Michigan State (9-3, Big Ten) vs. Washington State (9-3, Pac-12), Dec. 28, 9 p.m. EST
LOCATION: San Diego
Michigan State: C Brian Allen, named second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media.
Washington State: RB Jamal Morrow, 522 yards rushing, 479 receiving.
Michigan State: The Spartans completely reversed last season’s 3-9 record with a young team that wasn’t expected to do much. WR Felton Davis has 51 catches for 658 yards and eight TDs.
Washington State: The Cougars were the only Pac-12 team to beat conference champ Southern California this year. Washington State has scored at least 30 points eight times.
Washington State 23, Michigan State 21. (Sept. 17, 1977)
Michigan State: First appearance in Holiday Bowl, 10th bowl in 11 seasons under coach Mark Dantonio.
Washington State: Fourth appearance in Holiday Bowl and second in a row, fourth bowl appearance in six years under coach Mike Leach.
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