Michigan State routs Missouri State in first round of NCAA volleyball tournament

Michigan State routs Missouri State in first round of NCAA volleyball tournament

"Obviously, we didn't play in a bowl game previous year and we sort of got ourselves squared away and pushed back up to the top a little bit".

Michigan State was No. 16 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, No. 18 in the AP rankings and No. 19 in the Coaches Poll while Michigan was unranked in all three.

"We knew that it would be one of three bowls, it depends how everything sort of shakes out and I thought all three bowl games gave us a great opportunity to showcase our talents and to play a great football team".

For the first time in almost a decade, two top-20 teams will be facing off in the Holiday Bowl this year.

One year after suffering a humiliating 17-12 loss to a depleted Minnesota team, the Cougars will return to San Diego this bowl season for a matchup against the Big Ten Conference. They sold out their initial allotment of 7,000 Holiday Bowl tickets within 48 hours of the bowl announcement last December, and the chance to pit two ranked teams against each other outweighed the potential con of inviting WSU to San Diego for the second-straight year.

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"We had a great year, had some terrific games and we're exciting to watch", Johnson said.

The fourth bowl in five years for WSU will also mark the eighth appearance between the Cougars and the Spartans. A 3-pointer from Nebraska's Anton Gill made it 16-10 and MSU led 18-12 with 9:40 left in the half before going on a 16-4 run over 4:23 to take a 34-16 lead on a 3-pointer from Bridges.

Washington State: RB Jamal Morrow, 522 yards rushing, 479 receiving.

The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl will feature the Cougars against the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. WR Felton Davis has 51 catches for 658 yards and eight TDs. The Spartans, in their 11th year under coach Mark Dantonio, lost games against Notre Dame, Northwestern and Ohio State.

Washington State is making its third-straight bowl appearance and fourth in six years under Leach, marking the first time a coach has done either at WSU.

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