Cougars’ postseason results split over past 15 seasons; WSU awaits highest-profile bowl matchup since ’03 as it looks to clean up after back-to-back Holiday letdowns
Jan. 1, 2003: Quentin Griffin rushed 30 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, dominating the Cougs in Pasadena, California. Jason Gesser completed 17 of 34 passes for 240 yards and a score in his final college game.
Dec. 30, 2003: The Cougars’ defense played catalyst in a furious third-quarter onslaught, sacking Texas quarterbacks Chance Mock and Vince Young seven times and forcing three lost fumbles as WSU scored three straight touchdowns to overcome a 10-7 halftime deficit in San Diego. Jonathan Smith rushed 21 times for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.
Dec. 22, 2013: Connor Halliday lead the Cougars to an early 22-point lead in Albuquerque, N.M., and WSU had the game well in hand until it allowed a late 72-yard touchdown drive, fumbled on the ensuing drive and allowed another touchdown and 2-point conversion to tie. WSU fumbled the kickoff and CSU converted a field goal as time expired to finish the rally.
Dec. 26, 2015: Luke Falk completed 29 of 53 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars fought off the Hurricanes’ comeback in the midst of a blizzard in El Paso, Texas. Marcellus Pippins recovered a fumble on the goal line and WSU’s defense denied another late Miami drive to seal the victory.
Dec. 27, 2016: After leading 6-3 at halftime, the Cougars never got re-started in San Diego, yielding two touchdown drives before scoring late and posting their lowest scoring output of the season.
Dec. 28, 2017: The Cougars felt the absence of injured QB Luke Falk (hand), sinking into a 32-point hole after a first-quarter WSU field goal opened the scoring in San Diego.
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