WSU Holiday Bowl allotment: 7,000 tickets; Bill Moos expects strong sales from WSU alums in SoCal and close by

THE LAST TIME Washington State went to the Holiday Bowl in 2003 it had to request extra tickets beyond its allotment, ultimately selling 12,000 for the San Diego-based bowl game. With the Holiday allotting 7,000 tickets to WSU this year, and 9,300 WSU alums in SoCal alone, Washington State AD Bill Moos said he’s confident the Cougs will sell all of them, and maybe more.

“I have every reason to believe we’ll make that,” Moos said of the 7,000 ticket allotment. “We’ve got a lot of alumni in southern California and we even have an alumni chapter in San Diego.”

Of the 9,300 alums in SoCal, Moos said Washington State has 2,300 in San Diego alone.

He’s also expecting a decent number of the 11,000 WSU alums in Northern California, 5,000 in Arizona and 2,200 in Nevada will also want to buy tickets and travel to Qualcomm Stadium for the Dec. 27 matchup vs. Minnesota (4pm, ESPN).

For ticket information, head to WSU's "bowl game central" webpage.

Mike Leach said Sunday afternoon he didn’t know very much about Minnesota, other than the fact “they’re a big, tough Big Ten team.

“I’m sure we’ll exchange film with them today or tomorrow and will have plenty to watch,” said Leach.

Leach said all bowls are great but the Holiday is one of his favorite bowl destinations, recalling fond memories of a top-notch experience in 2004. Leach's Texas Tech team beat Jeff Tedford's Cal squad 45-31 that year. Cal's team featured Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Marshawn Lynch and J.J. Arrington at running back.

Leach said the Cougs will get in a good number of bowl practices in the three weeks before the game but that WSU wouldn't "psychotically" go overboard with the number of practices.

He didn't say how many the Cougs would hold all told but noted next week is final exams week at WSU, and that he didn't want to adversely affect the players' focus in the classroom by holding a bunch of practices during that time. The other limiting factor is recruiting, with the WSU assistant coaches expected out on the road this coming week, in schools and and in prospects' living rooms.

Typically, when the assistant coaches are out on the recruiting trail in December, WSU under Leach has held at least a few bowl practices where he runs the offense, the DC runs the defense and the graduate assistants fill in as well.

•    WHAT: The 39th Holiday Bowl
•    KICKOFF TIME: 4 pm Pacific
•    THE LINE: Coming soon
•    TV: ESPN
•    THE SERIES: UM leads 3-2
•    LAST MEETING: 1988, WSU won 44-9

* Ten years ago, Leach’s Texas Tech team fell behind Minnesota by 31 points in the third quarter before rallying to a 44-41 overtime victory in the Insight Bowl, the largest comeback in DI-A bowl history.

* Moos said he began targeting the Holiday after the Apple Cup loss put the Rose Bowl out of the picture. But the Holiday kept things close to the vest. “We had some interest from the Alamo Bowl, but I felt that was a long shot and would necessitate some dominoes falling in a different way than they did,” Moos said. “I felt we’d be the (Holiday’s) top pick but they didn’t show their cards until today.”

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