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ESPN has WSU bowl bound in Texas

WASHINGTON STATE may have surprised some, but they proved why they have stepped into the role of the favorite rather than underdog with their gutsy win over Arizona State in Tempe by the final of 37-32.

On the heels of their narrow win in the desert, Wazzu is closing in on one of their season goals - to be playing in a bowl game for the second time in the last three seasons.

Kevin Gemmell, ESPN staff writer, remains steady in his prediction that WSU will get an invitation to play in the Alamo Bowl on December 29, 2016. He duly noted that the Cougs can jump the next hurdle toward post season play next week. And if you ask anyone associated with WSU football they'll tell you that their sights are set on playing two post season games - Pac-12 Championship game and the Rose Bowl.

"Two teams are on the cusp of bowl eligibility with five wins: Washington State and Arizona State. Those two teams visit the Oregon schools next week, with the Sun Devils at Oregon and the Cougars at Oregon State, with a chance to lock up postseason spots."

What Gemmell neglected to mention was ASU could have become bowl eligible by downing Wazzu on their turf in their homecoming game. Well, that didn't turn out so well for the Sun Devils.

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN staff writer, passed out a well deserved helmet sticker to a Coug who symbolized the grittiness displayed by Wazzu for a full 60-minutes in Tempe.

"Washington State QB Luke Falk: On a night where former Washington State QB Connor Halliday’s single-game total yards record (751) was bested by Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahones (819), Falk was a modest 42 of 53 for 398 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-32 win over Arizona State."

Ironically, the record setting performance mentioned by Bonagura was similar in another way than filling up the stat sheet. Both Halliday and Mahones teams ending up on the losing side of the scoreboard when setting a new NCAA benchmark. Pretty sure both would have preferred a win over seeing their names in the record book.

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