For the first time this season, Washington State’s high-scoring offense was shut out for an entire half during Saturday’s Sun Bowl victory over Miami.
EL PASO, Texas — By the middle of the third quarter, the snow was coming down so hard at Sun Bowl Stadium that the Sun Bowl logo at the 50-yard line had faded to reveal the UTEP Miners’ logo underneath.
For the first time since the 1987 game between Oklahoma and West Virginia, it snowed during the Sun Bowl.
The snow started in the second quarter, and by the end of Washington State’s 20-14 win over Miami on Saturday, the field was a blanket of white.
“I thought we were playing in the Sun Bowl, but it ended up being the snow bowl,” WSU quarterback Luke Falk said. “I thought we allowed the weather to affect us on offense more than it should have. But the defense had our back and got their game on.”
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For the first time this season, Washington State’s high-scoring offense was shut out for an entire half. WSU still had more yards (382) than the Hurricanes (344), but the Cougars couldn’t finish drives in the second half.
Surprisingly, even the no-nonsense Mike Leach conceded the heavy snow affected his team’s offensive production.
“It was both swirling and soaking wet, and there was enough snow that it obstructed vision, wind that it obstructed balls, (and was) slippery enough that you bring out one or two of those foot-scraper things and you need 11 of them,” Leach said. “The biggest thing it affects is consistency.”
Miami’s Jenkins ejected
The Cougars got a late Christmas present when Miami safety Rashawn Jenkins was ejected for targeting late in the second quarter after he tackled Gabe Marks head-first in the end zone.
Jenkins had two tipped balls and three tackles. His ejection meant that Miami played the second half down two of its better safeties, because the Hurricanes had sent Jamal Carter home earlier in the week for a violation of team rules.
Cougars reach milestones
WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer had three tackles and passed 100 for the season. He ended his sophomore year with 101 tackles.
Marks recorded his 100th reception, a 7-yard catch in the second quarter, and finished with 104 — second most in WSU history.
Marks ended his junior year with 1,192 receiving yards, and senior Dom Williams finished with 1,040 receiving yards this season.
It’s the first time the Cougars have had two receivers surpass 1,000 yards.
After missing four games because of a broken foot, senior left tackle Joe Dahl got to play a final time as a Cougar. He finished with 34 career starts and projects as an offensive guard in the NFL. He’ll play in the Senior Bowl in January.
The Cougars were without Riley Sorensen at center. Sam Flor earned his second career start.
River Cracraft also returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a foot injury. The junior receiver made several key fourth-down receptions, finished tied with Marks for the team lead in receptions (five) and had 63 yards.
|Most WSU passing yards in a bowl game|
|Luke Falk is fifth on the list.|
|Connor Halliday||2013||Colorado St.||410|