The Washington State Cougars have a bowl history that traces back a century. The Cougars first season playing football was in 1893 and it didn’t take them long to make it to a bowl game. Playing in the PCC (the precursor to the Pac-12) gave Washington State the ability to make it to the Rose Bowl, which was the nation’s only bowl game for some time. The Cougars did just that in 1916, making their first ever bowl appearance, and first appearance in the Rose Bowl.
That appearance in the 1916 Rose Bowl remains one of the most memorable games in Washington State bowl history. The Cougars defeated the Brown Bruins by a score of 14-0 at Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. Another memorable game in Washington State’s bowl history came in 1981 when the Cougars took on BYU in the Holiday Bowl. Although Washington State would lose a close 38-36 game, it was the first bowl trip for the Wazzu since 1931 and erased a 50 year bowl drought. The Cougars would return to bowl season only 7 years later in the Aloha Bowl, this time beating the Houston Cougars 24-22 to pick up the programs 2nd bowl victory. The victory in the Aloha Bowl would spark one of the most successful periods in Washington State football history. The Cougars would play in 6 bowl games between 1988 and 2003, including playing in the Rose Bowl in 1998 and 2003. The 1998 Rose Bowl appearance from Washington State was the first appearance by Wazzu in the historic bowl game since 1931.
The success of the late 80’s through the early 2000’s reignited the Washington State fanbase and put the Cougars back on the national map for postseason play. Wherever the Cougars play, they have a large and passionate following. The Crimson and Gray travel very well to bowl games and normally pack the house whenever the Cougars qualify for the post-season. Score with TicketCity – the place to go for Washington State Cougars Bowl Tickets.
Washington State Cougars Recent Bowl Game History
In 2013 Washington State qualified for their first bowl game in a decade. The Cougars took on the Colorado State Rams in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The game was played in front of more than 27,000 fans and had an average ticket price of $62, an increase from the $32 average ticket price of the 2012 New Mexico Bowl between Nevada and Arizona.