Washington State's bowl game destination, opponent revealed
Washington State will face Fresno State in the L.A. Bowl.
It’ll be the fifth meeting all-time between the two programs and the first since 1994 — a 24-3 Wazzu win in Pullman. The Cougars (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) will be playing in their seventh consecutive bowl game (not counting the COVID-shortened 2020 season). They’ll face a Fresno State team (9-4, 7-1 MWC) that just beat Boise State 28-16 to capture the Mountain West conference title.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT (ABC) on Saturday, Dec. 17 from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
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The Cougars are 8-9 in bowl games all time. In coach Jake Dickert’s first full season at the helm, they were one of the Pac-12’s best defenses. Against the Bulldogs, they’ll face one of the country’s better quarterbacks in Jake Haener. In nine games this season, Haener threw for 2,616 yards (290 a game) and 18 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He’s helped Fresno State to double-digit wins in four of its last five outings.
Haener missed four games midway through the season after being injured in the loss to USC to close out nonconference play. Fresno State lost four games in a row between September and October, but it has won eight straight since.
“We are excited for another opportunity to continue our season at the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, against a very good Fresno State program,” Dickert said. “We’re looking forward for the chance to send our seniors out on a winning note and can’t wait to see all the Coug fans out in Los Angeles.”