 subsidizes up to half of unpurchased tickets for its teams in contracted bowls.
The Sun Bowl’s announced attendance for the game was 41,180.
It is unknown how many tickets Miami sold of their 6,000 allotment, though it is believed they sold less (perhaps significantly so) than Washington State.
Washington State won 20-14 to capture its first bowl win since the 2003 Holiday Bowl victory over No. 5 Texas. Cougar safety Shalom Luani's interception (pictured above) helped seal the win.