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WSU bowl rewind: 2001 Sun Bowl

Video courtesy of Kristopher Jones on YouTube.

The 2001 Sun Bowl featured Mike Price's No. 13 Washington State against unranked Purdue, coached by Joe Tiller. The Cougars, 9-2, had already beaten No. 9 UCLA in Pullman and No. 23 Stanford in Palo Alto. Purdue began the season 4-0, but lost five of its final seven games to finish 6-5. The Boilermakers would send linebacker Akin Ayodele to the NFL, along with punter Travis Dorsch, who was drafted in the fourth round. Future NFL starting quarterback Kyle Orton was under center for Purdue.

More on the game, after the jump.

The Cougars continued their string of bowl success, beating Purdue, 33-27, for their fourth win in five bowl games. 

WSU started hot, scoring first when Jason David returned an Orton interception 45-yards for a score. The Cougars made it 14-0 in the first when Mike Bush hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jason Gesser.

But the Boilermakers took a three-point lead into halftime, outscoring WSU 20-3 in the second quarter for a 20-17 lead. Orton threw for 419 yards on the day, with four passing touchdowns.

WSU took control in the third quarter, scoring 13 unanswered points as Drew Dunning hit two of his four field goals. Gesser added a one-yard touchdown run, to go with his three passing touchdowns. However, Gesser completed just 15 of 40 passes on the day.

Dunning tacked on another field goal in the fourth quarter, and Orton's 51-yard touchdown pass wasn't enough to cut the deficit.

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