Washington State, Miami to square off in Sun Bowl rematch

<p><p>Washington State will try for its eighth win of the year, and fourth under its new coach, when the Cougars cap this unique season on New Year’s Eve in a rare bowl-game rematch.</p></p><p><p>WSU (7-5) and Miami (7-5) are meeting again in the Sun Bowl – six years later.</p></p><p><p>Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. PST in El Paso on Dec. 31. CBS will broadcast the game from Sun Bowl Stadium.</p></p><p><p>On Dec. 26, 2015, in gusts and heavy snowfall, WSU picked up the first of two bowl victories in former coach Mike Leach’s tenure, topping the Hurricanes 20-14.</p></p><p><p>Since then, the Cougs have played in a bowl every winter – excluding coronavirus-affected 2020. They are 8-8 in bowl appearances, including another Sun Bowl win, a 33-27 decision over Purdue under coach Mike Price in 2001.</p></p><p><p>“This year’s team has worked tremendously hard to carry on the bowl tradition at Washington State and we look forward to writing the final chapter of our 2021 season,” recently hired coach Jake Dickert said in a press release.</p></p><p><p>The Cougars went 6-3 in conference play this year and had a slim chance of making the Pac-12 title game after their final game of the season. They were picked in preseason polls to finish last in the Pac-12 North.</p></p><p><p>They have won their past two games, both blowouts over Arizona and Washington. Roughly a day after WSU’s most lopsided Apple Cup triumph, Jake Dickert was lifted from interim to permanent coach.</p></p><p><p>The Hurricanes were competitive in Atlantic Coast Conference play all season, but fell late in a couple of seesaw matchups and suffered big losses to ranked foes Alabama – the top seed in the College Football Playoff bracket – and Michigan State.</p></p><p><p>Reports have emerged recently that Miami coach Manny Diaz may be on his way out.</p></p><p><p>Tickets for the Sun Bowl can be ordered at wsucougars.com, or by calling the Cougs’ ticket office as early as 9 a.m. Monday morning at 1-800-GO-COUGS.</p></p><p><p>Arizona State was picked to play Wisconsin in the Las Vegas Bowl, a destination Cougar fans seemed to be hoping for.</p></p>