List of Washington State Cougars bowl games

The Washington State Cougars college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Washington State University in the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Since the establishment of the team in 1888, Washington State has appeared in 12 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are four appearances in the Rose Bowl Game and one Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances, in the 2003 Rose Bowl.[1][2] The latest bowl occurred on December 26, 2015, when Washington State defeated Miami, Florida 20-14 in the 2015 Sun Bowl.


dagger Bowl game record attendance
double-dagger Former bowl game record attendance

W Win
L Loss

Bowl games

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[3] Head coach
1 Rose Bowl W 14–0 January 1, 1916 1915 Brown Bruins Tournament Park Pasadena 7,000 Dietz, William HenryWilliam Henry Dietz
2 Rose Bowl L 24–0 January 1, 1931 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide Rose Bowl Pasadena 60,000 Hollingbery, BabeBabe Hollingbery
3 Holiday Bowl L 38–36 December 30, 1981 1981 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium[A 5] San Diego 52,419 Walden, JimJim Walden
4 Aloha Bowl W 24–22 December 25, 1988 1988 Houston Cougars Aloha Stadium Honolulu 35,132 Erickson, DennisDennis Erickson
5 Copper Bowl W 31–28 December 29, 1992 1992 Utah Utes Arizona Stadium Tucson 40,876double-dagger Price, MikeMike Price
6 Alamo Bowl W 10–3 December 31, 1994 1994 Baylor Bears Alamodome San Antonio 44,106 Price, MikeMike Price
7 Rose Bowl L 21–16 January 1, 1998 1997 Michigan Wolverines Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,635 Price, MikeMike Price
8 Sun Bowl W 33–27 December 31, 2001 2001 Purdue Boilermakers Sun Bowl El Paso 47,812 Price, MikeMike Price
9 Rose Bowl L 34–14 January 1, 2003 2002 Oklahoma Sooners Rose Bowl Pasadena 86,848 Price, MikeMike Price
10 Holiday Bowl W 28–20 December 30, 2003 2003 Texas Longhorns Qualcomm Stadium[A 5] San Diego 61,102 Doba, BillBill Doba
11 New Mexico Bowl L 48–45 December 21, 2013 2013 Colorado State Rams University Stadium Albuquerque 27,104 Leach, MikeMike Leach
12 Sun Bowl W 20–14 December 26, 2015 2015 Miami Hurricanes Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 41,180 Leach, MikeMike Leach
13 Holiday Bowl December 27, 2016 2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers Qualcomm Stadium San Diego Leach, MikeMike Leach


  1. Statistics correct as of 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Washington State win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. Links to the season article for the Washington State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. Links to the season article for the opponent that Washington State competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. 1 2 Originally called Jack Murphy Stadium from 1980 to 1997, in 1998 it was renamed Qualcomm Stadium.[4]


  1. 1 2 Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 29
  2. Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 31
  3. Bowl/All-Star Game Records, pp. 32–38
  4. Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 8
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