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Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky (82) is brought down by WSU during the second half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 9:15 P.M.

Key moments in WSU’s 17-12 defeat to Minnesota in Holiday Bowl

Field position jump starts Golden GophersThe Minnesota offense could not put together a scoring drive against the Washington State defense early on, going three-and-out on its first drive and failing to cross midfield in three attempts. But the Minnesota defense ...

Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) runs the ball against Washington State during the first half of the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 7:58 P.M.

Minnesota outplays WSU, wins Holiday Bowl 17-12

And to think Minnesota was the team that some folks worried would not show up for the Holiday Bowl. The Washington State Cougars were present, but played like they were the ones boycotting, declining to muster even an anemic offense until the final, unimpactful seconds of their 17-12 loss in the Holiday Bowl.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk runs the ball against Minnesota during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 7:50 P.M.

Minnesota 17, WSU 12: How they scored

First quarterWSU 3, UM 0 FG Powell 26, 6:23 Drive: 17 plays, 76 yards, 6:33 Key plays: Sweet 12 pass from Falk; Martin 6 pass from Falk on third-and-4; Wicks 2 run on fourth-and-2 Second quarterWSU 3, UM 3 FG ...

WSU seniors Shalom Luani (18) and Robert Barber (92) mug for a photo after practice before the the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016, 10:18 P.M.

Cougars and Gophers finally going to play

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – There is a certain segment of football fans who claim to love the game, but only if there is a national championship at stake. More bowl games has led to more teams, which has yielded grumbling ...

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016, 10:18 P.M.

The pick: Who will win the Holiday Bowl

Bowl games can be crazy, and nobody knows that better than Mike Leach. He's won the biggest comeback in bowl game history (2006 Insight Bowl) and lost a game in which his team led by 15 with less than three minutes to play (2013 New Mexico Bowl).

WSU quarterback Luke Falk runs through drills during a practice before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Friday, Dec 23, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016, 10:17 P.M.

Holiday Bowl won’t be Luke Falk’s final game at WSU, unless it is

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Conflicting statements throughout Monday leave Luke Falk’s status at Washington State beyond Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl the same as when they day began: uncertain. Falk, a redshirt junior, is likely to be selected if he chooses to ...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is a key factor in the Golden Gophers’ offense. (Paul Battaglia / Associated Press)

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016, 10:17 P.M.

2 minute drill: Keys to the Holiday Bowl

Don’t take your eyes off … Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is a scoring machine, and if he gets in the red zone he goes back for a second scoring helping as often then not. The sophomore has 15 touchdowns so far in 2016, all of them rushing the ball, and had five multi-touchdown games. Smith also contributed 1,084 rushing yards while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

Chris Garofola, father of WSU safety Deion Singleton holds daughter Sophia, 4, as they watch the WSU Marching Band play during a Battle Of The Bands with the Minnesota Golden Gophers band before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at The Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

Holiday Bowl events

Fans and players attend pre-Holiday Bowl events in San Diego, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

WSU seniors Shalom Luani (18) and Robert Barber (92) mug for a photo after practice before the the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016, 9:56 P.M.

Cougars prepare to send off their seniors

Fans of Washington State football, aware that the 2016 season is approaching its inevitable conclusion, have taken to social media to express their sadness that the college football careers of Gabe Marks and WSU’s other seniors are about to end.

Injured WSU wide receiver River Cracraft and cornerback Marcellus Pippins enter the San Diego Zoo for a a tour with teammates before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at The San Diego Zoo in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Cougs visit the San Diego Zoo

For locals who chose to spend their Christmas Day at the San Diego zoo, the sight of exotic animals paled in comparison to the spectacle of watching the Washington State football players explore.

WSU players tour the USS America before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 9:35 P.M.

Cougars and Gophers tour USS America

The setting recalled the 1970 Academy Award winning film “Patton,” although the man in front of the massive American flag backdrop was a football coach, not a general, and his audience was composed not of infantrymen but football players and sailors.

Washington State’s Sammy Moore puts on a few last moves during his 51-yard punt return against Texas in the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016, 4 A.M.

Blanchette: WSU’s top 10 bowl performances

Sammy Moore, 2003 Holiday BowlHis production had dipped dramatically the last half of the season, but Moore was hell on Texas – TD receptions of 12 and 54 yards, a 51-yard punt return to set up another and 193 yards ...

WSU players tour the USS America before the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016

Cougars tour USS America

Washington State coach Mike Leach and Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys each addressed the teams assembled aboard the USS America (LHA-6), before the players and coaches broke into groups to tour the aircraft carrier, which is currently based at Naval Base San Diego.




Season status

Record: 8-5

Previous game:
WSU vs. Minnesota


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