Colorado State accepts invite to New Mexico Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) —Colorado State will play Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.

The Mountain West Conference’s Rams (7-6) also played in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, which was the team’s last trip to the postseason. The Rams defeated Fresno State 40-35.

The Cougars (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State finished the regular season with a 27-17 loss to rival Washington in the Apple Cup, but the team doubled its total wins from the year before — showing steady progress under second-year coach Mike Leach.

While the Cougars were bowl eligible, it did not mean they were guaranteed a postseason berth. Nine teams from the Pac-12 were eligible with just seven conference bowl spots.

Colorado State is coached by Missoula native Jim McElwain, who has family in Butte.



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