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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.[1]

2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
40th Holiday Bowl
1234 Total
Washington State 3077 17
Michigan State 021147 42
DateDecember 28, 2017
Season2017
StadiumSDCCU Stadium
LocationSan Diego, California
MVPBrian Lewerke (QB, Michigan State) & Chris Frey, Jr. (LB, Michigan State)
FavoriteMichigan State by 3
RefereeMarc Curles (SEC)
Attendance47,092
United States TV coverage
NetworkFS1
AnnouncersGus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
Holiday Bowl
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Contents

TeamsEdit

Michigan StateEdit

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).

Washington StateEdit

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.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MSU WSU
1 05:45 14 64 6:05 WSU 45-yard field goal by Erik Powell 0 3
2 07:34 16 81 9:24 MSU Cody White 15-yard touchdown reception from Brian Lewerke, Matt Coghlin kick good 7 3
2 04:34 4 63 2:03 MSU Felton Davis 49-yard touchdown reception from Brian Lewerke, Matt Coghlin kick good 14 3
2 00:29 6 68 2:43 MSU LJ Scott 3-yard touchdown run, Matt Coghlin kick good 21 3
3 10:28 10 67 4:32 MSU Cody White 10-yard touchdown reception from Brian Lewerke, Matt Coghlin kick good 28 3
3 05:08 7 27 3:47 MSU Damion Terry 6-yard touchdown run, Matt Coghlin kick good 35 3
3 02:06 7 80 3:02 WSU Davontavean Martin 14-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Hilinski, Erik Powell kick good 35 10
4 08:26 9 67 2:57 WSU Davontavean Martin 15-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Hilinski, Erik Powell kick good 35 17
4 06:14 4 46 2:12 MSU LJ Scott 28-yard touchdown run, Matt Coghlin kick good 42 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 42 17

StatisticsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 21 14 7 42
Cougars 3 0 7 7 17
Statistics MSU WSU
First downs 25 17
Plays–yards 440 296
Rushes–yards 227 24
Passing yards 213 272
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 13–22–1 39–50–1
Time of possession 36:42 23:18
Team Category Player Statistics
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MICHIGAN STATE AND WASHINGTON STATE ANNOUNCED IN TOP 20 MATCH-UP FOR 40TH ANNUAL SDCCU HOLIDAY BOWL". Holiday Bowl. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2016.