It was something they’d become obsessed with this month.
When Iowa State’s Willie Harvey reached ramming speed and drove the crown of his helmet straight at Minshew’s nose early in the second quarter of Friday’s Alamo Bowl, all the Washington State quarterback did was take the lick and bounce back to his feet.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 28-26 victory over Iowa State at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The senior transfer quarterback not only threw for 299 yards, ran for one touchdown, threw for two others, set WSU and Pac-12 single-season passing records but also made the play of the year.
Thirteen games after throwing his first pass for Washington State, Gardner Minshew has become the Pac-12’s career passing leader, usurping former Cal and current Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff for the top spot.
Friday’s attendance was announced at 60,675, making it the 14th highest-attended game in Alamo Bowl history.
Even though it erased a defensive touchdown for the Washington State cornerback, Deion Sanders gave Marcus Strong a thumbs-up for the celebration that followed his interception in Friday’s Valero Alamo Bowl.
Harvey, a redshirt senior from Florida, was flagged after leveling Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew on a 7-yard scramble in the second quarter. On third-and-11, the linebacker led with his helmet as Minshew slid to the turf near the 45-yard line, pinning him in the facemask and knocking the QB’s head back.
Follow along for updates as the Washington State Cougars face the Iowa State Cyclones in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST in the Alamodome.
The governors of Iowa and Washington are making a tasty wager over which football team will win the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
WSU won’t mind spending three to four hours trapped inside the San Antonio Alamodome for Friday’s Alamo Bowl against Iowa State. The Cougars won’t have to worry about the elements, but they will have to worry about a cyclone – rather the Cyclones, of Iowa State, who’ve been known to present challenges to offenses such as the WSU Air Raid.
Any canoe ride up the murky creek of social media tells us that the bowl system must die and that the playoff field must expand, and that seemed perfectly reasonable until it came time to board the plane out of Spokane.