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The Lahaina, Hawaii, native and consensus All-American didn’t play in the first half of the game because of his targeting ejection in WSU’s previous game against Washington.
No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”
The key players in Michigan State’s 42-17 win over Washington State at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.
This one may have been decided before the first kickoff, which featured the first of many poor Washington State decisions.
While Washington State must wait at least another year for a 10-win season, Michigan State and coach Mark Dantonio reached that plateau for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke was more than the “other quarterback” in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl.
The Cougars escaped disaster early in the first quarter on when Jamal Morrow fumbled a punt on his own 7-yard line, but managed to fall on the ball just as MSU’s Matt Morrissey arrived.
Washington State’s history in the Holiday Bowl against the Big Ten Conference and the Cougars’ well-documented inability to contain quarterbacks with the ability to run and pass morphed into one big catastrophe Thursday at SDCCU Stadium on a still night in San Diego.
The Holiday Bowl pregame show had a little of everything – and something special.
Starter Luke Falk was seen wearing a cast when he arrived at the Cougars’ bowl practice Tuesday at Southwestern College and the Cougars’ fourth-year senior starter was careful to keep his left hand in his pocket at bowl events throughout the week.
Highlights from Washington State’s 42-17 loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.
It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because he created drama.”
SAN DIEGO – It really was a silly question. Asked why he had trekked to San Diego for his second Holiday Bowl in a row, Washington State football fan Bill Grantham took one look around Wednesday morning and lifted his head to the warm sun.
Even Hercules would have crumbled under this weight.
The Cougars have been hit hard with drama since the their 27-point loss in the Apple Cup, learning first about their head coach’s reported interested in the Tennessee job, then that a pair of talented outside receivers were no longer with the program. Rumors began to swirl about their defensive coordinator’s future in Pullman and the health of Luke Falk became another talking point when the WSU quarterback arrived to Tuesday’s practice in San Diego with a cast covering his non-throwing hand.
Theo Lawson’s keys to a possible WSU victory over Michigan State in the Holliday Bowl.
Another Big Ten challenge will be awaiting the Cougars Thursday at 6 p.m. (FS1) as they gear up for their fourth bowl game in five years.
Joe Bachie is a special player. Special enough to be the first sophomore in 13 years to be named Michigan State’s Most Valuable player and the first in 11 years under coach Mark Dantonio.
It takes top-level speed, physical toughness and mental fortitude to thrive as an inside linebacker at Washington State. What it does not take, necessarily, is any sort of experience playing inside linebacker.
Both Louisiana natives who found their way to Pullman in 2015, Hunter Dale and Kirkland Parker share a similar upbringing that’s tightened their bond on and off the football field.