2017 Holiday Bowl
The 2017 Holiday Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game, played at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California, on December 28, 2017. The 40th edition of the Holiday Bowl featured the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference versus the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference. It was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. Sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, the game was officially known as the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.
|2017 Holiday Bowl|
|Date||December 28, 2017|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|MVP||Brian Lewerke (QB, Michigan State) & Chris Frey, Jr. (LB, Michigan State)|
|Favorite||Michigan State by 3|
|Referee||Marc Curles (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft|
This was Michigan State's first appearance in a Holiday Bowl. The Spartans finished the 2017 regular season at 9–3, and were second in the B1G East Division (7–2). The team had upset wins over then-#7 Michigan and then-#7 Penn State. Their three losses were all against teams that finished in the AP Top 20 (#14 Notre Dame, #20 Northwestern and #5 Ohio State).
This was Washington State's fourth appearance in the Holiday Bowl, having lost to #14 Brigham Young in 1981, having defeated #5 Texas in 2003, and having lost to Minnesota in 2016. The Cougars finished the 2017 regular season at 9–3, and were third in the Pac-12 North Division (6–3). The season featured wins against then-#5 USC and then-#18 Stanford.
|Time of possession||36:42||23:18|
|MSU||Passing||Brian Lewerke||13/23, 213 yds, 3 TD|
|Rushing||LJ Scott||18 car, 110 yds, 2 TD|
|Receiving||Felton Davis||4 rec, 118 yds, TD|
|WSU||Passing||Tyler Hilinski||39/50, 272 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||James Williams||3 car, 14 yds|
|Receiving||James Williams||10 rec, 65 yds|