ESPN shifts WSU to new bowl position

WASHINGTON STATE MAY NOT have put up the gaudy numbers on offense against UCLA that fans have come to expect but they took another step closer to winning the Pac-12 North with a convincing 27-21 win over the Bruins in Pullman Saturday night.

When it comes to winning the Pac-12 North, non-conference wins and losses are meaningless. After weeks of reading every story covering Wazzu published by ESPN open with the caveat, "...WSU lost their first two games to Eastern Washington and Boise State", Dave Lombardi focuses in on what the Cougs have done lately in his Pac-12 Blog post.

"Washington State continues to make us prematurely lick our chops about the Apple Cup. The Cougars visit Arizona State next. Despite big-time struggles in their 40-16 loss at Colorado, ASU can clinch bowl-eligibility in that home game." - Dave Lombardi, ESPN Staff Writer

Lombardi went on to reevaluate who might send out an invitation to Washington State to play in their post season bowl game. He now has the Cougs going to the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 29, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

The last time Wazzu played in the Alamo Bowl dates back to 1994. They finished the regular season with a mark of 7-4 while being ranked No. 24 and had the second stingiest defense in college football. WSU Hall of Fame coach Mike Price led his Cougars to a 10-3 win over Baylor.

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Kyle Bonagura, ESPN Staff Writer, passed out an ESPN game sticker to a special teams guy who may have turned the corner on his season for Wazzu:

"Washington State kicker Erik Powell: Coming into the game, the Cougars were the only team in FBS without a made field goal. Not anymore. Erik Powell twice connected on field goals of 36 yards -- one in the first quarter, one in the fourth -- to provide the winning margin in a 27-21 win against UCLA."

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