WSU football headed to LA Bowl

Will face Fresno State 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at SoFi Stadium



The WSU football team runs onto the field before the Apple Cup, Nov. 26.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

Following a 7-5 season, WSU football is taking its talents to Los Angeles for the 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.

The Cougars will face the Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

With many Cougs calling California home including senior linebacker Daiyan Henley, the LA Bowl is a welcome reward for a hard-fought season in which half of the Pac-12 qualified for the AP Top-25.

Fresno State enters the LA Bowl as Mountain West Champions after beating Boise State 28-16 in Boise, Idaho.

SoFi Stadium is the home to NFL teams Los Angeles Rams and Los Angles Chargers. It is an electric venue that hosted the most recent Super Bowl.

The team has not announced whether or not defensive coordinator Brian Ward will coach the game after he accepted the same job with Arizona State. Ward is an Arizona native so the chance to work closer to home is understandable yet still disappointing for a Cougar defense that led the Pac-12 in scoring (19.8 points per game) and was third in yards allowed.

Those statics that would have been even lower if they had not been completely obliterated by their rival University of Washington in the Apple Cup.

Losing the Apple Cup left a nasty taste in the mouth of several Cougs, some of which played their last game at Martin Stadium. The LA Bowl presents one last chance to end the season with a win.

Senior safety Armani Marsh was unable to play in the Apple Cup because of injury but is on track to play in the bowl game, head coach Jake Dickert said in his Friday press conference.

The team will travel to LA the Tuesday prior to the Saturday bowl game, WSU athletic director Pat Chun said in the LA Bowl press conference on Sunday.

Several WSU football players have already announced their entry into the transfer portal.

The Cougs will face Fresno State Bulldogs in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at SoFi Stadium.