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WSU bowl rewind: 2003 Rose Bowl

Video courtesy of huff99 on YouTube.

The talent on the field in Pasadena in 2003 was truly exceptional. No. 7 WSU boasted future NFL players such as Devard Darling, Hamza Abdullah, Marcus Trufant and others, while No. 8 Oklahoma would have four players picked in the upcoming NFL draft. The Cougars, coached by Mike Price, were 10-2, while Bob Stoops' Sooners boasted an 11-2 record.

The game, played after the 2002 season, was the first time that a Big-12 school could match up with a Pac-12 school due to the nature of the BCS. Because Ohio State was sent to the Fiesta Bowl to play Miami for the national championship, the Sooners were sent to the Rose Bowl.

A game summary, after the jump.

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.

WSU bowl rewind: 1998 Rose Bowl

Video courtesy of jcbakkar on YouTube.

Mike Price and the Cougars returned to the postseason following the 1997 season. With ultra-talented quarterback Ryan Leaf at the helm of WSU's offense, the Cougars were 10-1 and ranked No. 8 in the country. Their opponent in Pasadena was Michigan, the consensus No. 1 team in the country with an 11-0 record.

It was a matchup of heavyweights, to be sure, as nine players from the game would go on to be selected in the 1998 NFL Draft including Leaf with the No. 2 overall pick and Michigan's Heisman Trophy winning cornerback, Charles Woodson, with the No. 4 overall pick. The Cougars also had a pair of defensive tackles, Leon Bender and Dorian Boose, selected in the draft's second round, while Michigan fullback Chris Floyd and quarterback Brian Griese were pick in the third round of the draft.

Griese's father, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese, announced the game for ABC along with Keith Jackson.

The Cougars also received invaluable contributions from their receiving corps, affectionately known as the “Fab Five” and consisting of: Shawn McWashington, Kevin McKenzie, Shawn Tims, Chris Jackson and Nian Taylor.

More on the game, after the jump.

WSU bowl rewind: 1994 Alamo Bowl

The above video, courtesy of sedihawk on YouTube, is not from the 1994 Alamo Bowl. But it illustrates the dominance of the Palouse Posse, Washington State's fearsome defense that ranked No. 2 in the country, as it held Napoleon Kauffman and the No. 18 Huskies to just 6 points in the Apple Cup. The Cougars finished the 1994 season with a 7-4 record, collecting wins against No. 21 Illinois at Soldier Field and No. 18 UCLA in the Rose Bowl on the way.

WSU, coached by Mike Price, entered the Alamo Bowl ranked No. 24 in the country and ready to face Baylor, also 7-4, coached by Chuck Reedy.

More on the game, after the jump.

WSU bowl rewind: 1992 Copper Bowl

It was a Pac-12 pre-union of sorts when No. 18 Washington State took on Utah, then of the Western Athletic Conference. While Hawaii and Fresno State were the class of the WAC at the time, Utah (6-5, 4-4 WAC) was returning to postseason play for the first time since the 1964 Liberty Bowl.

The Cougars (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12), coached by Mike Price, were coming off a 42-23 win over rival their rival, Washington, who was ranked No. 5 in the country when the Apple Cup kicked off. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe was about to become the first pick in the NFL draft, and he would be joined on draft day by fourth-round linebacker Lewis Bush and seventh-round defensive tackle Clarence Williams.

More on the game, after the jump.

WSU bowl rewind: 1981 Holiday Bowl

Video courtesy of wazzulibrary on YouTube.

After a 50-year bowl drought, the Cougars returned to postseason play with the 1981 Holiday Bowl played against BYU. Coach Jim Walden led Washington State to an 8-2-1 record, and the Cougars were ranked No. 20 by the Associated Press. BYU, coached by the legendary LaVell Edwards, was ranked No. 14 in the country following a 10-2 season.

The Cougars nearly staged one of the biggest comebacks in school history. But which Cougars? Find out, after the jump.

WSU bowl rewind: 1916 Rose Bowl

Video courtesy of Tom Benjey on YouTube.

As part of the build up to Washington State's showdown with Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl, we're going to take a brief look every day at one of the Cougars' previous bowl appearances. Today we kickoff the segment with the 1916 Rose Bowl, WSU's first-ever bowl game.

Back in 1916, the Rose Bowl was known as the Tournament East-West Football Game, and didn't officially become known as the “Rose Bow” until 1922. It was played as part of the Tournament of Roses starting in 1916. However, the 1916 game was actually the second ever East-West Football Game. The the first was played in 1902, but was so uncompetitive — Michigan beat Stanford, 49-0 — that it was dropped from the festivities. Football returned to the Tournament of Roses after the organizers decided that the chariot races that had taken its place were too dangerous.

Washington State, coached by William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz entered the game undefeated with a 6-0 record on the season. The Brown Bruins, coached by Eddie N. Robinson, entered the game 5-3 with one tie. Brown also had a running back by the name of Fritz Pollard, who was the first African-American to ever play in the Rose Bowl.

Find out what happened, after the jump.

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